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Old 03-15-2010, 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Baer View Post
Thanks JHZR2!

I was thinking that it was probably a short somewhere. When I put a voltmeter on the terminals it read about .4A. (without cables connected)

I wasn't really sure what that meant. Should there be current flowing from positive to negative with the cables disconnected? Half an amp seemed like a lot to me, but I'm not really that knowledgeable about electrical.

Tomorrow I will double check myself, and see if the current is going to the chassis.

When Sears tested the battery they just bench charged it and let it sit over night to see if it would lose it's charge.

It sure seems to me that if when completing the circuit via an ammeter, if you are seeing .4A, then you have your culprit.

Frankly, id replace battery first and foremost. Given that it has gone through a bunch of discharge cycles, IMO it is not reliable anymore, especially capacity-wise. So Id put a new one on (first testing it with your meter to see what a relevant reading should be), and see what that does. If it goes flat, then charge it with a battery charger and put in the old one until you find the solution.
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