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I have a new Allstate battery and had my alternator checked, but something is draining my battery after about a week. My solenoid and starter works fine when the battery is charged. Any suggestions?

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  • jmdrd65 Sep 05, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have the tests run tomorrow. The shop that works on my truck , in the last month, has replaced the computer,battery, the magnetic strip in the distributor cap, plugs, plug wires and checked my alternator, starter and solenoid. It seems like they would have run these tests after replacing my battery the first time doesn't it? Thanks again for the help. I'll let you know how the test turn out: Danny

  • jmdrd65 Sep 06, 2010

    I ran the test with the ohm meter this morning. All of the fuses regestered very low on the meter until I pulled the 10 amp fuse second from the top on the left side of the box and it spiked to 6.0. The guy at Orilley's said that it was definitly the cause of the problem but couldn't tell what the fuse went to. I left the fuse out and on the way home I checked everything I could electrical and found the radio not working. Do you think the radio was draining my battery and by removing the fuse will the battery build back up and hold a charge? I've heard that this particular model has a history of electrical problems and I'm starting to believe it. What do you think the cost will be to fix it or should I leave the fuse out and deal with not having the radio? Thanks again for finally finding someone that knows what he's talking about. Awaiting your reply: Danny

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Check all the square fuses 50 amp, 60 amp,etc. If you have an alternator fuse that is blown you will have perfect working alternator, and the car will run fine till the battery goes dead. the battery will not charge and the charge light on the dash will not tell you the battery is not charging. This may be a trick that chrysler learned from Mitsubishi. So check ALL the fuses carefully.

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I can provide you with a procedure that is simple to perform to help you isolate the circuit which is causing your battery to drain . I call it "the fuse pull isolation procedure". To explain , by pulling fuses from the fuse box (s) 1 at a time while paying attention to a test light bulb hooked into the battery circuit you can isolate the circuit that is causing the drain .
You'll need a 12 volt test light, the kind that has a regular light bulb in it . A digital test light will not work . Before you continue , you will have to locate your dome light / courtesy light fuse and pull it out of the fuse block if your interior fuse box is located inside the truck. The reason being is you'll have the door open to access the fuse box inside the car and it will cause the dome light circuit to be active so it must be eliminated by pulling the fuse. Now, follow these steps :
1.Disconnect your negative battery cable from the battery.
2.Connect the test light between the battery cable end and the neagtive battery post. (You are using the test light to complete the circuit.) Once connected , the test light bulb should light up.
(Note: If it does not light up , then the problem is in the dome light circuit and you will have isolated the circuit . However , if the test light bulb lights up then continue on to step three .
3. Using a fuse puller, pull out each fuse, 1 at a time and then replace it while looking at the test light bulb. When you pull the fuse that causes the light bulb to go out , you have located the circuit that is causing your problem .
Now , you'll have to use your repair book or whatever resources you have available to find out everything that is on that particular fuse circuit which will aid you in locating the component (s) that is causing the battery drain .

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Hi, first, have your battery checked as they can go bad this way. There are many possible problems to diagnose in wiring. Go to Autozone or Oreillys for a free scan and ask for the charging system test. It is possible for an Alternator to ground out and discharge the Battery.

The main switch inside your vehicle is the Ignition switch. If it is worn out it may not shut off the silent connections like the spark to your computer or any electric component that goes on when you turn the key.

When these main items are eliminated you are left with wiring. To test the wiring you use an Ohmmeter and disconnect both battery cables from the battery. You attach the Ohmmeter to the two loose battery cables. The reading you get is called a circuit.

When you turn off your car, there should be no circuits with the exception of the Antitheft. When you use an Ohmmeter with a scale it is easier to see a change in the circuit. One by one remove and reinstall the fuses on the fuse panel. Usually the fuse that causes the biggest drop is the culprit.

On a clients 1988 Taurus, he had a bad wire in the wiring loom on the Drivers side. This limited the problem to controls in the door. The Power windows for all 4 doors, the locks, the Keyless entry Pad, the Drivers power mirror were all in that door. In that case, he was getting a Shock touching the car.



Electric problems are challenging.

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    Tunde Autos Sep 06, 2010

    Yes like i said earlier, it could be a wiring problem and the radio can be a likely cause as you have noticed it yourself. I would suggest you fix it instead of removing the fuse.
    You should not spend more than $120 to fix it because all they need do is re-wiring.......

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