I recently installed all new wiring for my headlights, turn signals, flashers, brake lights, and parking lights. I also installed a new speedometer. I finally got ALL my lights working correctly. Now, my battery dies overnight. So my "quick-fix" idea would be a battery kill switch, until I decide to start tracing wires that may be causing the issue. Has anyone installed a kill switch??? If so, where did you locate it, on the battery or inside around the dash somewhere (for easy access)??? And what is a good switch to use? I know I probably want a heavy duty one. Any help/thoughts would be appreciate.
If your bound on installing a switch (patience is a virtue, better to find the problem than rig around it and cause a fire), it will have to be between the battery and the draw. This means either the POS battery cable or the main power lead off the solenoid. both are under the hood.
If you splice the main battery cable, insure you use a switch that will take the amps during cranking.
Thanks guys. I'm going to try and find the source of the load tonight. The more I think about it, the more I want to fix it. All seems well until I plugged in my new speedometer...I'm guessing this might be the source, or a good place to start anyhow.
Not for the problem you mention but just due to how easy they are to hot-wire these old Jeeps in the first place I have thought about hiding one of these somewhere on it.
I have one of the Dual Battery models on my boat and used both the single and dual battery versions on Offroad rigs before. You can key models that need keys or models that don't but I liked the keyed models because you can not only turn off the battery's, select one battery or the other or both, and they are keyed and if you remove the key it locks it in whatever position you have it in;
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200 amp constant duty relay and a barrel key in on the dash. take the battery cable off the starter relay and no power will go to the cab put the battery cable on one side of the new relay and another wire from there the the starter relay. its easy and mine has been that way for about 12 years now
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