Re: puma sarting problem
"larry90" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.