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Michael Butts

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  1. I took at look at a few Youtube videos on removal of the alternator and decided it's not worth an all day effort just to take a look at the alternator. I'll put the car on a Battery Tender when it's going to be parked for more than 2-3 days and I'll put "fold self into thirds, cram under dash, pull fuses until draw is found" on my to do list.
  2. Hi, Sorry about the delay in answering. Thanks for the suggestions! @zenriddles I am leery of yanking a cable while the engine's running for fear of frying electronics. The battery terminals are clean (when checking the water levels 1-2 times a year, I clean it thoroughly and coat the terminals with CRC battery terminal protectant). @-chart- I checked for a bad ground by connecting a volt meter from the disconnect negative cable and the negative battery post. It was within 0.1 V of the reading from the + & - battery posts. I think I'm going to pull the wheel and spla
  3. Hi, I purchased a 2001 Mercury Sable with the 3.0 about eight years ago with just 11,000 miles on it. It now has 87,000 and I have an electrical issue. I first discovered it during the pandemic lockdown when the car had been not driven for two weeks. Battery was completely flat. Fully charging it with an intelligent battery charger seemed to fix the issue. I left it on a battery tender while I wasn't driving it. When I had another incident with charge too low to start the car, I tested for parasitic draws and the alternator's output. Since the draw is just 0.50A with key off an
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