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Seat Cordoba Electrical Problem

Hi All,
I've got a '97 Seat Cordoba 1.6 SXE and the battery goes flat if the car hasn't been used for a couple of days.

I've had my meter on the battery and something's pulling 168mA...Not much i know, but flattening a brand new battery after no more than 4 days.

I've removed the fuses one by one and narrowed it down to fuse number 21 - The central locking, interior lights, boot light and diagnostics fuse (according to the back of the glove box).

I've removed: All Door Switches
All Interior Light Fixtures
Boot Switch
Boots light fixture
Central Locking Pump
...and I've still got this current drain!!! The CD Player's pulling about 10mA of it but I have no idea where the other 158mA's going and I'm sick of pulling the battery and swapping it for the spare!!!

Has anyone got any ideas where I try next??

Thanks guys!

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  • paul_rochest Jun 03, 2010

    I've taken all the connections off the alternator and the current drain's still there...i think that's the first thing someone suggested but I re-checked it just in case i missed something the first tme. Thanks for replying though!


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Either fit battery cut off switch or try taking the wires off the back of the alternator ,i have a funny feeling its a diode packed up in the rectifier

Posted on May 31, 2010

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    Colin Stickland Jun 04, 2010

    well i can but only make a suggestion and you did say fuse 21 but i posted what i thought is the most likely cause because not everyone is as technicaly minded and you can get some difficult questions but the cause is so simple as they cannot grasp it and keep trying to get technical ,well if its fuse 21 then it has to be something on the circuit for this fuse so do the obvious and disconnect one thing at a time ,like the boot light bulb first ,remove it and if that doesnt work then pull the plug out of the central door lock drivers side ,then passenger side and see what happens as it could be a switch in the central locking not not disconnecting or one of the solonoid coils running to ground ,anyway best of british with it


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