[V8] Battery draining possibilities?

Coleman, David David.Coleman at blackrock.com
Fri Mar 3 09:21:26 EST 2006

Curious -- what batteries have you been installing?


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> From: v8-bounces at audifans.com 
> [mailto:v8-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Karl Middlebrooks
> Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 7:51 PM
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> Subject: [V8] Battery draining possibilities?
> V8 #1, which started eating batteries (went through 3 or 4 in 
> the course of a month) in December finally got towed to the 
> shop yesterday with what I thought would be problem(s) with 
> the alternator, voltage regulator, or charging system.
> The folks at the shop got the car up and running after 
> blowing carbon gunk out of the valves to get compression on 
> the cylinders again (proof that the V8 hates just sitting 
> around with nothing to do for a couple of months), recharged 
> the battery and found no problems with the alternator, the 
> voltage regulator, or the charging system. Amperage was 
> great, and with the car off, it's pulling less than 1/10th of 
> an amp, according to the mechanic. They weren't able to find 
> a short or anything else that might explain the original problem.
> Anyone have any ideas what might be going on here? When the 
> car started eating batteries, it would work fine one day and 
> then less than 24 hours later, the battery would be dead 
> enough that sometimes the central locking system wouldn't 
> even work. A jump start would get it running again, and then 
> one day, it wouldn't jump any more. I'm absolutely vigilant 
> about turning off lights, stereo, and other doodads that 
> could draw power when I get out of the car (e.g. car phone charger).
> I'd like to have the car in good working condition. It's been 
> pretty well taken care of, and I hoped to get it up to at 
> least 300,000 miles before thinking about doing something 
> drastic with it, but if I can't figure out why it might have 
> been acting up, I'd have to look at parting it out.
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