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Re: urquattro killing battery??
Thanks, guys, for all your replies. In my hurry to get the note off before
being consumed by work this morning, I left out some important information.
(1) The battery is new, as of last month (the old battery died over vacation
because of this problem). Perhaps it is just a lousy battery (WalMart brand,
since that was the only one I could find that fit in the battery tray), since
the old battery was the same type.
(2) I am getting 13+ volts at the battery terminals when the car is idling,
so at first glance the alternator & voltage regulator appear to be working.
(3) The car is fine if I drive it regularly (i.e. once every two days), but
if left alone for 1-2 weeks, the battery will be dead (jealous of me driving
the Coupe GT, maybe?? :). This implies that the charging system is working
well, giving the battery enough charge when driving to tide it over for a
Tony mentioned that 50mA of current draw when the car is off seems a bit high.
Is there a general consensus about what is an acceptable level? I know that
the radio memory is taking about 40mA of that current, so I have it disconnected
to see what happens.
I will check the voltage at the battery with a lot of electrical
consumers on, to see if it drops significantly. I also need to doublecheck
the radiator fan circuit, because perhaps I am missing some kind of
Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
'85 CGT, '82 urq
Eric J. Fluhr Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
High End Processor Design Phone: (512) 838-7589
IBM Server Group Austin, TX