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Old 04-05-2011, 06:17 PM
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Hey Guys,
Need help.
I have a 98 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 5.9L.
Recently I replace alternator and battery. Afterwards truck sat for about a week. When I went to start - totally dead. Thought I had a bad battery so I replaced battery. Put in new battery and after about 4 days truck dead again.
Can an alternator draw voltage from battery if engine is off?
Something is drawing power from battery when everything is off and engine not running.
Pulled fuses while voltmeter on battery terminals - No significant differents.
Only thing I can think of is to pull a fuse and leave off for a couple of days then test battery drain.
Anybody have a better way?
Any ideas what I can do to ID?
Looking forward to any reply.
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Do you have an accesories that might be drawing power? I dont think your alternator the problem.
I would go through and pull each fuse and check with a test light or multimeter to see if anything is pulling power with the key out of the ignition.

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If you know someone with an 'Amp Meter' that knows how to use it, they could hook it into the battery line to measure the actual current draw. Then remove the fuses until the current drops. Under normal circumstances, I believe the current draw should be less than 30ma.
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or get a battery disconnect put in....that'll cure all of it lol
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I wouldnt recommend a battery disconnect.
Only being a temporary solution it'll cost you batteries in the long run. While your battery seems to be slowly drawing power, charging and discharging the battery that much will kill you battery life.
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I had one on my muddin samurai for years without any issues...guess I was just lucky
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Mine was doing the same thing and I narrowed it down to the Garmin GPS. Even though the GPS was shut off I had it plugged into the assy plug and that along with the vehicle alarm system the battery would drain down in a few days because it never had a chance to get to a full charge. I now unplug the Garmin when I am parked at home for the night and all is well. Just look at the things you may have added. One other time it was draining was when I would leave the Edge Programmer Pod plugged in and the pod would still monitor the engine even while the truck was off. Good luck to you.
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Hey Guys,
Need help.
I have a 98 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 5.9L.
Recently I replace alternator and battery. Afterwards truck sat for about a week. When I went to start - totally dead. Thought I had a bad battery so I replaced battery. Put in new battery and after about 4 days truck dead again.
Can an alternator draw voltage from battery if engine is off?
Something is drawing power from battery when everything is off and engine not running.
Pulled fuses while voltmeter on battery terminals - No significant differents.
Only thing I can think of is to pull a fuse and leave off for a couple of days then test battery drain.
Anybody have a better way?
Any ideas what I can do to ID?
Looking forward to any reply.
Thx
Mike
OK ,,key off,,hood open,,,doors shut, unplug the under hood lamp. Disconnect pos battery cable and put an amp meter, on the highest scale, in series with the cable to the battery,,digital meter preferred. If you have an off key draw of any amount,,, first disco the hot wire from the back of the alternator and see if it goes away. If not pull each fuse ,1 at a time, until it goes away.

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do you have tinted windows? and, by chance, is your dome light left on? i know it sounds too simple and obvious, but we've had customers bring in their vehicles for the same problem....and that's all it was. just throwing ideas out there.
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It could very well be your alternator. If one of those diodes goes bad it can cause a significant draw. I would just take it down to your local auto parts store and have them check your charging system out for you. That should narrow it down. I know I had that happen in my Probe and it wound up being a bad relay and the entire fusebox so it really could be anything. I had to take it to a mechanic to figure that out.
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