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mick laporta 03-04-2007 08:18 AM

tj electrical problem
i have a 98 wrangler tj and am having a naging problem with somthing draining my battery after it sits for a few days. i have been through 3 yellow top optimas and have installed a new 205 amp alternator i do have a powerful stero system but i had the problem before the install please help:confused:

jp'rs_peep'rs 03-04-2007 09:47 AM

More info please?

Example: Winch, fog lite, neon, other electrical....


mick laporta 03-04-2007 10:07 AM

i have an older ramsey 8000 winch and 2 switched reverse lights the winch has not been used in months though

mick laporta 03-04-2007 10:12 AM

almost forgot i have a cb also

jp'rs_peep'rs 03-04-2007 10:15 AM

R any of your elec items going directly to the battery for there connection?


mick laporta 03-04-2007 11:22 AM

the winch and the amp and the cap

jherrin215 03-04-2007 11:31 AM

The amp and the cap are both wired directly to the battery?? Shouldn't the cap be wired to the battery and the amp wired to the cap??

mick laporta 03-04-2007 03:40 PM

yes thats how they are wired

mario543k20 03-04-2007 06:50 PM

hmmm i would take it somewhere to have it looked at... like a private stereo store. circuit city and bestbuy wont touch it.

compshooter 03-05-2007 09:59 AM

Ace Alternator.

Take it to them, the'll put a machine on it to determine where the drain is. Cost about $26 bucks for them to find my short that was draining my battery every two days.

mick laporta 03-05-2007 04:31 PM

i dont have a ace alternator in my area but what was the problem that was draining yours ?

compshooter 03-05-2007 05:38 PM

Problem was on my Toyota, not the Jeep. We had a couple of wires crossed when we did an engine/tranny swap. Corrected the wires and now the truck can sit for a month at a time and still fire right up.

Shoughun 03-23-2007 11:56 PM

My friend had the same problem with his GM alternator, he brought it to a nearby shop. They found out that there was a faulty wiring. Just made some wiring replacement and was fix immediately.. I suggest bring it to someone who knows about wirings... Goodluck...

Geeps 03-24-2007 12:07 AM

Try disconnecting your winch for a few days.

jp'rs_peep'rs 03-24-2007 09:40 AM

A thought. Try disconnecting every thing from your battery. Clean the ends of the cables really well and make sure the post are cleaned on the battery. Check to make certain your wires are clean and connected well at all points and that there are no breaks...etc...


jp'rs_peep'rs 03-24-2007 09:41 AM

Leave all non essential items off for at least the week end.


Jerry Bransford 03-24-2007 11:38 AM

The way to find the source of the drain is to insert an amp meter in series with the battery and see what kind of a drain is there when nothing is turned on. If the drain is more than 20-30 ma, start pulling fuses to see which circuit is causing the big drain. The only items that should cause a continuous drain on the battery include the PCM (engine computer) and your radio. Neither of those draw much current though. :)

BSing 03-24-2007 03:50 PM

make sure your amp is turning off with the stereo

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