I BOUGHT THIS SW2 FROM A FRIEND WHO WAS JUST ...

  • Tiny
  • LSecundino
  • 1997 Saturn SW2
  • 145,000 miles

I bought this SW2 from a friend who was just going to scrap it. She said the security system was draining the battery. (Located in the backseat below the seat belt behind a panel) She said it made noise, but there is no obvious wire damage. Is there a way to reset it or "fix" the issue. Or maybe a relay connected to it?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013 AT 3:56 PM

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  • saturntech9
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I have never really seen a theft module on those cars drain the battery when they go bad the car usually won't start. What you have to realize is if a battery gets low enough electronic relays etc will click even if there good. The first thing I would do is have the alternator and battery tested? Just because someone heard something click doesn't mean its causing the battery to drain.

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013 AT 4:08 PM
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She told me that the Alternator and starter is new (she had them replaced. And I bought a brand new battery. After installing the battery for the first time it drained completely and died. I guess I have to get that alternator looked at again.

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013 AT 5:18 PM
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Yeah have the battery and alternaotr tested I dont care how new they are. If there good you will have to do a parastic load test to find the circuit that is causing the draw.

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013 AT 10:29 PM
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Ok, I took the battery back and had it tested. It's fine, but I got a different one anyways and had it tested before I left. The alternator is also good.. Hooked up the new battery and it's still draining super fast. Time to do some searching for a ground somewhere.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 AT 6:58 PM
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Why would a bad ground drain the battery?You need to do a parasitic draw test and pull a fuse out then put. It back in till you find the fuse where the draw is.

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013 AT 3:21 AM

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