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Phantom power drain

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by gosolo, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Jun 30, 2016 at 2:11 AM
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    gosolo

    gosolo [OP] If you go solo you better go prepared

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    How long till the battery goes dead when you leave your tundra parked?
    There wasn't enough juice to unlock the door with the key fob when I tried yesterday after returning from work out of state. Been about a month since its been moved.keep it garaged. Anyone else experience this? I know it's going to drain over time but I expected it to hold a change much longer than this.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2016 at 6:28 AM
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    Depends on the draw. A month is a good amount of time. Are you good with a volt meter?
     
  3. Jun 30, 2016 at 7:05 AM
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    Wynnded Wait, what?

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    I had this happen to me last summer when I put my truck in storage while I drove my summer car. It was in there for a couple of months and when I swapped them back, I had to jump start the truck with the car. As the truck still had its original battery and that was nearly five years old, I bought a new one at the next reasonable opportunity. Now I'm wondering if that was "normal" behavior.
     
  4. Jun 30, 2016 at 7:07 AM
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    gosolo [OP] If you go solo you better go prepared

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    Fairly knowledgeable.
    Are you thinking I could check for flow with everything off?
     
  5. Jun 30, 2016 at 8:19 AM
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    Yea that is what i would think. Check what the amp draw is when parked. I know the truck does something a few hours after shutting off the engine. Not sure if it continues over time or if its just a one time thing. Think it is a purge of gas fumes, could be wrong.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2016 at 9:35 AM
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    yep bank account is running low from it..
    Clock,radio, fob alarm should be in milliamps.

    Unless you have a bad cell starting to go in the battery...

    Check your battery connections. If you have resistance the higher the draw rate.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2016 at 11:17 AM
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    Pop the hood, lock the doors and remove the key. Looseb the negative cable. Connect your meter on the negative post under the cable keeping a connection and the other lead to the negative cable. Set the meter to the largest amp setting at first... just I case. Then reduce from there depending on reading. Or buy a meter that does it automatically;)

    Anything more than 50 MA is excessive. Or .050 amps. If it is excessive, then start disconnecting power from all aftermarket stuff first. Remember, if u hit the unlock button or open a door with ur meter still connected in series, your gonna blow the fuse in the meter. Good luck!;)
     
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  8. Jun 30, 2016 at 10:21 PM
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    gosolo [OP] If you go solo you better go prepared

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    Thanks for the feedback and help
     
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