Something is drawing power from my battery

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by jacobxstanley, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. jacobxstanley

    jacobxstanley Michigan Ranger Driver

    and i dont like it!

    I went and got a new battery today since the other one was deceased, and when i was putting on the positive cable it sparked, and my dad said that meant there was power already being drawn from it. everything in my truck is off, any pointers to what i should check? thanks.
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  3. kozal01

    kozal01 New Member

    your radio always pulls power to keep memory presets and the PCM also draws a small amount as well.
  4. OP

    jacobxstanley Michigan Ranger Driver

    aahh alright. so if i hook it back up it shouldnt die out on me?
  5. Black mamba

    Black mamba The mannnn

    You should be fine bro
  6. OP

    jacobxstanley Michigan Ranger Driver

    Alright cool, thanks guys. I put it in the garage since were supposed to get 6" of snow tonight. We'll see tomorrow if it starts!
  7. OP

    jacobxstanley Michigan Ranger Driver

    i've been fighting this battle for a while, at first i just replaced the battery, but the next day it was dead again. I checked fuses, and noticed that a fuse was blown, it was the "engine comp l.p." fuse. hoping that just replacing the fuse would do it, i went out and bought some fuses, put a new one in, and jumped it. i let it run for about 20 minutes, turned it off and hoped that it would start today. i just went outside and when i opened the door, no lights came on, and nothing when i turned the key. Im open to all suggestions on what this could be, thanks guys.
  8. Teamexploder

    Teamexploder Explorer Member

    Not to sound like an ass, but with being an old truck have you been making sure that the ignition is completely turned off when you take your key out of the ignition? Once the ignition key lock switch gets wore it can allow the key to be taken out with not being completely locked/off.
  9. DiabloBlanco

    DiabloBlanco Those Damn Kids

    still jake?
  10. OP

    jacobxstanley Michigan Ranger Driver

    It's always been totally turned off.
    the older years have a knob you have to push in to get the key turned off all the way and out of the ignition, so im sure.
  11. Teamexploder

    Teamexploder Explorer Member

    Oh yeah I forgot yours is a 5spd so it would have that button(automatics don't).
  12. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    I think its the 4x4 upgrade you did! Check for any loose wires, maybe rubbing, or sticking to any metal making a constant contact
  13. OP

    jacobxstanley Michigan Ranger Driver

    I finally figured it out today! It is either my dome light or third brake/cargo light. third brakelight hasnt worked ever for me..pulled the fuse and the new battery stayed charged overnight this time. WOOHOO! Truck gets legal next week, expect major whoring soon.

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