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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 10, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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1968 Camaro randomly dies

I have a 1968 camaro SS, with a 350 and four speed trans. If I turn on my headlights my car will die unless i push on the gas pedal a little bit. Something also draws off my battery whether the car is on or not. Also after the battery dies i'll let it set for a while and it will start back up. Can someone please help me out. Thanks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 10, 08:29 PM
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Re: 1968 camaro randomly dies

To find an electrical drain, disconnect the negative battery cable and connect a test lamp between the cable and clamp to complete the circuit. The lamp will glow depending on the current consumed by the electrical drain. You can then pull fuses, disconnect connectors etc until the light goes out. That will isolate your drain to a particular circuit. Just beware that the interior light will cause a drain so having the door open while your testing won't help much unless you close the door, pull the interior lamp fuse or otherwise disable the lamps themselves.

The other day I was working on a friends 1979 Camaro that had an electrical drain. The problem there was a bad ignition switch. ACC power was hot all the time.

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Re: 1968 camaro randomly dies

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I have a 1968 camaro SS, with a 350 and four speed trans. If I turn on my headlights my car will die unless i push on the gas pedal a little bit.
Clean your battery cables. Both cables, both ends, and make sure you have a good ground. If the cables look shaky, replace them with the fattest ones you can find that fit.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 10, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1968 camaro randomly dies

thanks for the help i try it out
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