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I had to remove a fuse in my 1998 ford escort, stop battery drain

The car radio, cigar lighter, interior light and clock in my 1998 ford escort drain the car battery, unless i remove the fuse to stop this which means i don't have the use of any of these. they all run off the same fuse
how can i fix this? could it be the car radio wiring?

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  • Ernesto May 11, 2010

    it's an aftermaket radio or factor, plug the fuse back up and see if you glove light stay on. let me know

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First, is your battery definitely good? a failing battery can make a normal draw seem to be a parasitic draw. secondly, do you know how many milliamps are being drawn from the battery while key is out of the car and everything is turned off? if you find that less than 50 mA are being drawn while key off, then this is considered acceptable battery draw. make sure no accessories are plugged into lighter, and remove the bulb from the interior light. if excessive mA are still being drawn now, then your radio (or wiring if not original) is probably the cause

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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I will add to the other solutions because their excellent, especially the current draw discussions. That is only good if you have a Volt Meter and understand what was said. You found the circuit now split it out. As was said unplug the radio and put the fuse back ,unless you understand the use of an amp meter then you can use that.,

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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