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Found my drain on the battery!! by canada rocket
Started on: 11-09-2013 05:53 PM
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Last post by: BHall71 on 11-22-2013 09:25 PM
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I had a drain on my battery that was intermittent. It would drive me crazy. I finally found it. It was the door / headlight / parking brake chime. I just unplugged it. Everything is fine now. It did NOT make noise when it was killing the battery. It's a easy thing to try if you are having problems. Anyone else every have this issue?

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Report this Post11-09-2013 07:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogers9280Click Here to Email rogers9280Send a Private Message to rogers9280Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Well, I'm going to disconnect mine and see if that stops my battery drain.
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Report this Post11-09-2013 07:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for kikinz24Click Here to Email kikinz24Send a Private Message to kikinz24Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had the exact same issue on my 86 until I pulled the complete interior out including the chime and a few other boxes under the dash... I just left the chime out bc it bothered me and out of pure luck it quit draining
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Report this Post11-20-2013 09:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ag9123Click Here to Email ag9123Send a Private Message to ag9123Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had a battery drain on my 84 Indy as well. There was a .9 A !!! drain that would kill the battery after just a few days of sitting. After searchuing the forum, I came upon this post about the wonky chime unit . Funny thing is, I never heard the chime with the ignition key off and headlights on, door open etc. Once I pulled the chime unit out from under the pass side dash, no more battery drain!

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Report this Post11-20-2013 09:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for James Bond 007Send a Private Message to James Bond 007Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had a major power drain. Turned out to be worn headlight motors (no noise). I disconnected the single power wire to the right and left headlight and like Magic, I was able to charge the battery. Befor, the power drain was so bad, I couldnt even charge the battery.
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Report this Post11-20-2013 11:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for canada rocketClick Here to Email canada rocketSend a Private Message to canada rocketEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I did not hear any noise coming from the door chime when parked either. Also it would not always drain the battery, some times I would park it for a week without the drain on the battery and sometimes it would drain in just 24 hours. It may have something to do with humidity but I haven't proved that. I just pulled every fuse unit the test light went off. The test light was put between to the disconnected ground cable and the negative battery post. I pulled the interior light fuse first because I was doing this with the door open that would cause a drain with the interior light. The chime is on the tail light fuse. I hope this helps anyone who has this problem. By the way my Fiero is a 1984 as well.
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Report this Post11-21-2013 12:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for pontiackid86Click Here to Email pontiackid86Send a Private Message to pontiackid86Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The should now come standard ripped out...

My old formula had a ghost one.. The original one was pulled but there was another dinger in there somewhere

Also its known as the blue dingy thingy

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Originally posted by canada rocket:

I had a drain on my battery that was intermittent. It would drive me crazy. I finally found it. It was the door / headlight / parking brake chime. I just unplugged it. Everything is fine now. It did NOT make noise when it was killing the battery. It's a easy thing to try if you are having problems. Anyone else every have this issue?




My 88 had a phantom chime, while driving it woudl just randomly chime once. It could have been a slight drain when parked. I disconnected it. I dont really need one, for me they are more annoying than not having one even when they work right.
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Report this Post11-22-2013 05:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Battery drains can be a real pain to find. I had one I tried to find for months. Turned out to be a bad power window switch. Somewhere in its life, they had been wired battery hot instead of ignition. I thought it was great that I could use the windows without the keys. Once I replaced the one switch and wired it to ign hot, it stopped.
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Report this Post11-22-2013 09:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BHall71Send a Private Message to BHall71Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A battery drain problem I found once was my amplifier. It was an old PPI amp. The blue turn on wire was getting switched power from the head unit but somehow the amp was staying on even when the head unit was turned off. That sucker drained the battery in about a day and a half. Had to put a solenoid on the main power to the amp.

On the dingy thingy topic at hand, sounds like I will be pulling mine soon now too, It has been randomly chiming here recently for no known reason.

Brian

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