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Old 01-12-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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Hi, anyone know what could be causing this to happen?
I was thinking about getting this car at an auction. I can get it real cheap
and its red! I have a white ssei now with the ugly tan inside.Anyway, I can fix all the other issues. And I don't have much to go by but the card
hanging from the mirror has the starting bid,year,miles,ect.and says:electrical issue, battery drains.So if anyone could help me out and give me some idea of what it could be and how hard it would be to fix,
that would be super cool. Thanks
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It could be something like a bad battery that won't hold a charge or something in the electrical system draining the battery. It'* pretty easy to find out what it may be if it'* in the system. Connect an ammeter to your battery, and pull fuses one at a time while watching the meter. You see a change in the meter when you pull a fuse.
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Along with Mike'* suggestion.....

Most likely that 1994 SSEi has ELC (Electronic Level Control) in the rear suspension.

The 1992-1995 Bonneville'* with that feature had possible battery drain due to leaky air shocks causing the ELC to work even if the car was not on.

GM fixed that problem in the newer Bonneville'*...

So I would also check that out as being a possible area of concern or cause of battery drain.

Spray soapy water all over the rear shocks, watch for air bubbles. Look for cracks in the boot of both shocks. Check all air lines for cracks cuts or abrasions.

The obvious question also is does the ELC run a lot with the car on?
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You may also consider that it could simply be an alternator that has failed. Meaning the battery no longer charges. SO to sum it all up, check battery, check ELC, check alternator.
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Thanks guy'*, I don't know if the ELC would be the problem because my 92 ssei (that I drive now)
has that problem and its always running when the car is not on and my battery is fine. Anyway, thanks
for the answering my questions, I will start from there and see what happens.
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I'd nearly put money on the ELC. Reason being if the car sits for over a day or so...see ya battery power.
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"K" Thanks, I'm gonna go check things out today. Bidding starts 9:00am Thursday. If I can get it for 500.00 or less that would be cool. Nobody bid on it last week, I think people just did'nt want to since it has to do with electrical stuff. It'* a really nice car the only other thing is the grill is cracked.I can replace that since I will just part out the one I drive now. So, thanks everyone for all the help!
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