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I have a 1996 mustang...
I have a 1996 mustang convertible. My battery dies in a matter of hours. I found if I pull the 50 amp maxi fuse under the hood my battery is fine. Any help?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
the fuse says hd lps.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
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Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
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HI This fuse powers the exterior lamps and the interior fuse box. So you need to reinstall this fuse and continue the drain test removing and leaving out fuses one by one under the dash. It may take me 1-2-3-etc... responses to get the information I need resulting in giving you the answer you need. I can't read minds nor have a magic wand, & I'm not there to see, smell, feel, or hear so I need good information to return a good answer. My normal hours online are 3pm-3am. There are 2 services your receiving 1: from Just Answer whom has already collected the deposit/question value 2: from me (not an employee of the website & have no control over anything except what I type.) You will be asked to RATE THE SERVICE, your rating me, my response, not the website, rating has no effect on your payment, and it DOES NOT close the post. A rating IS REQUIRED, if you can't complete the required rating today, let me know why so I can get you exactly what's needed.Thanks Chris
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok moose what I have done is put a test light in place of my positive terminal. The light goes out when I pull the maxi fuse. When I put the maxi fuse back in I can pull every fuse out of the box under the dash and the light does not go out.
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
The test light method of finding a draw as well as determining the amount of that draw is not effective. A digital volt/ohm meter DVOM is needed. Can you follow the below steps. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90220402/96drawtest.pdf
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
All I have access to Is a digital multi-meter which I will pick up today.
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
Great, thats the tool needed.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is it set right in the picture?
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
That is DC volts, you need to do this tests mA, turn the dial 180 degrees to amps.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I haven't had a chance to do any of the test yet. It was late when I got home last night.
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
No problem, the post does not time out and close for 3 days.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I think my meter is not working. I hook everything up the way it says and my meter doesn't do anything. It stays at 0. Is there any other way to check the car?
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
You can check your meter with it connected as it should be, then open the door or try to turn on the headlights and you should see the draw jump up high.
No there is no other way to complete an accurate battery draw test.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok with 50 ampaxi fuse pulled out I have no draw. When I plug the 50 amp maxi fuse in I have a 10.65 draw.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Amps
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
Being the spec is below 60 milliamps max or 0.06 amps, your significantly high.So you need to reinstall this 60 amp fuse and continue the drain test removing and leaving out fuses one by one under the dash.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
So this 50 amp maxi fuse suppies power to the interior fuse box?
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
That's correct, sorry you missed that in my first response on the 1st.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I will be able to complete the test by pulling fuses today after work.
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
Okay, the post has 17 hours left before it times out.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have a draw on fuse 4,8 and 16.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
So do I have to pay again to get to the problem?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I don't feel you fully answered my question. I need more info or would like to speak to another expert.....
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
The post has timed out and closed, We only have 7 days to get a post rated. if that does not occur then all future replies I never see, unless you respond multiple times. I never saw you responded on 10th. If I opt out you will not get helped either, being the post is timed out, you would never make it onto our active list.
What is the draw before and after removing each of these fuses one by one. Make sure the door is closed during this test.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok I have to put the meter on amps not ma/ua. There is always .15 draw.
when I pull
fuse 4 goes to .12
fuse 8 goes to .08 then jumps to .23 when I plug it back in. Eventually it drops back to .15
fuse 16 goes to a .09
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
I need to opt out, the delay between response has gone from hours to days, and I have to keep rereading all of the post to keep it fresh on my mind each time. Hopefully another will be better suited to help you.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Sorry I have a job were I travel and I am not home every night.
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