Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Bad day, 2 new problems!! Any help??
If the battery is OK then you may well have a current drain somewhere. I had this problem and had to disconnect a lead on the battery if leaving the car for more than a few hours to stop the battery going dead.
My method, which is not necessarily the quickest way of finding a current drain problem, but is fairly foolproof: Basically I put an ammeter in series with the battery terminal and the lead that I disconnected. It was drawing over 0.5 amps with nothing switched on. (P.S. Don't put it across the battery terminals or you will blow the meter, and if you disconnect a lead, negative is normally safer since it avoids the risk of accidentally shorting the positive lead on the bodywork which will cause sparks to fly or worse!!).
I then removed each fuse in turn and eventually found the one that, when removed, stopped the current drain. It turned out to be the (time) clock that was drawing the current.
The clock is now stuck at 3 o'clock and the fuse is permanently removed. Battery fine. Eventually if my watch stops, I may get a new clock that is not shorting out and put the fuse back in. Somehow I think a watch battery may be a cheaper option. Your current drain may of course be due to something more essential which will need fixing.
Good luck. Hope it is the first fuse box of the 3 or 4 that you get lucky with. I started with the fuse box serving the dash (under the steering wheel on mine).
Last edited by JFK; 18-07-06 at 21:34.