02 ford escape drawing power

Asked by Feb 02, 2016 at 11:28 PM about the 2002 Ford Escape XLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an 2002 Ford Escape and it is pulling the
battery down. I've had the battery replaced, the
alternator replaced, as well as the spark plugs. It
can have the battery charged and it work for a day
to a couple of days and it'll die again. I have friends
and old family mechanics telling me to replace
some relay switch or system relay? Because it
needs to be done after an alternator change. I've
asked parts stores and even other mechanics and
they all don't know what I'm talking about. Does
anyone know what this is or what I should do?

2 Answers


You have a "parasitic draw" on the electrical system, you need to diagnose and systematically check each wiring circuit to determine which relay or circuit is causing the issue. You don't want to just start replacing working parts. See youtube, good vid on the there on how to do it yourself.

I'm truly not very familiar with cars. How would I go about doing that? What kind of equipment would I need to check the wiring?

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