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Old 07-29-2010, 02:21 PM   #11
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Optimas are actually known to drop one cell. Ask how I know..lol

On the WSS, being newer you should be able to see a code with your HPT. My 97 Bville wouldn't show a code, but the newer stuff does. Could be a loose wire or connector. My Regal has occasional spats of WSS unhappiness. Dielectrical goop is your best friend.

Clock, RFA/BCM etc could explain the drain you see. It'* obvious something is bad about the battery. Plus there'* the loose post that you mentioned in the pm.

BTW, it'* ELC.
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Alright, the wife said the door locks were opening and closing for about 5 minuets by them self. My first thought is corrosion.

This is the connections are the side doors, who thought this would be a good idea, really.
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So I cleaned them up and put a thin film of dielectric grease over the pads.
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Everything seems to be working. now it'* just wait and see again.

Think I'm going to go wash and detail the caddy.
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Wow guess that'* what happens when the designer falls asleep at the drawing table
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:07 PM   #14
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Just washed the caddy and gave it a wipe with the quick detailer. Didn't go all out with it.

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Nice car, but drives like a boat.
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that'* because it is a boat...
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OK, with a lot of testing, and a phone call from Bill, I think we have the dead battery figured out. I left a charged battery sit in the car unhooked. It started at 12.2 volts, and dropped down to 11.97 volts and just stayed there. Bill and I started talking about many different possible problems. Then he suggested doing a Amp draw test. So that'* what I did. I connected the negative cable and left the positive unhooked. I connected one side of the amp meter to the cable and the other end to the battery post.
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4.96 amps of draw. Nothing is on in the car, and there my be a few milliamp, but not nearly 5 amps.
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I started pulling fuses one at a time.
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Hello, what have we here.
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Next step would be to check what is all in that fuse and start pulling other fuses under the dash. I unplugged the horns because they were listed on that big 60amp fuse, no change. Then, on a hunch I went for the power antenna. Why? Because I change that a month or so ago.
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So now I wait and see if the battery goes dead, but I'm thinking it wont.
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Did you check the draw again with the antenna unplugged? Hopefully this doesn't mean you end up having to buy another one.... I had to replace mine as soon as I got my 99', and luckily it made it till I traded it in.
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Yep, zero with it unplugged. I think it might be the relay, I'll have to test it when I have a bit more time. I got that antenna from the salvage yard but didn't grab the relay, I reused mine. Wish I had grabbed it now.
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Dang... you know I was onboard with buying a new battery as we kept chatting about the various things that go wrong with them. Tossed out the test as a .... "This is what we'd tell someone on the forum to do". Meanwhile us super gearhead guys, we frequently skip the testing steps and go right to replacment..lol

Isn't that a standard 5 pin on a bracket? Swap that baby out. (you do have spares....right) I'm assuming that the antenna motor wasn't running?
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No, that relay is different, it has 2 plugs on it. No, the motor was not running, in fact the radio wasn't even on.
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