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Old 02-03-2013, 06:40 AM
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I was told to diconnect the negative cable from battery and use a DVOM to trce the short I'm still having problem with on a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. I did this and using the negative - probe to battery + side and the red probe+ to checked fuses. The only thig is, it is showing power still running in all fuse sockets. And I did let it set for a day before preforming test. The dumb question I have is: Could a bad ground - be causing the high spark issue? Thanks to any & all answers
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:52 AM
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I like to use a test light, between the battery post and cable..
if there is a draw, it lights up..
then I pull fuses one at a time.. leaving the radio fuse out, as the memory /clock will draw a little, and making sure the switch for the door open/closed lights.. is off..
and when test light goes out. you found the curcuit that has the short..
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:07 AM
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Ok gearheadslife, I'll try that. Between you and I, I'd like to take these engineers and do a St. Valentines massacre on them. Making this so hard on the average joe to fix something
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:13 AM
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If this doesm't work...I'm invitining everyone to a buring Dodge p/u bon fire.....bring hot dogs and marshmallows
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I finally sold my 98 Ram because of an electrical draw that I could never find. If I didn't drive it for a day the battery would be dead. Got tired of endless searching and sold it! I think the engineers at the big 3 should be made to work on the crap they design...it may inspire them to make things differently.
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Aside from radio memeory circuit which is allways hot, and the dome lights/glove box light.....the big wire on the alternator needs to be disconnected as part of the test. If the alternator has a diode that is weak it will draw current.
My money is on the radio memory circuit.
I got your PM but to answer your questions it is best to do so here in the forum as everyone will benefit from the posts, not just one person.
The PCM can also develop a undesireable amount of parasitic draw as well, so dont forget to check there.
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X2 on the radio...... I've fixed two circuit draws...... in was the amp inside the radio on one and the external amp on the other. Now one of the first tests I do is unplug the radio connector.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:54 AM
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I just sold mine 2000 1500 a few months ago. The gentleman that bought it said (Oh thats nothing) last time I saw him, he was throwing beer bottles at it as he drank the beer.
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