Re: Battery Draining 88 T-bird V8 - Help/Advice
"kojmorbid" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I have a 1988 Ford Thunderbird V8 - 2 days ago my batt was drained -
> wouldn't hold charge bought new one - No issues until tonight when I
> tried starting and batt was drained - Jumpped it and ran for 5
> minutes, shutdown, restarted fine so batt is charging, ran it for
> another 5 min and shutdown, disconnecting batt till I can t/s
> tomorrow. Okay questions - I noticed the day before my batt died the
> blinkers wouldn't come on all the time which prior never had an issue
> with - Take note I packed my trunk up full so stuff was pressing
> against the wires - Could there be a short somewhere in the trunk to
> cause this??? The Alt, is it possible it is weak and will discharge my
> batt over a period of time??? I plan to read out wires, check my fuses
> - Any other pointers before I take the step of replacing my ALT. Can
> the Alt be bad and still charge batt when driving???
> Is it bad to
> disconnect the batt each time I turn off the vehicle, in case I can
> find the source over the weekend - Any help would be appreciated,
You can do that... the only effect is that the ECM loses all it's learned
about running the engine at its most efficient.
> can't afford to take it to a shop and I'd rather do it myself, if I
> can just go through the hassle of disconnecting the batt each time I
> shutdown w/o complications I'll do so till I can fix it - Inputs Plz
Have the alt tested... you dont say whether the car has a voltmeter on
the dash, I thought they did.
The drain problem MAY be somewhere else.
So maybe you should go to radio shack and buy a cheap vom while you're at
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, staving off dementia here..DEAL with it!