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Old 06-13-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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I just got my first bonneville. actually bought 2 in one day. Both 93', one nice and one hit a deer and pushed the radiator back. I am told it runs great but something is drawing the power down constantly. I put the charger on it overnight and the charger got pretty warm, the inside dash lights work but nothing at all when i turn the key, i was told the battery is good but who knows? damage does not seem to be pushed back enough to effect anything . Help/suggestions is much appreciated of where to start.
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is the one with the power draw an SSE or a SSEI by chance?


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I'm thinking the same thing Pat is. If it'* the SSE or SSEi, you have ELC. Your rear struts may be leaking, causing the compressor to run alot.

If this proves to be the case (and some troubleshooting hints):

http://www.williamwren.com/struts/elc.html
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Mike...there'* a really good following out in MN.. you are very lucky

Did the headlights or anything up front get bashed badly where it might be using power?
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Thanks for all the replies.
The car is an SE. The headlights are all broken but I don't think that would use power would it?
I did not hear any compressor running either?
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If it'* an SE, you don't have ELC, so no compressor.

Disconnect all your broken headlights and check it again overnight.
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Well i took the actual headlights off and got 4 of the 6 wires disconnected the trouble i am having lies in the 2 inside (middle of the car) headlight bulbs, they are not like the 2 other bulbs they seem to attach differently, they are broken off an either they turn out or they have 3 wires going into them on the back side with rubber around them, do these wires maybe pull out the back I tried and they are in there and I hate to break them, Help appreciated
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