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Old 06-14-2005, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
larry90
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puma sarting problem

Hi Guys, I know this is a Focus newsgroup, but I can't find a Puma site so
hope someone can help me.

My daughter has a '99 1.7 Puma that she lent to me (her Dad) a couple of
days ago. Sods law demanded that it packed up whilst in my charge LOL.

When I came to start it, on turning the ign key the click of the solenoid
was heard, followed by ticking like a fuel pump charging and all of the
instruments twitched to full scale before settling back to zero (fuel gauge,
tacho, temp gauge etc) but no turning of starter motor.

Car will jump and bump start and then run fine.
Starter motor and solenoid will run "on the bench"
A new battery starts the car when first attached but will not after sitting
for half hour or so.
Disconnecting the negative lead from the battery and measuring the leakage
current between the negative terminal and the car "chassis" provides the
following:-

Ign Sw OFF 750mA
Ign Sw position I 1500mA
Ign Sw position II initially 9000 mA!! falling to 3500mA

These seem high to me, but I'm in the dark over this.

Can anyone provide any suggestions as to whether this is a high leakage and
what may be the location of the problem?

Any help greatly appreciated

Dave


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Old 06-14-2005, 15:02   #2 (permalink)
Tim..
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Re: puma sarting problem


"larry90" <dave_bromell@dsl.pipex.com> wrote in message
news:fMKdnTXN96W0rzLfRVnyrA@pipex.net...
> Hi Guys, I know this is a Focus newsgroup, but I can't find a Puma site so
> hope someone can help me.
>
> My daughter has a '99 1.7 Puma that she lent to me (her Dad) a couple of
> days ago. Sods law demanded that it packed up whilst in my charge LOL.
>
> When I came to start it, on turning the ign key the click of the solenoid
> was heard, followed by ticking like a fuel pump charging and all of the
> instruments twitched to full scale before settling back to zero (fuel

gauge,
> tacho, temp gauge etc) but no turning of starter motor.
>
> Car will jump and bump start and then run fine.
> Starter motor and solenoid will run "on the bench"
> A new battery starts the car when first attached but will not after

sitting
> for half hour or so.
> Disconnecting the negative lead from the battery and measuring the leakage
> current between the negative terminal and the car "chassis" provides the
> following:-
>
> Ign Sw OFF 750mA
> Ign Sw position I 1500mA
> Ign Sw position II initially 9000 mA!! falling to 3500mA
>
> These seem high to me, but I'm in the dark over this.
>
> Can anyone provide any suggestions as to whether this is a high leakage

and
> what may be the location of the problem?
>
> Any help greatly appreciated



Firstly check carefully the engine earth straps and battery connections.

The mA draws you mention in positions I and II are fine, actually I would
expect to see alot more in II, as the ECU and all systems are powered up
ready for engine start.

In pos I you seem to have too much draw, a favoourite candidate is either
alternator diodes or interior / glovebox / boot light.

Tim..


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