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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 02, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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There is a little proplem with my camaro it is a 82' and the battery keeps draning. I know its not the alt and if I let it sit over night by the morning its dead. Please help me out because knowbody around here knows what it is.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 02, 02:14 PM
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Disconnect your battery ground cable and connect a non-powered test light between the battery ground terminal and the loose end of the ground cable - if something is drawing current, the light will be on. Start pulling fuses out of the fuse block one at a time; when the test light goes out, you've found the circuit that's shorted or grounded. Get a wiring diagram (in the Shop Manual) and start checking out everything on the circuit protected by that fuse. You can do the same thing with a multimeter.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 02, 06:39 PM
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Typically this problem is the regulator circuit... Sometime reverse leakage current developes in the diodes which tends to leak-down current from the battery...

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 02, 06:24 AM
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You can develop an internal short or a dead cell that will cause the battery to drain. It will take a charge but be dead in a day or two. Sometimes you diagnose it with a hydromerer. One or more cells will show 'discharge' and others will look OK.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 02, 12:17 PM
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Cold weather tends to bring on problems with cars. Just replaced one of the batteries in the car today.
It's been out in the cold for about a week, and it was fine. Yesterday i went to start the car and dead battery. The rear battery shorted out, and killed the front battery.
I put the date on the battery, as to keep tabs on it's age.

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