1995 OLDSMOBILE 98 BATTERY DRAINAGE; PARISITIC BATTERY LOSS

  • Tiny
  • mrfeld
  • 1995 Oldsmobile 98

Electrical problem
1995 Oldsmobile 98 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles

battery drains overnight. Problem isolated to the the A/C circuit. The blower motor seems to function normal, however with the amp meter on the neg. Battery cable there was heavy amperage draw. If I unplug heater motor, draw stops. If I unplug fuse, draw stops. If I unplug resistor, draw stops. The connector for the resistor with one red wire is supplying 12V with car off & no key in ignition, which in turn goes from there to the heater motor with the car still off and no key. But here's the thing, at the red wire tested 12V, and when using a test light the bulb lights. At the blower motor tested 12V but would not light a test light. Are these readings normal? Should they have power w/o keys in ingition or does this indicate a problem w/ the motor or the resistor, or something else? Is it possible that this is what is causing my battery drain? How do I fix it?

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 AT 6:29 PM

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  • internetmechanic
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How much amp draw? Use a digital voltmeter between the two terminals for the blower motor connector. With the key off, there shouldn't be any voltage at the connector. If your using a 12 volt test lite, there may be voltage, but not enough to turn on the lite, or if you were using chassis ground, maybe a poor ground. Use the connector wires for voltage and ground. Purple wire is voltage, black is ground.

Battery has a full charge and charging system works ok?


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/512072_olds_blower_motor_1.jpg

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 AT 8:06 PM
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So is it a problem with the blower motor? Should it be replaced?

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 AT 1:26 PM
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  • Wrenchtech
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You have a relay sticking withing the resister assembly which means the resister is bad. You could also have a bad blower motor because the motor should have been running under those circumstances.

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 AT 1:38 PM
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Thanks Wrenchtech, Happy Holidays to you and all.

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Sunday, December 25th, 2011 AT 1:01 AM

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