Hi, I have a question about troubleshooting a parasitic draw problem with my 99 Dodge Caravan. I have hooked up a multimeter to measure current draw in line with my battery
negative cable and terminal post. I measure between 250 and 350 milliamps current.
I have removed fuses and relays one at a time and I have found that removing either the ignition switch fuse or the accessory relay causes the current draw to drop to 100mA. A few other points of data which may or may not be helpful: * The measured current
after disconnecting the ignition switch measures 130mA * I have the interior lights turned off. When I turn them on in what I believe is door-open mode (one click past always-off), they seem to stay on even after leaving all doors closed for 15 minutes. I
have inspected the door jamb switches and don't see any obvious problems there. * The headlight switch on the dashboard turns on the ***** *****ghts but not the low beams. I have a toggle switch controlling the low beams under the car. * When I start the car,
I hear a clicking sound coming from the passenger side dashboard. It seems to click a half dozen times over 3 seconds just after startup. * The car has an after-market radio. I removed the radio and the draw was the same as before. * I have already begun troubleshooting
this problem with a mechanic at http://my.justanswer.com/question/index/f3c0e8e502994defaae043e91e7263f0?al=1&utm_source=mar&utm_medium=email&utm_content=viewmr_ln&utm_campaign=expert_fu_ppq_no_up_a&r=nme%7Cexpert_fu_ppq_no_up_a%7CDM17015%7Cln=viewmr_ln&rpt=100.
That thread contains additional information about the problem. The mechanic I worked with suggested I install a new ignition switch, which I did, but it has not changed any measured values.