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Old 22-10-17, 08:20 PM   #1
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M reg 306 1.4 petrol. Seems to be in excess of 1amp draw when ignition is off.
I need to buy an ampmeter that will test more then 1 amp before I start to pull fuses.
Not sure if this is why battery is naff.

Additional info, car starts and seems to run ok but just after start up headlights seem to flash on and off. not sure how long this goes on for. Wife said a smell of burning when fan or heater on

is there a common place for the wiring harness to chaff?

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Most meters go upto 10a remove anything aftermarket first radio bluetooth etc also if battery has gone flat a few times battery is prob goosed now
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With smell of burning with fan on that could be oil from rocker cover if engine running.

Lights is a strange one.
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With smell of burning with fan on that could be oil from rocker cover if engine running.

Lights is a strange one.
there is indeed oil, thanks i'll run the car myself and see what the smell is

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Most meters go upto 10a remove anything aftermarket first radio bluetooth etc also if battery has gone flat a few times battery is prob goosed now
I think you are spot on it is. At the moment the car is sitting with new battery disconnected. going to pick up a cheap amp meter Thursday I hope, will then
pull a few fuses and test for current draw.

thank you for the tip

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I have my new test meter and tried it out. when first connected between positive lead and positive terminal on battery it reads best part of 9 amps, drops quickly to .2 then drops to .01 to .02 where it stays fluctuating between the two readings.

why is there such a high reading when first connected? Is .02 of an amp draw to high?

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Looking at the car infront of you, on the lower right hand side (passenger side of car) of the front bumper, there is a thick bundle of cables with a plug right at the bottom. The seals often go in these, causing corrosion and then random faults with radiators, lights etc.

Other thing I can think of is door loom, the part where it joins the bodywork from the door but I would start with the above first.
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why is there such a high reading when first connected? Is .02 of an amp draw to high?
Likely inrush current to buffer capacitors of various devices.

20mA should be OK. Commonly hear 20-40mA stated as 'normal'.
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thank you I'll look at the cables at front corner and bumper.
having had the car sitting for a couple of days I don't think there is an unreasonable current draw. I think I'm working on 2what ive been told" instead of starting from scratch. Halfords have confirmed old battery which is nearly 2 years old is duff and have replaced it no quibble.

Not knowing enough about this car I'm still unsure if there is an electrical fault with perhaps the security system.

I'll put the battery back and check for chaffing and if I have a problem will strat a new post but thank you for the advice

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Re headlights flashing, this may now be resolved but will test further.
Searching the internet someone had the same problem and the advice given was
unlock car
turn ignition on so dashboard lights come on, do not start car, do not enter alarm code
disconnect negative terminal/lead from battery.
no time period specified
reconnect negative terminal/lead
enter alarm code and start car.

did this all was ok. turned engine off, locked car left it a few seconds, unlocked car, key in ignition turned so dash lights came on, entered alarm code, started car and no head light flashing.


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