friend's electrical problem solved
Tue, 27 May 2003 15:58:55 -0500
systematic diagnosis paid off.
Thanks to input from listers (you know who you are) we found the problem...
and it was.....
HE BOUGHT A PLYMOUTH! HAHAHAH
Seriously though, he took the battery in to get tested and sure enough it
had a dead cell. 3 week old Motomaster Eliminator battery. I have the same
thing in my car and has been working well for about a year now. These have
a 3 year non-pro-rated replacement warranty, followed by another 5 years or
so of pro-rated warranty. Not bad for $100. That warranty was a big factor
in my decision to get it. I already am on a free warranty replacement
battery. One caveat though, is that if you go 2 years into your original
purchase, then get a warranty replacement, they only give you the remaining
1 year free replacement. You don't get another 3 years.
I still think the current draw of .14 amps is high, and I told him so.
> From: QUATTRO1869@aol.com[SMTP:QUATTRO1869@aol.com]
> Sent: May 27, 2003 12:50 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: re: seeking list knowledge - auto electrical
> [ Picked text/plain from multipart/alternative ]
> Sounds like he has a large current draw. Disconnect a battery cable and
> a test light between it and the stud on the battery. With 14 amps it
> light up nicely. Then, try disconnecting the suspect systems fuses, one
> one, until you isolate the system. This can be tricky, because sometimes
> are a few. You should be able to find the problem. At rest, there
> be much drawing from that battery, only memory circuits and clocks.
> Hope this helps!
> 98 A4 Biturbo Quattro