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Locate the positive and negative side of a 19.2 craftsman battery


use a volt meter one way will swing to voltage the other way will swing away. If the battery is very dead you may need to use lower voltage setting but start at or above batteries voltage on selector scale.

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My battery keeps getting drained when my car is not running. auto place said that I have a drain when my car is not running and that my battery andalternator test good. What might be draining my batte


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I have a 2008 Ford Ranger with a good battery, good connections, good alternator, etc. I have been trying to,figure out why the battery is draining overnight only. This happened twice and both times


Switch your Digital Multi meter to DC AMPs. Amps is usually indicated by an "A" on the Multi meter Switch. AC is usually shown as a "~" symbol and DC shown as a "-" symbol. You usually have to move the multi meter positive lead to a separate socket on the multi meter to check for amps. Sometimes there are 2 sockets, (a high range and a low range). Always test on the highest setting first. For example: High setting on your multi meter may be 10 Amp. Test on the 10 Amp setting first, then if the current drawn is less than your Multi meter's (low setting) move to that setting and keep testing. For example: On my multi meter the low setting is 0.3 Amps. Also indicated as 300mA (mA x 1000 = A).

Remove the battery's positive cable.

Connect the multi meter's positive probe to the battery's positive post while simultaneously holding the negative probe from the multi meter up in the air, to keep it away from anything metallic.

Place the negative probe of the multi meter on the end of the removed positive cable to complete the circuit.

That's right, you're putting a negative on a positive, but its ok, because if the drain is severe enough, you're most likely to blow a fuse or two, which will identify the problem area.

Above I said to remove the positive battery cable because that is the way I do it. You can do the same test with the negative battery cable removed. In fact for you that may be a better way to do the test, because there would be no way for any electrical issues to occur by accidently grounding the negative probe from the multi meter. i hope you understand what I'm saying here.

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I hooked up an amp meter on positive side of battery, everything off, it showed 300ma of battery drain. After pulling all fuses; I found one fuse that zeroed out the amp meter. The fuse is located in the...


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ALLDATA etc
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The circuit the fuse is on won't get you to
the module, not timing out
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I have used a test lite from positive side of battery to unhooked positive cable, will this work same as an ammeter in series?


hi. no this set up will not work in place of an AMP meter. The meter is fused and can handle the amp draw of the circuit being checked. The test light can not read amp draw nor can it handle high amperage the wire size and bulb are to small.

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How long does the original battery last? What is required to replace it since it is in a wheel well.


Most batteries wear out every 3 to 5 years and need to be replaced. Always replace your battery with an equal replacement battery to assure proper operation.

To check a battery surface voltage, remove the positive terminal protective cover. Connect the positive side meter lead (red) to the positive side battery terminal. Connect the negative (black) side meter lead to the negative battery terminal. With the vehicle not running and the car sitting over night the battery voltage should be between 12.5 and 12.8 volts.(You will need to use a voltmeter for this testing procedure). If the voltage is not up to specs, replace the battery asap.


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This is quite easy. The battery is located near the driver's front right wheel, just behind the wheel liner panel. You will need to turn the wheel all the way in to access the panel to remove the battery. I would raise the car, if possible, to make it a little easier. Raise the car and support the entire frame on support stands, if you can do that.

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