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Old 03-30-2015, 02:20 PM   #21
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Okay so i did the amp test and there is no parasitic amp draw coming from anywhere. I took my car back in and had them replace the alternator under warranty. They told me that once they put the new alternator in it seemed fine and was charging the battery, about 10 mins later it wasn't. They ended up looking at it for me and found that the Negative terminal under the hood was corroded like crazy and all the plastic was melted around it. I had this replaced and so far it has solved all my problems. I will post pictures today of the parts that were replaced, maybe this is the a problem that some other people are having

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Old 03-30-2015, 02:32 PM   #22
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I've been logging the current draw on my car for a little over 48 hours now and have learned a few interesting things about it. While in sleep mode, it draws around 21mA. Every 6 to 12 hours, there is a surge of around 160mA. I'm logging at 30 second intervals and it lasts for less than that. Sometimes it repeats a time or 2 in 10 minute successions. The 65mA spikes you see at the beginning of the chart are me pressing the lock button on the keyfob. Everything following those is uninfluenced. So far I don't see a thing that would be causing a drain problem.

BTW, OP, I don't mean to be hijacking your thread. I just thought the data I am gathering was interesting and might offer some insight to your situation as well.
This is very interesting - there is a thread on here about a Parastic drain that was never resolved. Your info could be helpful. The OP may have the same issue - we tried everything - FSR, fuses etc - nothing. What would be interesting is to do that same test on a vehicle that has the symptoms (dead battery after a couple of days)

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