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Old 04-06-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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Alright so i dont know what it is but here are the symptoms.

1. If i drive my car all day the battery will still be charged the next day.

2. If i dont drive my car for about a day and a half the battery is dead.

3. Something clicks under the dash when i connect the negative cable and i thought it was my remote starter so i pulled the fuses to that but something is still clicking under there draining power.

I have cleaned the cables and gotten a new battery. Anyone else got any ideas. I have tried testing for it but cant seem to find it. Got any Ideas?

Oh and i have a bulldog remote starter with the VATS bypass. I cant seem to find the VATS bypass since the remote starter has been in my car since i got it and i dont know where the guy installed it or what it looks like. I thought this could be the problem also.
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If you have ELC, pull the ELC fuse overnight. See how that goes.
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Alright i will try that as soon as it stops raining. I dont feel like jumping a car in the rain to get it in the garage.
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Alright i pulled the ELC fuse for the night but when i reconnected the battery it still gave a pretty good arc across it. Also my headlights flickered on and off a couple of times I dont think that is normal but it was dark. Something was still clicking under the dash too. Next i will probably try the blower motor fuse since that has been acting weird but i havent noticed it running after the key is out. Im wondering if my twilight is getting bad? Would that drain power even thought lights aren't on? They still come on like they are supposed to.
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Alright the verdict is in. Pulling the ELC fuse did nothing. I have no where else to go here on this since I have already disconnected the remote start and there is still a clicking under the dash. Any other ideas?

Oh and it also occurred to me that the light above the drivers side rear door the switch fell out. The light doesnt work but would it still drain power? I dont know how it comes apart or I would check to see if its in the on position.
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If there'* no light, there'* no energy draw.

Hook an ammeter (or multimeter on amps, don't forget to move your leads to different sockets if necessary) in SERIES between the positive lead of the battery and the battery, then start pulling fuses (remember where they go) until the draw drops below 250mA (250 milliamps, or 0.250 amps). Remember which fuses 'drop' the most and let us know.
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from personal experience, i can say that the power antenna can do it also. But willwren'* got ya covered for troubleshooting it the correct way
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X2 from my experience also.
Will has you covered and this should show up in the radio circuit or you could try and unplug the antenna in the trunk overnight and see if that solves it.
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Lol i was just gonna reply and then i read the two comments above me. My power antenna hasnt worked for two weeks which is when i started having battery problems. Today when i was rooting around in my trunk i heard a strange clicking and i was like HHHHEEEEYY it was the power antenna trying to retract the antenna. So i have that disconnected for the night to see how that goes but im rooting for this to be the cause of my problem.
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the power antenna is a frequent cause of power drains on the BC Club.
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