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Dead battery GM vehicles

Dead battery GM vehicles GM has issued a service bulletin 10-08-50-001 to address dead battery problems in the vehicles listed below with heated seats. The condition may be intermittent or full time and appears as a dead battery, low battery, no crank no start condition. GM has determined that the heated seat module is the cause of the battery drain. Do NOT replace the module. GM has released a software update to reprogram the module and force it to shut down once the vehicle is turned off. Any GM dealer … Read More

Find battery drain on Ford Vehicles

Battery drain on Ford Finding the source of a battery drain can be frustrating. Here’s a test to use with a Ford vehicle. If you’ve suffered a dead battery and both the battery and charging systems check out, it’s time to perform a parasitic drain test. The test involves hooking an ammeter in series with the negative battery cable to measure the amperage draw. Professional technicians use a clamp on ammeter. Here’s what you’re looking for: Most computers have a keep alive mode that keeps drawing current for about 15 … Read More

Honda battery dead

What’s killing the battery in my Honda Honda reports a problem with an A/C relay that can stick and drain your battery. If you drive a 2006-07 Accord Hybrid or 2003 Civic Hybrid and have a problem with your Honda battery is dead, check the relay before condemning any other component. Find the A/C relay and remove it by pulling it out. If the printing on the relay shows that it was made by a company OTHER THAN Mitsuba, replace it. Mitsuba relays are designed to prevent the sticking problem. … Read More

Dead car battery

What causes a dead car battery? If you have a dead car battery first thing every morning, you might have a parasitic battery drain and you should conduct a car battery drain test. See this post for more information on how to test for a battery drain. Or, you may have a charging system problem. Start by checking your charging system and ruling out a battery drain issue. Start by testing the car charging system Use a digital battery tester to check the condition of the car battery and the … Read More


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