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What is the best way to locate an electical short

\015 An apparent electrical short is causing the battery to drain, resulting in the inability to start the car. I would like to know what is the easiest way to locate the short.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 16-09-2019

Answers :

I guess if you can't locate a light that is staying on, in the trunk, or a tail light or something, you could pull fuses. For example: take your negative battery cable off the battery post, and then touch it lightly back to the post. It will spark if there is something still on. Now, pull the fuse for the heater, for example, and then touch the battery cable to the post again. If the spark is reduced, you have found the culpret. If not, pull another fuse, and repeat.
\015\012 You will most likely have a small spark when you touch the post back on, even when everything is normal. but it should be very small.
\015\012 If you don't find anything this way, the problem is likely the starter solenoid.
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