Power Drain on a 2002 Ford Taurus SES

55

Asked by Mar 20, 2013 at 09:41 PM about the 2002 Ford Taurus SES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a power drain on a 2002 Ford Taurus SES, Vulcan 3.0.  Battery was replaced.  Alternator is charging ok.  Tried to pull fuses with multi-meter to measure current draw and found total draw of 1.2 Amps.  1.1 Amp draw is through fuse 16 (Flasher, GEM, ICP, RCC Memory, Cluster).  This is after MORE than an hour, but I wonder if I am reawakening GEM every time I close open circuit between negative battery terminal and negative clamp with my meter.  Also, is there a hood switch that keeps GEM awake? I do not have a hood light. Bottom line, I think this 1.2 draw continues regardless of hood position or time after shut down but would like to know for sure and would appreciate suggestions before I jury rig some wiring outside hood.  Note: I also have a 0.4 Amp draw through fuse 26 (mirror, pulse stretcher module, deck lid lamp (If this is a hood lamp I do not have one) Battery Saver); ALSO 0.18 Amp draw on fuse 10 (Circuit breaker: power seats, delayed accessory).  Is there a chance that my Battery Saver Relay is keeping my GEM awake?  Now that would be ironic.  Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

6 Answers

19,055

id try the gem replacement, something is breaking down .seems probable .this is where a clamp on over meter is nice for testing

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
55

This problem has continued for about a month. Battery drains in about a day. I am now working with a 3 week old new replacement battery. Obvious problems, such as lights or switches left on, were eliminated first. There is a consistent 1.19 Amp drain on the battery when everything should be off (My understanding is that a continuous current of about 0.05 Amp is normal.). Once jumped, all is fine while driving because alternator is charging properly. GEM replacement is not cheap or easy so I thought there might be other obvious issues. After market alarm (installed at dealer) has already been removed. Radio may go next because I believe it is a common source of power drains. Since I narrowed this down to fuses 16, 26 and 10 (as detailed above) I thought others might be able to identify the problem. Thanks for ideas.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
55

That being said, if it is the GEM, will my mechanic’s professional code reader be able to identify the problem with certainty before I replace the part?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
55

No problems that I can identify.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
55

To be clear - no apparent problems with ignition switch.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
19,055

I see gems online for about 100$ , think its under dash .near column ,maybe a parts store will let you plug one in for a test.if they are their to see the results.have it hanging and ready,plug ,check and buy if response .they may even know something .working in that area a savvy clerk will know some things that will amaze ya.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Taurus

Looking for a Used Taurus in your area?

CarGurus has 21,198 nationwide Taurus listings starting at $1,800.

ZIP:

Search Ford Taurus Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Ford Taurus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,450
#2 lightGear
lightGear
Reputation 1,840
#3 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,780
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
956 Great Deals out of 35,425 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Explorer
1,111 Great Deals out of 72,088 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford F-150
3,142 Great Deals out of 208,987 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang
565 Great Deals out of 43,002 listings starting at $1,699
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,185 Great Deals out of 83,205 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda Accord
1,013 Great Deals out of 75,624 listings starting at $899
Used Toyota Camry
1,238 Great Deals out of 97,272 listings starting at $1,250
Used Nissan Maxima
398 Great Deals out of 24,557 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Focus
884 Great Deals out of 58,882 listings starting at $800
Used Ford Escape
1,369 Great Deals out of 87,086 listings starting at $1,150

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Taurus For Sale
119 listings starting at $22,994
2016 Ford Taurus For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 9,018 listings starting at $17,588
2015 Ford Taurus For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 1,621 listings starting at $8,995
2014 Ford Taurus For Sale
41 Great Deals out of 1,364 listings starting at $9,494
2013 Ford Taurus For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 1,643 listings starting at $7,888