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Old 03-16-2014, 08:43   #1 (permalink)
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Ford explorere 2008 battery drain

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I have a ford explorer 2008, I suspect that the radio is draining the battery while the car is off and locked. Using multimeter (connected in series between battery and car terminals) I got these numbers
power usage with radio fuse in: 400 milliamps
power usage with radio fuse removed: 40 milliamps
I took out the radio and removed the cover and then connected it to its cables again, one integrate stays very hot even if radio is off and the car is off and key is removed, can somebody please help, how much should the radio consume while it is off? if something is wrong with the radio can it be fixed? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ford explorere 2008 battery drain

Haven't a clue how much it should draw , but why dont you leave it disconnected and see if it cures your problem ? Are you sure your battery itself is up to scratch ? no weak cells ? Could get it load tested if any doubt .
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Re: Ford explorere 2008 battery drain

400 mA seems a little high, that's almost a half an amp, but after looking at all that ties into the system, it really doesn't surprise me. However, it's supposed to monitoring the drain to prevent killing the battery. I'd get the battery tested first. I know on some of the later vans they had a problem with the delay module draining and killing batteries.
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Thank you guys for reply,
I disconnected the radio and parked the car for one week, there was no problem at all starting the engine. this battery is the third since I bought the car one year ago, can you please tell me how can I test the battery. thanks again.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:05   #5 (permalink)
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Over here , most fast fit centres / motor factors / accessory stores will load test your battery while you wait FOC .
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