98 Ranger Amp Draw Adventure

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by Charles Sifers, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. Charles Sifers

    Charles Sifers New Member

    Tracking a .25 amp draw on a 98 Ranger. Traced to a relay in the center of the dash to the right of the ABS Module. The hot wires are Lt Green/Yellow stripe. Any idea what this relay is?
     
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    Charles Sifers

    Charles Sifers New Member

    OK...confirmed that this is the battery saver relay. It was suggested that the GEM was the culprit (Ford Mechanic online...), but when the GEM is unplugged, power remains at the relay. Ideas?
     
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    Charles Sifers

    Charles Sifers New Member

    One thing I didn't do was fix the meter leads to the contacts. Every time I took a reading, I was starting all over again.

    After I fixed the leads, I found that the draw went down to .03 (after 45 minutes).

    So, apparently I'm on a wild goose chase.

    Doesn't explain why I'm on my 3rd battery in 4 months (original, cheap replacement, Optima Yellow Top).

    Alternator checked out initially. So, I'll go back there and make sure it is charging.

    Maybe this will help someone else.
     

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