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    Parasitic battery drain questions

    I am suddenly the proud owner of a 1987 TV 2wd. I couldn't be happier, except for the length of my to-do list. It has a parasitic drain on the battery, and when I find my multimeter I am going to test all the fuses first thing. Is there anything that is different about testing the fusible links that is not analogous to testing the fuses? I have never encountered a fusible link before and the Internet seems to offer conflicting advice on how to test 'em and what to do when they are found to be faulty.

    I don't really know how much testing I need to do, though. It's quite clear that something is electrically amiss in the ignition; the key-in-the-ignition buzzer won't go off even when the key is not inserted. Not really sure how to go about troubleshooting that. I am probably going to wind up installing a battery killswitch just to be on the safe side; hunting parasitic drain gremlins is satisfying once complete but sometimes it takes longer than I would like.

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    Re: Parasitic battery drain questions

    For the quickest answers, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the best ways to search TVT.

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