<VV> Electrical Question

FrankCB frankcb at aol.com
Fri May 1 15:28:51 EDT 2009

     I'd instead suggest putting an ammeter (or DMM) in series with the cable and reconnect to the battery.  Now you have a way of measuring how much current flow you're getting.  Start disconnecting ONE fuse at a time and see which one causes the current flow to stop.  That's the circuit that has the drain.  If that doesn't work then start looking at UNfused circuits, as Mike suggests.  Pull out bulbs or otherwise disconnect individual circuits until you find that one that stops the drain on the battery.
     Reminds me that I drove our 1989 Beretta for many months with some electrical problem inside the driver's door (maybe retractable seat belt lock mechanism?).  The battery drain was only a few tenths of an ampere, so I'd leave the fuse in on a short trip to the stores, but pull that fuse if I was leaving the car for many hours or overnight.
     Good luck and let us know what you find.
     Frank "measure before disconnecting" Burkhard

In a message dated 05/01/09 13:20:13 Eastern Daylight Time, kovacsmj at sbcglobal.net writes:
Quick check is to pull all the fuses and see if you still get a current draw. If it stops....start to replace fuses. If it does not stop, ya gotta start looking at the un fused circuits. Check dome lights, glove box lights, hood or trunk lights. 

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