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Re: Bring your best
dhjmd #1366710 Sat Jun 27 2020 07:51 PM
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Phil, testing on the ignition switch shown, if it is the two position, has shown that all are on and all are off, no matter how you wire it. Maybe someone can confirm that.


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dhjmd #1366747 Sun Jun 28 2020 01:06 AM
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It’s the off position that I was thinking about. I haven’t tested the switch myself to confirm either way. I know you (bartamos) understood what I meant, but for the sake of the OP, I will explain my prior post.

We know, with the ignition switch in the “On” position, all three terminals are electrically connected. My questIon is, when the switch is in the “Off” position, are all three terminals isolated from each other? If two of the terminals are still electrically connected (in the “Off” position), then it could be easily be wired that turning the switch to the “Off” position would not disconnect power to the coil. Thus the drain on the battery.

If the switch in the “off” position does isolate all three terminals as you say, then my point is moot.


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Re: Bring your best
dhjmd #1366764 Sun Jun 28 2020 01:52 AM
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Re: Bring your best
dhjmd #1367085 Tue Jun 30 2020 02:47 AM
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Thx again guys! Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to work on that part of the truck this weekend 😁 If the ignition was wired as shown in my original posting photo, and there was never a key in the ignition, could that still be an issue?

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dhjmd #1367087 Tue Jun 30 2020 02:50 AM
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Don't understand the question. An issue with what? Does the switch turn or not? Is it a two position? (on/off)


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dhjmd #1367092 Tue Jun 30 2020 03:00 AM
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Yep the switch turns, but I never did it with the battery installed 😂.

I originally installed the battery, checked out the basic lighting where I observed the issues in the original post. I was just asking if the ignition switch was wired as shown in my original photo, could that have been the cause of the drained battery?

Re: Bring your best
dhjmd #1367093 Tue Jun 30 2020 03:07 AM
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If the other end of the wires went to the correct place and the switch was off, that would not drain the battery. As I posted, it does not matter which wire goes to which terminal on the switch. Trying to answer without being misinterpreted. Does that answer?
The sticking voltage regulator contact could cause it or other ignition malfunctions sticking.

Did you see the post that I linked, battery draw test??????


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dhjmd #1367210 Tue Jun 30 2020 08:34 PM
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Yep, that answers the question - thank you! I just need to get back to the truck and do some investigating. I spent the weekend working on toolboxes and rear fenders wink I saw and reviewed the post about finding battery draw, again, just have to get some time to look more deeply into.

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Lightholder's Dad #1367604 Fri Jul 03 2020 07:45 PM
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So with my multimeter on 2000k ohms, i touch the black lead to my negative battery cable and the red lead to the positive battery cable. The number jumps wround a bit and quickly settles on "1"?

I also checked out the link from bartamos to try and determine where the draw may be coming from but it has you tapping into fuses and the only two on my truck are for the tail and stop lights (as original)?

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dhjmd #1367608 Fri Jul 03 2020 08:01 PM
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You are set WAY TOO high. You need to read milli-amps. 1 usually mean "out of range". I only gave the link for the negative battery cable test to find parasitic drain (small milli-amp readings) not for fuse tests.


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I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.


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