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Old 08-31-2006
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My lights DRAINED my battery.

And they were never on. I don't understand it. Did I wire them up wrong? I'm pretty sure I wired them up exactly the way Pro-Comp's directions showed me to. Anyone got any ideas?
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can you post what the instructions looked like?
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Why do you say the lights did it? If they weren't on, how can you say they were the reason?

Just trying to get an understanding of the events that lead to your battery being drained.

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There ya have it.
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Why do you say the lights did it? If they weren't on, how can you say they were the reason?

Just trying to get an understanding of the events that lead to your battery being drained.

-Levino
The battery was fine before I wired up the lights. Soon as I wired up the lights, less then a week later, my battery died when I was in Burger King parking lot. I had to call my mom to give me a jump and even then, when I was driving home, my truck wanted to die and the tach stopped working.
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check wiring at the switch, then check position of that wiring in relation to the relay and go from there.
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could it be a weak alternator, now that the load is much greater when running those lights its putting it under quicker?
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could it be a weak alternator, now that the load is much greater when running those lights its putting it under quicker?
But why would it if I never even turned them on? Only time I did turn them on was for like 1 min to make sure they work. Thats it.
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Sounds to me like your not charging whether it be the alt. or fusible link.

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But why would it if I never even turned them on? Only time I did turn them on was for like 1 min to make sure they work. Thats it.
maybe because your wiring job is bad or just coincidence. what did you use to make the wire connections and where did you tap into?
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There ya have it.

usually the way i've seen wiring is the lights are suppost to be in the center spade on the switch, and the top space is for your power
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Your lights didn't kill your battery. Electricity doesn't work like that.

Your alternator isn't charging the battery if it just died like that. Either the fusible link is bad or the alternator is bad.
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Your lights didn't kill your battery. Electricity doesn't work like that.

Your alternator isn't charging the battery if it just died like that. Either the fusible link is bad or the alternator is bad.

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Old 09-02-2006
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have you checked your fuses?
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Old 09-03-2006
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There are no fuses to check for this. A blown fuse would make some component of the vehicle inoperable. In this case, the battery is not being charged by the alternator. That means either the alternator is toast the fusible link connecting it to the power box under the hood is blown.
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here is how i wired mine up
12v sources from the lights and from the light switch went to a fusable link to the distrabution box.
back in the day i had some baja lights on my old ranger and it did the same thing, i had it hooked up to the pos battery terminal. then i switched it to a key on in the fuse box.

try it hooked up to the box not the battery.
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OK. Lets try it this way. It doesn't matter where or how you hook up the lights as it relates to the problem at hand. Your lights have nothing to do with the loss of charging. It is coincidental. You need to either replace the fusible link that feeds the distrbution box or replace your alternator.
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