I have a battery drain and I can't spot the problem

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Asked by Dec 12, 2015 at 01:02 PM about the 2001 Dodge Durango Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Dodge Durango SLT 2WD / 5.9L engine. For weeks, I have had
to disconnect my battery while I leave the car overnight. Something is killing
the battery and I have tried checking for lights staying on (dome lights, glove
compartments, doors, etc). I would try the fuses but even though I can't
identify them, I have pulled them off and they seem fine. Any ideas??

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If you have an amp meter, disconnect the positive battery terminal and hook up the amp meter between the battery and the cable with it set on amps at a low setting. If there is a drain, then go inside and pull fuses until you find which circuit the drain is on. A helper will make it go a lot faster. A battery that is at the end of its life span could also be the problem.

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35,035

Your computer may draw a few milliamps which is normal.

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I actually got this battery about 8 months ago. I got it tested by the auto parts store and told me that it was fine. They also told me that I may have a drain on the battery, due to a "short" in the system. I do have an amp meter, but I heard that it's safer to test this with the negative cable. Does that matter?

35,035

Either cable is fine. I was looking for one of these and finally found one which I may have to buy --- http://www.amazon.com/ESI-303B- Fuse-Buddy-Adapter/dp/B000TQ15E0

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These could also be helpful --- http://www.amazon.com/GTC- CT6100-Fuse-Socket- Connector/dp/B001TCXOTW/ref=pd_bxgy_263_img_3? ie=UTF8&refRID=1FVPP1BSECEZ2BSHJ2A2

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I'm gonna try that. However, I think I may start checking with my meter today. One last question: Should my power windows still work when I pull the key out of the ignition?

35,035

Not sure on a Dodge but my Fords will work until I open the door and my Subarus will not work at all unless the key is on.

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35,035

Keep in mind that your amp meter can probably only measure a large amp draw for a short period of time before it over heats.

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How much would you say it's a large amp draw? And which settings should I use??

35,035

I would check your owners manual. Yours is rated for ten amps but I would guess that would be just for a few seconds. If you don't have a manual you probably can download one.

35,035

I would start with the meter on the highest amp setting and turn it down until I get a reading if any. Again, check your owners manual for recommendations. I have different meters so I can't say for sure.

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Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. I will come back to this forum to post my findings and results. Have a great day!

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