A parasitic draw on the brake light fuse

Tiny
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  • 2002 BUICK PARK AVENUE
  • 3.8L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 115,000 MILES
I seem to have a draw on my car battery. I checked my amp draws and came up with.53 and it should be between 30-50. So I started pulling fuses and found the stop fuse dropped to.39.
This should mean that something in the stop fuse system is drawing some power. Nothing seems to be wrong. All the lights and brakes signals work. Brake switch works. Can anyone make a suggestion? Maybe a body control module (BCM) shorted? But where would that be.

The battery drains after about three days to a dead battery. I cannot find where the draw is in that circuit. 0.53 miliamps. The readings were taken after the car went to sleep. About fifteen seconds.I did not turn on the ignition to do the test. I just made sure the battery was charged.

Thank you. Craig
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:26 PM

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Tiny
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Do I understand you waited 15 seconds for the computer to go to sleep mode? Some computers take up to 20 minutes. Also, if you switch your meter to a lower range for more accuracy, that will wake up most computers for another 20 minutes. All meters use a "break-before-make" rotary switch. Those create a momentary open circuit as they're turned. Place a jumper in parallel with the meter, switch the range, then remove the jumper. That will avoid waking up any computers.
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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 AT 6:22 PM
Tiny
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Thank you. I will check my readings again and place a jumper in line.
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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 AT 11:38 PM
Tiny
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Just to be sure I was clear, the temporary jumper goes across the meter, not in series with it. The goal is to give current a path to flow instead of having to go through the meter.

Keep me posted.
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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 AT 7:28 PM
Tiny
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Sorry it is taking so long to get back with a update. I believe the draw is from a bad fuel level sensor. Anyways I am still investigating. My hood to the car was crinkled by a deer recently and I have not been able to open the hood. The battery stills goes dead after a couple days. At least I could reach through the gap in the hood to charge the battery and use the car. Thanks again.
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 AT 1:51 AM
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Hey Craig

I don't know if this will help but here is a good guide on battery draw situations.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-dead-overnight

Please let us know what happens.

Best, Ken

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017 AT 12:49 PM
Tiny
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Hi Ken,
I found the other fuse box under the rear seat which I need to test.
Thanks
Craig
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Friday, March 17th, 2017 AT 1:31 AM
Tiny
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Hi Ken,
It seems the draw was from the cd/pn fuse. I have no cd player in trunk or telephone. After I pulled the fuse under the back seat the meter finally settled at.02 milliampes before that is was at.52 milliamp. The cd player and radio in the car work fine.
So something is draining from this circuit but nothing is attached. Anyways thank you for your help.
Thanks
Craig
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Sunday, March 19th, 2017 AT 11:02 AM
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Hi Craig,

It looks like the CD changer or the amplifier is not turning off, here is a wiring diagram to look over. Try plugging each item one at a time to check if the draw stops.

Please let us know what happens.

Best, Ken
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 11:45 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for the wiring diagram. I have been looking for this.
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 11:36 PM
Tiny
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Please let us know what happens.

Best.
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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 AT 8:53 AM
Tiny
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Hello Ken,
I remove the delphi delco electronic system and telephone electronic device. That was it behind the back of the back seat passengers side. Two tight 18mm bolts to remove the back cushion. I have the fuse back in and drawing.02 amps when shut down. I think I will just leave it as I do not use these devices. The only thing that I noticed which was strange was the cable like connector would not tighten on the telephone gps device. It felt like it was stripped. Possible bad connection? Probably would not cause a draw.
Thank You
Craig L Gaido
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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 AT 2:14 PM

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