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Old 12-19-2010
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possible battery draw question

i have been fighting this issue for quite some time with the 06, i had thought i had a crapped out battery, so i have since replaced it, and still fighting it, so earlier today i decided to persue it a little further, and i did the trick of taking the neg battery cable off, and running a test light from the neg terminal on the cable to the neg terminal to the battery, and it lit up, so i pulled all the fuses out, and stil on, so i started flipping switches to see if i can get it to show its ugly head, so i turned on the headlight switch, and it started making a buzzing noise, so i traced it to a plug on the fuse box, i unplugged one of the master plug on the fuse box on the passenger kick panel, no my truck had got hit on that side, would accident damage cause some sort of malfunction in the fusebox? i found one on ebay, and on the upper left corner it is stamped "scrap if dropped more than 20 CM's" obviously the impact would have been greater then a drop from 20 cm's and would a fuse panel from a 2007 be the same as for the 2006?

here is the impact my truck suffered, and don't laugh, but my **** was a cable truck...LOL

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Old 12-22-2010
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The proper way to find current drain is first check the over all drain. Take your Multimeter and set it to measure AMPS. Disconnect a battery cable and connect your multimeter in series with the battery cable and terminal. This way it can read the current going THROUGH the meter. You should have around 0.05 Amps or 50 mA (with doors closed and all lights off, pretty much as if it was just sitting). Anything significantly greater and there is something wrong. To find out which circuit is not working right pull a fuse at a time and make your multimeter act like the fuse and place both probes into the two fuse terminals. This way you can see what the current drain is for each circuit. When you find the fuse that has a significantly high current drain (above numbers listed above), this is your circuit that is acting up.

You may want to take a good read at this post:

From what I quickly read, it was the GEM and the Battery Saver Relay. According to the post the GEM has the same "scrap if dropped" stamp.

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