battery drains with no reason - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Grand Cherokee & Commander Forums > ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum > battery drains with no reason

Year End Clearance Sale! Save 20%NEW!! HMF 50"-52" light bar mounting brackets!! Introducing MONSTALINER™ UV Permanent DIY Roll On Bed Line

Reply
Unread 07-19-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
chrishill4000
Registered User
2003 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Coeburn, Va
Posts: 9
battery drains with no reason

I have a 1995 jeep grand cherokee limited. When you let the jeep sit overnight and you try to start the jeep it tries to start then quits and a loud clicking noises comes from the jeep somewhere (cant tell where the click is too loud to tell in the engine bay). after it starts the loud clicking the alarm goes off. if you cut the alarm off and hook jumper cables to the jeep it starts fine. Tested both alternator and the battery and both tested good. no lights are being left on at all not even the light under the hood or anything. Please help.

chrishill4000 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-19-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
ratmonkey
R.I.P.
 
ratmonkey's Avatar
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: , Pennsylvania
Posts: 19,794
time to get out the multimeter and see where the drain is.
__________________
'97 zj 5.2, some stuff, some other suff, and some things that even work sometimes.

ratmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-19-2011, 11:07 PM   #3
phitmein
Web Wheeler
 
phitmein's Avatar
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,342
Did you load test the battery ???

I have seen part stores be wrong about alternators and/or batteries being good ...

it could just be the battery ...

a simple test is, after driving it (to charge the batt.), park it and disconnect the neg. batt. terminal over night,or even better, 24 hours and see what it does after reconnecting it ...
phitmein is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-20-2011, 01:47 AM   #4
BlueDevil
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Croatia
Posts: 680
^that.
Your batt could be old and unable to keep the charge well. Happened to me, only my lasted 2 days. 3rd day I had to turn her on, otherwise she wouldn't crank without jumper cables. Replaced batt and all is well. The simplest test is what phitmein said, fully charge batt, disconnect (-) cable overnight or better two, and then see if it cranks. If not, the batt is goodbye. If it does, then ratmonkey's way - multimeter out & see who's missing the bedtime...
__________________
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder
* 1994 ZJ (by VIN) with a 1995 engine (PO knows why)
BlueDevil is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-20-2011, 01:58 AM   #5
Delta347
Web Wheeler
 
Delta347's Avatar
1990 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Anaheim, California
Posts: 1,578
I had the same issue, I had to ground out my alarm system in my 1995 to stop te drain.

My alarm would go off randomly in the middle of the night for no reason at all.

Even when it didn't it would drain over night for no reason.

It went through 2 brand new batteries in 1 month and an alternator so that's when I said F-it and grounded the alarm. Only thing that seemed plausible.

My iPhone will poison your Android.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leans93 View Post
So ghost has a plug in his hole and opihi has a gaping hole, Do I need to worry about this hole at all? I just don't want to start her up and have something spewing out of it.
Side Effects may include dry mouth, nausea, vomitting, water retention, painful recolage, hallucination, dementia, psycosis, coma, death, and halitosus. YJs are not for everyone please consult your physician before use.
Delta347 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-21-2011, 05:55 PM   #6
Kevin86me
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: presque isle, maine
Posts: 80
i had a problem like this turned out to be the voltage regulator pcm
Kevin86me is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-25-2011, 07:02 AM   #7
larry408
Registered User
1991 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW Arkansas
Posts: 365
If you still have the hood light connected try dis-connecting it. That was what was pulling my battery down. It was staying on all the time.
__________________
USAF 1968-1972
NRA Life
2004 WJ
1998 ZJ
1991 YJ
1973 Dodge Dart Sport
1980 Honda CB900c
larry408 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-25-2011, 07:04 AM   #8
BlueDevil
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Croatia
Posts: 680
Yup, that b'stard has mercury switch in it, can't see it, and if it goes south, light might either be on 24/7 or never come on.
__________________
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder
* 1994 ZJ (by VIN) with a 1995 engine (PO knows why)
BlueDevil is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-25-2011, 07:53 AM   #9
MAUSS
Registered User
1996 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Posts: 792
Section 8A of the Factory Service Manual describes the troubleshooting technique for finding a high-current, ignition off draw. The typical draw should only be 25 mA.
__________________
'93 Limited (sold), '96 Laredo
MAUSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-25-2011, 10:31 AM   #10
stageninja
That Rigger Guy
 
stageninja's Avatar
1997 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 585
I know you say no lights are being left on but a sticky switch on the brake light @ the pedal was the draw on my wife's '98 zj.
__________________
Mine '97 White, ZJ Ltd, 5.2, Up-Country Suspension, Kolak ignition, Kolak/Magnaflow Exhaust
Her's '98 Chargold ZJ Ltd. 4.0 2wd
Our 1st '97 White, ZJ Ltd, 5.2, The parts Jeep for 5 years...R.I.P. Sent to Pic-A-Part 5/17/2013

stageninja is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.