Renault Modus Constant battery drain

2005 Renault Modus Problem

Ref#7477
CarRenault Modus 1'6 auto
Year2005
Ownerdwj
Posted22/01/2011
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when Everything obvious (lights Radio doors shutGlove compartment light off etc)is switched off there is still a current drain of 0.75A which obviously completely drains the battery if the car is left for a few days. The battery is new and in good condition.
No fault indication lights are Lit.
Suggestions are that it might be the alternator or ECU??

Any ideas?

Dj
Problem Category
Engine, Cooling System & Drivetrain

Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights

Leaks & Noises, Interior and Bodywork


Solution 1
2145simon | Driver | Since: Apr 2010 | Posts: 2 | Fixes: 1029 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

could be the ecu not powering down,do you have any aftermarket things fitted like a phone kit or anything plugged into lighter sockets,if not then you need to start removing 1 fuse at a time and checking drain,this will enable you to pinpoint the circuit which is causing the drain,then you can look in detail at that particular circuit


Posted on Saturday 22nd of January 2011
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Solution 2
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11466 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

How to Find a Parasitic Battery Drain
By an eHow Contributor

When a vehicle battery won't maintain a charge, it's possible that you're dealing with a parasitic draw. Testing the battery is the only way to find out. To find a parasitic battery drain, use the process of elimination to narrow down the problem.
Difficulty: Challenging
Instructions
Things You'll Need:
Battery tester with 10-amp DC range
1
Charge your battery if necessary. Dead batteries (and even weak ones) don't give accurate results on a draw test. The dome light is a good indicator of battery strength. If the light is weak, pulsating or refuses to turn on, you'll need to charge the battery.

2
Shut off everything in the car. Pull the keys out of the ignition. Ensure all service lights are off, lighted compartments closed and doors shut. Open the hood, and disconnect the trouble light underneath if your vehicle has one. Wait for 30 minutes before moving on to Step 3. (This enables normal drain from interior components to finish cycling.)

3
Set your battery tester to 10 amps DC. Disconnect your positive battery connection (red cable) and position it safely away from metal components. Connect the meter's positive probe to the battery's positive post while simultaneously holding the negative probe in the air; keep it away from anything metal.

4
Place the negative probe on the end of the removed positive cable to complete the circuit. Yes, you're putting a negative on a positive. Yes, this is ok. If you have a severe drain, you're likely to pop a fuse or two-identifying your problem.

5
Check the meter reading. A normal reading is usually under .035 amps. If you have a minor drain that causes a higher reading, you'll need to check each component.

6
Remove the first fuse in the box, and check to see if the load problem is resolved. If not, replace the fuse and check the next one. Repeat the process with all fuses. If the fuses check out fine, you have a wiring problem.

7
Remove the tester and reconnect the battery. Follow the hot wire to the next connection. Remove the positive cable and connect the positive probe of the tester in its place. Connect the negative probe to a metal object. Check the meter. If the drain isn't resolved, reconnect as normal and follow the hot wire to the next connection. Repeat this step at each connection point until you narrow down the problem.





Posted on Saturday 22nd of January 2011
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Solution 3
golfman | Driver | Since: May 2011 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 1 | View Garage
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HI. I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE HAVING A LOOK AT THE FUSE RELAY UNIT IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT.(to the right of the battery) these cars are VERY prone to water ingress in the box.I had the same problem with battery draining overnight.Running on etc. not even diagnostic could find fault.when i switched engine off it kept running on.i could hear a slight hissing coming from fuse box, on taking it out.problem solved. It had loads of water inside. this was giving all kinds of falls signals to the ecu.and causing total battery drain. hope this helps


Posted on Monday 6th of June 2011
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