1985 Cadillac Deville

Tiny
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Electrical problem
1985 Cadillac Deville V8 Front Wheel Drive Automatic

When I remove the negative cable from the battery and measure from ground to the disconnected cable cable. I am reading 13v.
I tried to isolate a circuit by removing each fuses, unpluging connectors, module, wiring harness, wires to starter, alternator and the problem still exist.
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 11:57 AM

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Tiny
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If you are attempting to measure battery drain, you are doing it incorrectly. For one, you need an ammeter capable of measuring in milliamps. The test is performed by placing the ammeter in series with the circuit. If you disconnect the battery negative, you would place the ammeter between the cable and the battery negative post. You need to make sure there is no loads on the system larger than the fuse that protects the meter, or you open the fuse. Typically, I take the key out, and close the doors with all windows open. I use a knife switch, but you can take a jumper wire between the cable and battery post. Connect your meter set on amps, between the cable and post as well, and remove the jumper. Now all the load is routed through the meter. It is possible, if you use the meter and no jumper, that the initial spike can blow the fuse in the meter. Dial the scale down on the meter to the lowest unit of measurement(400 mA/40 mA etc), and that is your drain. A vehicle of your vintage should be fairly low, less than 15-20 mA.
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 11:35 PM
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I connected a ammeter to the disconnected negative cable and battery post and the reading was 4.1ma. I removed the fuse for the electric battery and the current is not there.

I am still reading 13v between the negative battery post and the disconnected cable even with this fuse removed. Is this reading normal for a 1985 cadillac?
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Monday, October 11th, 2010 AT 1:17 PM
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Normal or not, that reading(13v) is not a valid test for anything other than voltage drop, or battery voltage in a roundabout way. The 4.1mA is a valid reading, and rather excessive. The electric battery fuse, which fuse is it, and where? My question is, did that fuse break the circuit down, or are other circuits powered from that fuse? If other circuits are powered, you answered where the problem potentially lies, but it is still general. If this is in the fuse panel under the dash, which number corresponds to it?
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Monday, October 11th, 2010 AT 11:47 PM
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The fuse is located under the dash, reference No. 14.(Elec Batt.) I think the power seats circuits is power by this fuse.
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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 AT 1:10 PM
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I am showing #14 being electronic level control(rear height adjustment). It has two branches from the fuse block, one going to the ride height compressor, and one going to the height sensor. You could perhaps break it down by installing the fuse, then disconnecting the compressor and checking the draw, or disconnecting the height sensor and checking.
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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 AT 5:49 PM

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