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kouki_chee
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PostSubject: Re: battery draining problem   Sun May 29, 2011 12:43 pm

ok i did some research and i believe my timing chain is stretched... i have a new problem now... i cant find the right timing chain... i keep seeing all these double chain but not singles???? my cam gears are singles and not double... any clue where to find them
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PostSubject: Re: battery draining problem   Sun May 29, 2011 12:50 pm

nvm...lol i checked the guides and they are doubled...lol my bad
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PostSubject: Re: battery draining problem   Sun May 29, 2011 10:43 pm

make sure you get a new tensioner.
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PostSubject: Re: battery draining problem   Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:33 pm

Re: my 1989 hatchback -

The right headlight stays on even when the light is totally closed down

Is it a problem with the headlight relay?
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PostSubject: Re: battery draining problem   Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:04 am

It sounds like the battery drain issue isnt your central focus at the moment, but I'll comment on it anyway.

While I haven't dealt with electrical issues on the S-chassis specifically, I have had quite a bit of electrical experience on other platforms. If your short is in a body/engine wiring harness somewhere, it can be VERY difficult to trace. The best place to start is the fuse box. As somebody mentioned earlier, with multi-meter in hand, start pulling fuses until the drain disappears. That helps you to narrow it down at least.

Another place to look is the alternator. I know it sounds stupid, but I have had more than one car with a battery drain that ends up being a bad alt. The car would still charge when running, but there must have been some kind of a short to the body of the alt (which is the ground) thus creating an open circuit and draining the battery. I would recommend testing this by removing the power wire to the alternator (and wrapping it with something so it doesn't short out on anything) and letting it sit for a few days. If you come back out and the battery is still dead, then I would assume your short is elsewhere.
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