Question about 2005 Ford Escape
I believe after a couple of days of installing a new battery,taking it to a shop, testing okay for starter ,altenator, and battery,searching for a accessory on, that I have a drain,,some posts tell me to remove the negative some say the positive,,most agree stick to the fuse panel under the hood...what is the truth?
Disconnecting either battery cable accomplishes the same thing (breaking the circuit). most people recommend disconecting the negative because there is no chance of grounding out your wrench while doing so, wheras if you are disconecting the positive and your wrench bumps a ground point it will arc.
Posted on Feb 11, 2014
Testimonial: "Thank You, When you say it like that I should have seen it..I just bought it this car a week ago, I can read and i am very grateful for any help..i will buy the tester on Friday ,,,unhook the positive and? ..I believe I understand checking each fuse for a reading, but do you think I start under the hood or in the car? Again very thankful, Lori"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: something is draining my battery
This response contains troubleshooting procedures designed to locate the cause of an overnight power drain resulting in a dead battery, It assumes the charging system is working.
The first (and easiest) test I run is on the battery.
When you are done using it for the evening, pull the Negative battery cable.
In the morning, re-connect it. If it's dead again, the battery need replacement. This does not necessarily mean you found the problem.
If it starts, the battery is ok. It's time to look for the power drain.
With the ignition off, ensure the systems that should be off actually are off. For example: does the radio still come on? Wipers? Etc.?
In the same vein, has anything new been installed lately?
The next test is a lot more tedious. You will need a test light, needle nose pliers (to pull fuses) and the proper tools to remove the negative battery terminal (again).
This procedure will allow you to focus in on the problem area. Let me know what you find out.
Hope this helps
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Posted on Jul 24, 2008
If the positive wire is hot, its connection is bad, check and clean all corrosion at the terminal connections to the actual wire and at the terminal connection to the battery. Do this for both battery cables. Hope this helps, let me know.
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
Testimonial: "THAT WAS MY NEXT MOVE, BUT I'M GLAD TO HEAR IT FROM AN EXPERT. THANK YOU."
If you have gone as far enough as pulling every fuse and relay every where, try disconnecting the altinator and the starter. I wish you luck.
Posted on Mar 01, 2011
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