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#1 OFFLINE   mbhrider

 
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 12:57 PM

A friend of mine has a 2005 1500. He has had issues with the battery draining occassionally. Apparently only when his wife or daughter drives it??

Is there a known issue associated with these trucks? I'm thinkng maybe a short in a dash switch, or bad battery?
Just looking to see if this is a common problem and a good place to start the troubleshooting.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:03 PM

Are they leaving a phone charger plugged in? My truck gives constant power to the cigarette lighters and if I leave my radar detector switched on it drains the battery. 

 

Otherwise he'd have to check for parasitic draw. Which is "Fun" 

 

Start with the obvious, is there lights being left on, check the vanity mirrors light if there is one. 


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:32 PM

As far as I know there is nothing plugged in. He had thought the interior light switch might have been doing it at first, but the latest incident it wasn't left on.
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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:52 PM

not that this is the problem but on one of my older vehicles the harness was rubbing on the steering shaft

 

it wore through the protective sheath & was grounding out

 

which equated into sometimes like your friend the battery would drain without reason, I found it by chance one day


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Posted 02 April 2015 - 01:37 PM

I think he found the issue. Apparently if you are not to careful, when turning off the ignition it is very easy to turn it past the off position and in to the accessory position. That may explain why it was only happening to his wife and daughter??
Anyway, no problems since discovering that.
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Posted 02 April 2015 - 02:26 PM

I think he found the issue. Apparently if you are not to careful, when turning off the ignition it is very easy to turn it past the off position and in to the accessory position. That may explain why it was only happening to his wife and daughter??
Anyway, no problems since discovering that.

Do they leave the keys in the ignition? I ask because I had a friend that never took his out (Yes, it eventually got stolen out of his driveway)That sounds like the cylinder is worn out to me, you shouldn't ever be able to remove the key when it's in accessory position, especially on a newer model vehicle. 


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