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I Hate Parasites

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/10/17


I have a huge problem that could prevent me from getting my golden ticket. I have hate in my heart. I hate parasites. And something I hold dear has at least one parasite. And right now I have to spend what precious little money I make to feed that parasite or that thing I hold dear will die. How I hate parasites!

Why don’t I pay to get rid of the parasite(s)? I don’t have the money or proper time to do it. So, I have to pay to feed the blasted parasite(s). Oh, yes, I am totally heartless and inconsiderate in forcing my Camaro to suffer from the parasite(s) because I don’t have the time or money to deal with the problem.

Okay, the cat’s out of the bag. My car has at least one parasite. During the week, I can drive my car back and forth to work. But, since I’m a home-body, my car sits on the weekends. Monday afternoon comes and it’s time to head out to work to start the new work-week. And I have to get my car jump-started. Sometimes my windshield wipers quit working. I pull out the fuse and put it back in and the wipers start working again.

I took my car to Autozone for a free battery/elec sys check. The new battery is good. The voltage regulator is good. I am getting very strong amperage. So all the charging system works very well. That means there is at least one electric parasite that is drawing down the battery when the car is not running. And that means I need to take the car to a shop when I’m sleeping or at work and spend money I don’t have to chase down the problem. Or, I drive the car a couple times each weekend day to keep the battery charged, spending money (I don’t have) on gasoline.

I’ll have to take option two at this time.

Did I mention I hate parasites?

2 Responses to “I Hate Parasites”

  1. Dana said

    Have you checked the water level in the battery?

    Normally, a battery that loses charge for no particular reason has a cell going bad, or is low on water. There is one simple, no-cost way to test for this: once the battery is fully charged, and you know you won’t be using the car for the weekend, pop the hood and disconnect the battery. If you still lose charge, it’s the battery itself, not a power leakage in the automobile.

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  2. I think I may have narrowed down the parasite. This 4-day weekend will be a telling factor. While I’ll do a wee bit of driving on Thursday, I won’t be driving on Friday and I won’t be starting my car up until mid-day Saturday. And that will be the telling point.

    I believe there’s a fault somewhere that leads to my car radio. Before I left the car sit for a couple years, the radio didn’t draw when the car was off. And the times I needed it jumped, the radio was “on”. Of course, the radio shuts off a few minutes after I turn the car off, unless I open the door. Then the radio shuts off when the door opens. But it seems to still be drawing if it’s in the “on” position while shut off.

    Last weekend, I went 30 hours without starting the car and it started fine (but the radio was in the “off” position). This extended weekend, if the car starts up after a 40-hour break, I’ll know it has to do with the radio.

    Oh, off topic, my radio is set to 610AM, WTVN, talk-radio, and not some dumb music.

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