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Old 09 Aug 2012, 10:37 am
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Hey everyone: new to the forum and to the Cruiser. I have searched the forum for information regarding a battery drain on my car. I have only had it for six months an replaced the battery twice. According to mechanic alt/starter are fine and I must have a parasitic drain.

I read on here about the fog light issue, however my cruiser doesnt have fog lights? But there is a fuse for foglights in #8 is this normal?

Kinda an amateur mechanic here and would appreciate all info / help.
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 10:53 am
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Hey everyone: new to the forum and to the Cruiser. I have searched the forum for information regarding a battery drain on my car. I have only had it for six months an replaced the battery twice. According to mechanic alt/starter are fine and I must have a parasitic drain.

I read on here about the fog light issue, however my cruiser doesnt have fog lights? But there is a fuse for foglights in #8 is this normal?

Kinda an amateur mechanic here and would appreciate all info / help.
Since you say you don't have fog lights, the first thing I would do is remove the #8 fuse, just for giggles. If your mechanic is at all worth his title "mechanic", he can (and should have) easily check for a draw on your battery. You may have a multi-function switch problem, but your mechanic should be able to narrow that down for you.

Jerry
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 10:53 am
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Can you tell us a little more about the car? What year, mileage and stuff like that?
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 11:43 am
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Sure it's 2001 non turbo, purchased from major dealer, only 1 owner and it appears most maintenance has been up to date. At least according to the logs the previous owner left in the manual. It has 150,000 miles - appears to be all OEM except for a sony in-dash cd player. The mechanic actually referred me to someone who specializes in battery parasitic drains? I purchased a battery bypass switch and thats what I am using thus far. I did notice that the air conditioning compressor went out about around the same time the battery drain was noticeable but I had been driving the car daily then. If I do not drive daily but every other day the battery is almost 100% dead after about a week.

Thanks again guys
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 12:10 pm
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And you are sure he checked the alternator?
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 12:34 pm
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Not positive but I was told the alternator and starter were checked. Does this sound more like an alternator issue to you? I thought that if there were alternator problems it would die while driving etc? Correct me if im wrong, but it seems to be driving fine once started.
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 12:58 pm
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What did the "parasitic drain specialist" find?

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Old 09 Aug 2012, 01:12 pm
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I havent taken the car to them yet, was trying to avoid it, but it's looking like it might be my only option. I thought about removing the fuse to the aftermarket cd player just to check.
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I havent taken the car to them yet, was trying to avoid it,
I see.

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Old 09 Aug 2012, 02:46 pm
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some cars can drain back throught the alrenator my old 75 chevy truch does this if i dont unhook the battery
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