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Old 09-09-2012, 04:34 AM
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I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 P/U. The issue is, the red lead that goes to the relays n fuses under the hood is draining the battery. There is a rather tall fuse marked 50 amp battery, (not blowned) when pulled it stops the drainage. It also keeps the radio n interior light from working. I put it back in n pulled the fuse for radio n interior light on the inside fuse panel,
it is still drawing heavy current. What could it be? Thanx

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That red lead and 50 amp tall fuse, is the main feed for the rest of the elecrtical system, it feeds the fuse distribution system.

How did you determine it was drawing heavy current? If you pulled the fuse for the radio and still had a draw, then it's prob not the radio. Did you install any after market equip recently?
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:05 PM
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The battery that was in it when we purchased the truck (07) finnally died 11/11. When I bought a new one, the clamp wouldn't tighten up to make good connection. I change the clamp the two leads went to as follows: starter/distribution box It was doing ok up until a day ago. while charging up the battery, I was thinking (cheap clamp) so I remove the leads and noticed a good size spark. I unhooked the charger after fully charged, went to hook the leads back in the clamp, it sparked again. I didn't think too much of it then until I got in it the next a.m. and truck was dead again. I removed the lead to the distribution box, charged again, P/U sat all day, came home attached lead to battery, it started up. I just don't understand it. The only after market add on is the driving lights I put on in 2010. I ran them through the relay that came with with them to the battery post clamp and don't really use them that much except in really heavy fog, Hope this helps, I'm at my wits end...Looking fer a Dodge?...lol
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Ok, let me try this, is there a tool that can be plugged into the (I believe it's called the: OBD?) or anything that could telll or show if there is a short in the wiring harness(heaven forbid-I'm color blind)somewhere? The only place around here takes a lot of cabbage just to get sour grapes. If so, could someone reply to me?.........And as always, Thanks for the iinput.
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Prob'ly not, your gonna have to do it the old fashioned way, trace the wires and look for a short.
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