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gary27
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:29 pm    Post subject: Batt drain Reply with quote

Hi guys, I know this has been done to death but I'm just not finding the problem.
I have a 1995 Diso 300tdi the batt is dieing over night. it will somtimes have enough life to start just but other times it won't.
I've fitted a spider bypass,taken off and cleaned the main two earth strapes batt neg to chassi and starter motor earth. I've taken all the fuses out and returned them 1 by 1 I've taken the alternator off the car but still I'm loseing power.
Any thoughts on what it could be.
Thanks
Gary
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take it you have checked the battery is OK?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have the battery drop tested at your local crusty backstreet garage. Kwikfit don't have the equipment.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I should have said the batterys good. the drop test is a good idear but i live in rural Italy and the garages are hhhmmmm Shi, not good
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whereabouts in Italy are you? I was out there for 6 1/2 years and might be able to help...

...there are some good ones - its just knowing where they are...

...if not I can ask a friend Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Temp fix Reply with quote

I agree with early post , only a drop tester will confirm batt condition . How old is the battery , is it maintain ex free, or top up , could check cells .if your in the sticks you could rig up a battery isolator ,
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My nearest is poggibonsi
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit further North than I was (Naples) as I could have given you the name of a rather good garage (so immaculate that you could eat your dinner off the floor and they loved working on my 90 when not dealing with RRs! - and they all wore LR overalls too - oddly).

Will ask around my contacts out there.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have thought that any small old village garage would have a drop tester, Italy or not.

They also aren't that expensive to buy second hand

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Durite-drop-battery-t...sh=item1e821dc7ce

but you better have a decent sized pair of balls the first time you use one.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diode gone in alternator? Check for current drain between brown wire and alternator with everything else turned off. Can get diode pack repacements here.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a fair call - simple (ie easy shippable parts) can be sorted but then agian nowadays most places will post anywhere (not like in my day (well 2 years ago!)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
After you've checked all the usual stuff like stuck relays etc. there's another one that you won't find easily and it is - a partial short between the battery poles caused by dust and water! Sometimes you will find it down the side of the battery from the positive terminal to the chassis. Cure: take the battery off and give it a hot water clean and DRY it off good.
It's an odd one this is because the battery doesn't look 'wrong' but it is. You can throw a bucket of water over a typical battery and not suffer from this problem because the water should naturally pool into droplets and therefore a circuit is not formed because they are not touching each other. Good luck.
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