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Old 04-06-2011, 12:17 PM
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don't be surprised if it's a burnt wire too. we had a car that was draining the battery something fierce. after much ripping, we found the wiring harness behind the rear seat, under the body panels, had got hot at some point and made it a big gob of a mess of wires. had to peel it apart to find the offending wire was just barely touching the chassis. WTH??
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I had an S10 blazer before and had the battery drain problem also, come to find out the pos battery cable going to the starter had rubbed an open spot in the insulation and was rubbing on the frame. I changed the cable and inserted the cable into some clear tubing for added protection and solved my draining problem hope this helps you..
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I've got a 02 ram 1500, same problem so pit amp mtr in series to pos bat term, meter would read .02, then jump tp 1.05 amp draw foe around 30 seconds then drop back to .02 sit there for about a minute and junp back up to 1.05 and it kept cycling at this. i started pulling fuses and tracked it down to fuse #51, cluster lights, hood lamp, and radio. i know the radio keeps the time ans channel selectiom but this sounds like a mal function. i'd like to take the radio off the circuit to check it but dont know a good way to do this,,any ideas???
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I've got a 02 ram 1500, same problem so pit amp mtr in series to pos bat term, meter would read .02, then jump tp 1.05 amp draw foe around 30 seconds then drop back to .02 sit there for about a minute and junp back up to 1.05 and it kept cycling at this. i started pulling fuses and tracked it down to fuse #51, cluster lights, hood lamp, and radio. i know the radio keeps the time ans channel selectiom but this sounds like a mal function. i'd like to take the radio off the circuit to check it but dont know a good way to do this,,any ideas???
About the only way is to unplug the connector(s) from the back of the radio unit.
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i just started having that problem on my 09. Found a major amp drain from athe power cable back to my system that i took out a year ago, but never removed the wire itself. Just left it hooked to the battery and capped off in the back if i ever decided to put it back in. After testing it at auto zone for 5 mins that cable drained 15 amps. Found an exposed part going through the firewall grounding out to the frame.
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Good thing it didn't start a fire......or did have a big fuse at the battery connection.
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yea man i left the fuse in it. as an electrician i know my way around voltage and wiring,(no offense) although off to work this mornig battery dead again!...spent 3 hours checking fuses and bare wiring. came to the last fuse in my fuse box. 60 amp incased in a plastic locking device. my "IOD" fuse that controls radio, keyless entry, and my display screen. Owners manual states that fuse "is to be removed if stored for more than 2 weeks to prevent battery drain"... in my case that fuse is completeing the circuit to my battery drainage.THAT SUCKS!... Does anyone know where i can go from here?
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The IOD Fuse - J15 - 60A distributes it's output as follows -
M38 (20A) - Multifunction Switch and Instrument Cluster
M39 (30A) - Radio and Amplifiers
M41 (15A) - Hands Free, Compass, Video Screen and Satellite Radio Modules
M42 (10A) - A/C Heater control and Underhood lamp.

I'd look at M42 first.....the 'ol underhood lamp staying on trick has caused many a dead battery over the years.

Let me know if you want the complete power distribution drawings.

BTW - Average power drain should only be about 30ma with the truck shut off, doors closed....etc. etc.
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Thanks for the info, i took my truck to the dealer last week. They said they found the short in my switch cluster that controled Tow/Haul, traction control, hazards, power converter, etc. After 200 bucks for labor and 54 for the switch, It stopped my drain...for about a week. I still say its part of the I.O.D. Specificly the keyless entry, as long as i dont hit lock and unlock, my ram will start just fine. i guess back to the drawing boards. later
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I'm having the same problem. When i unhook the pos side of battery and put my multi meter in series i get a reading of 13.03 volts..
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