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Username Post: Battery drain        (Topic#358078)
Andy4639 
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10-10-19 07:12 PM - Post#2777609    
    In response to Adam63impala

Sounds like a bad battery to me. If it's draining with nothing hooked up it's the battery.


1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
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Adam63impala 
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10-11-19 10:19 AM - Post#2777662    
    In response to Andy4639

I havent tried it with it unhooked



 
junky 
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10-11-19 10:33 AM - Post#2777664    
    In response to Adam63impala

  • Adam63impala Said:
Yeah I took the ignition switch out and it had these wires going into the plug into the back of the switch. . Would I have to just splice the radio wire into the wire going to the ACC wire ?and I did disconnect the radio for 2 weeks and it slowly drained from 12.50 to 12.35.



For a battery to loose .15 volts over a 2 week period isn't unusual, especially if the battery is an older battery.
First I would like to address the ignition switch, and key removal. You should be able to remove the key in the run position, and then turn the switch to off. This will allow you or anyone else to start the car without the key. The key will also remove in the lock position which is the 12 o'clock position of the key in the switch. The next position to the left is the accessory position, which doesn't allow you to remove the key. If you can remove the key in the accessory position, then your key lock cylinder or switch is defective. The positions of the switch going from the left (accessory position) is
1)accessory
2)lock
3)run
4)start (spring loaded to return to the run position)

Next, the radio wire as mentioned above is yellow, and it is in the wire harness bundle coming from the fuse box. Unless someone has altered your wiring harness, it should be properly wired. If you are using a modern aftermarket radio, some of those keep a residual power draw to keep the radio functions in memory, and that radio would have to be wired into a "hot" wire when the ignition switch is in the off or lock position.
Next, if you have a bad cell in the battery, that can cause you to loose voltage over time. If your alternator (not to be confused with a generator) has a bad diode in it, then it also can be back feeding and cause you to have a battery drain.


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Adam63impala 
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10-14-19 09:39 AM - Post#2777859    
    In response to junky

Yes it is an aftermarket radio and they ran the pink wire to the bat on the fuse box . It's at 12.13 now and it's been about 3 weeks or more.



 
Andy4639 
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10-14-19 06:52 PM - Post#2777900    
    In response to Adam63impala

I keep a trickle charger hooked to both mine when parked. That why I know they are ready to go when I want to go.I have memory on both so I like to keep the battery on trickle.


1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
DonSSDD 
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10-15-19 03:10 AM - Post#2777921    
    In response to Adam63impala

Is the. Battery disconnected from everything? Try it that way and see if the battery is losing power to see if the battery needs replacing ?

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Andy4639 
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10-16-19 02:34 AM - Post#2777997    
    In response to Adam63impala

Sorry I went back and read through the posts. I thought at one point you said you had it disconnect. Sorry. Must of been another post.

If you have alarm and radio memory both on it and even if the alarm isn't turned on it does draw a little power just like the radio does. So yea after a few weeks it will drain it down. I keep a trickle charger hooked to all mine when not being used for this same purpose.


1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
heidguy 
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10-16-19 06:12 AM - Post#2778010    
    In response to Adam63impala

I just returned a "new" battery from Fleet Farm. They did not test it before selling it to me. I put a volt meter on it after my car wouldn't start and I could actually watch it drain with no load on it through the digital read out. One hundredth at a time.



 
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