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When the ignition is off there is still a power drain there is a short some where it is not the battery or altranator got any ideas

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Start buy pulling the fuses one at a time until you pull the one that the drain goes away. Then you have narrowed it down to that circiut. The star unpluging the individual items on that circuit until you locate the problem.

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One more question, since i have a new battery, and we pin point it to be the alternator, will it drain the battery while the car is sitting over night, i need to know and thanks

Hi Laura:
Most modern vehicles have a bunch of "smart" things that draw a very small amount of power all the time, so left alone, the drain on the battery will eventually make it go dead.
Anything that draws more power, like a fuel pump or lights, is usually switched so that when the ignition is off, there is no power consumed.
The short sweet answer, The car should be fine sitting overnight. It might be a good idea to have jumper cables and a friend handy just in case.

Mar 30, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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I have Hyundai excel wen go to start in morning battery some times is dead I have replaced battery same thing also some days jut won't start no spark but lights on dash r on will start after a couple...

sounds like something is draining the battery while parked. was the replacement battery new? get it checked for faults, can happen.. buy a cheap amp meter with a blade fuse probe. remove each fuse one by one and look for high current values while car turned off. this should then give you an idea of what in the car is draining battery, refer to manual for items on fuses. dash lights take very little current to light but to turn the engine takes loads, hence no spark

Dec 08, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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1999 durango won't start

New battery drained = something is still powered, open/short.
new ign switch and steering won't lock = something was not put together right and the ignition is staying on and draining the battery.

Jan 19, 2013 | 1999 Dodge Durango

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Battery is discharged

If she turns off the radio and the battery stays up, it is easy enough to fix. But I do not think enough power is used to completely discharge the battery overnight.

Intermittent shorts are very hard to find, so you really can not blame the repair facility for not being lucky enough to find the problem. It is really a hit or miss situation to catch the defect when it occasionally happens.

There are a few cheaper parts to guess with as causes. A bad ignition switch may not turn off when the key is in the off position. Relays for the ignition, fuel pump, or electric cooling fan may not release when the ignition is switched off. Rear defrosters will silently drain the battery.

What you are looking for is something which does not blow a fuse, yet uses enough current to kill the battery. Bad diodes in the Alternator can easily drain a battery, have the Alternator tested for Diode function.

Can't say how much power the Alarm system is suppose to use. It is one of the few systems which operates with the car turned off. Again, whether it can draw that much power in a short period of time is questionable.

You can get free wiring diagrams at after registering your car. They also provide Relay box diagrams.

You can safely use an Ohmmeter on the circuits when the battery is disconnected. The idea is that the positive and negative wire leads are suppose to be separate. If you find a positive wire that is letting the Ohmmeter ground to the negative side, you have found the short. The 2 charges do not mix in things that are turned off. It means that the positive wire is touching the frame somewhere or powering a lightbulb or electric device instead of breaking a fuse.

I hope my solution helps you. Since you paid someone to fix this and some States require at least 30 days for repair Warranties, take it back.

Sep 03, 2012 | 2002 Toyota Tundra

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Installed a new battery and just seating for two day it discharged the battery

well many things will drain battery, faulty alternator,bad door power could have short.interior dome light remain on.short in ignition switch or ecm will drain battery.

Nov 08, 2011 | 1986 Ford F150 SuperCab

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1994 Toyota pickup, 6 cylinder, manual transmission, 4WD: i have electrical power, UNTIL i turn the key to the starter position; THEN i lose ALL power. It appears to totally drain the battery in an...

check the drain on the battery, with the ignition on, it could be a faulty starter motor or a bad earth, check the earthing strips for damage, and the shell earths. battery could be arcing in the starter motor this would heat up the motor very quick and flatten the battery.

Jul 25, 2017 | 1994 Toyota Pickup

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Hi and welcome to Fixya.

If you still on your origninal battery then it is well past time for a new battery. It is quite possible the battery has a dead cell and is internally discharging the battery. You can prove this by disconnecting a battery terminal over night but do the terminal disconnection immediately after the last use of the day. In the morning reconnect the terminal.... If the battery is dead you know you need a new battery. If it has a full charge in then there is a short somewhere in the chassis of the auto that will have to be located and repaired.

Based on your window power always on... it sounds like you have a bad window switch in one of the door panels or a short in one of the wires. Pull the fuse for the power windows until you are able to fix it. Window drive electric motors take a substantial amount of amperage to run or attempt to run and yes if you have either a switch problem or a window drive motor wiring problem it will drain your battery in just a few short hours. Honestly I am surprized that the fuse for the power windows has not blown. Having a switch made all the time will cause the motor and the wiring to heat up and eventually blow the fuse.


Feb 07, 2010 | 1998 Ford Expedition

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I am having a constant draw killing my battery the draw stops when i pull both the tcb 10 amp fuse and the atc 20 amp fuse and the altranator charge wire i know the alt is bad what do the fuses run

ATC, auto traction control. this is to maintain stability during slippage. you may have a closed sensor circuit that is continuing to drain power when the ignition switch is in the off position. Tcb is a module fuse. I would preform the test below to isolate any other draws that may exist.

Here is the procedure I use to isolate a battery drain. Remove negative battery cable from the battery. Using a 12-volt test light, hook one end to the negative battery post the other end to the negative battery cable you just disconnected. The test light will glow or "light" if there is a drain. If the "light or glow" is faint, that is probably normal draw for the clock or computer. If the "light or glow" is bright, then there is a large drain. That should be corrected. Now start removing and replacing the fuses one by one until the light goes out; that one will be the circuit with the drain. Remember to hold in the button in the door jam for the interior lights.

Sep 23, 2009 | 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada

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'04 Chrysler Pacifica battery won't hold a charge for long. Sometimes it will be fine for months and then not start. Other times it won't last more than a day. I was thinking it must be a parasitic drain...

First try to understand if there is a parasitic drain.

Once you exclude the drain, replace the battery, a battery with shorted cells can cause the drain.

The firmware has nothing to do with drainage, unless the unit is factory defective.

To measure drainage remove ignition key, connect the amp meter between the battery positive wire connector and positive terminal.A couple of milliamps drainage is normal, and is caused by instruments, car stereo memory, ECU etc.
Start removing more fuses , and open the wiring at different points , trying to locate the problem.
Remove the fuses and see if you have drain by connecting a meter to read amps on battery, if you have drain with no fuse, then the problem is insulated to wiring harness before the fuse, with something shorted between the battery and the fuseblock.
Also check car stereo and car amp HU, the HU can keep a unit on when the ignition key is off, causing drain.

Mar 03, 2009 | 2004 Chrysler Pacifica

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