<VV> Electrical Question

Bob Gilbert bgilbert at redshift.bc.ca
Fri May 1 17:37:22 EDT 2009

Darryl from here in BC mentioned that he had a similar situation with a golf
cart and in his situation the battery had reversed polarity and that the
golf cart people said it happens from time to time. It was so odd that I had
to go out and check and sure enough it has reversed!


I wouldn't have thought it possible. I even checked the meter against a D
cell to make that it was reading correctly


Can somebody explain this?


Just when you think you've seen it all.............






From: FrankCB [mailto:frankcb at aol.com] 
Sent: May-01-09 12:29 PM
To: Michael Kovacs; Bob Gilbert
Cc: VV
Subject: Re: <VV> Electrical Question



     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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