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Check that the headlights are not on, and that the starter motor relay is not hanging. If you have a powered blade clutch, that will cause sparks if it is on.
If you have a fuel cutoff solenoid, that will also use power when the key is in the ON position.

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1996 infinity q45 keeps losing charge but battery/alternator/passes check test

You probably have something draining the battery, such as a glove box or trunk light that is not turning off, or something else that is drawing current.

To test for a current draw, you can install a test light or current meter in series with the positive battery cable then remove fuses one at a time to see which circuit causes the current draw to decrease noticeably.

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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

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Something is draining my battery when my van is not being driven

Hi Robert,

I don't know anything specific about this vehicle. However, vehicles made in the 90's onwards that had factory "security" devices fitted often drew significant current when in "sleep mode" - ie: the car not running. This current drain could be 10-20mA. Over time, this will flatten any battery! Typically, 7000 to 8000 hours = 156 days = 5 months.
Modern car electronics draws significantly lower current whilst in sleep mode (say 1-2mA) so the problem essentially "goes away".

Alternatively, it could be gunk and/or corrosion around door light microswitches causing unwanted drain. You could measure the battery current drain and remove the car fuses in turn to determine which circuit is the culprit. Beware - connecting a meter capable of measuring milliamps in series with a car battery takes a bit of knowledge and skill. Do it incorrectly and (a) your meter goes POOFF and/or (b) you may generate a dangerous arc/spark. Ask an auto-electrician for advice.


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I have craftsmen 19.2 volt tools while using the electric sander my batteries have died and when i put them in the charger the green indicator light comes on saying they are fully charged , when in reality...

It sounds like your charger is faulty. Try to measure the voltage of the batteries. If the nominal (workingh voltage of the batteries are 19,2 volt, then they should invrease to about 22 volt while in the charger. If the voltage does shoot up when the charger is on, maybe even to 25 volts, (which should turn the green light on) the new battries are dead!
It happens!
The other possibility is that the batteries are OK & fully charged!
Your sander is damaged. Again, try & measure the voltage in the sander, before & after you switch it on. A large drpop in voltasge can indicate the sander drawing too much current. Also try them in another machine if you can.

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Just bought new battery. Charged fully & rode. Seems something draining battery after motorcycle is shut off Please advise where I can get free wiring diagram and also if you have any ideas to what...

Sorry, I don't have a schematic for this machine. If you have a digital volt ohm meter that will measure current you can see what it happening. Put your meters function switch in the "Amps" position. Plug the red meter lead wire into the "Amps" hole on the front of the meter.
Connect the red lead to the negative wire and the black lead to the negative battery post. If something is drawing current on your bike, you should have a reading on your meter. If you don't have a meter, just touch the negative lead back to the battery post and watch for a spark. The larger the spark, the more current it's drawing.

Now, to help in locating the problem. Take all the fuses out except the main fuse. Look at the meter or strike the arc. If you have none, start putting one fuse at the time in and checking for current flow or a spark. When you put one in and then show a current flow or a spark, whatever is drawing down you battery is on that circuit. You'll just have to figure out what is on that circuit and check each item.

Sorry but that's the best I can do this late model bike.

Good Luck

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My 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo won't start if it sits idle for two or three days. I had it in the shop for a week and they couldn't find the cause. He said he thinks it's the radio draining the battery. It...

Something is draining the battery. Remove the positive terminal on the battery, then touch it back on it. If it arcs back then you have a constant draw. Try removing fuses one by one until you don't get an arc. Then at least you now know what is drawing the battery down. That is the component that you have a problem with. ( You will always get a slight draw from the radio because of the memory) If it is a heavy arc, then you have something wrong with the radio.

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I have a 1998 Isuzu Trooper. The battery keeps going dead. I bought a new battery and took the alternator off and had it checked. The alternator is good and the battery keeps dying. Is there a fuse I am...

Well, not necessarily a fuse, but a current draw. You need to find the draw.

Pull the fuse for the interior lights (so you can open doors and not alter your tests) and clock. Take off negative battery cable and put the volt meter or test light in series between batt terminal and cable. If the light lights or volts higer that a couple of volts, disconnect items one at a time and re test.

Start with the alternator, it is the most likely. It has a series of diodes that change current from alternating to DC, when one fails it leaks current. The unit may still charge, but not as well as with good diodes. The only test for diodes is a scope, or take it apart and test them individually. Use ohms and current flow in one direction, reverse test leads and no current. Failed diode will flow or connect in both directions.

Anyways, you will have an answer pretty quick if you test battery current draw and disconnect one system at a time and retest.

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Put a charger on the battery overnight first, yours is a little low. Put the charger on a trickle charge, about 2 amps. A fully charged battery should be at least 13.5 up to 1.2v. It could be that there is enough power to turn it over but not provide power for spark.
If this works, then you need to get your charging system looked at to see why it's not keeping the battery fully charged. The battery may be weak which will show up in a "load test". Your alternator may be starting to wear out or the belt could be stretching and starting to slip or you may have something staying on, when the truck is turned off, that is drawing power. It could also be that the starter is drawing more power because it is starting to wear as well.
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Something is shorting out or it is drawing too much current if the fuse keeps blowing on it.

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