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battery drain

Discussion in 'Meyer / Diamond Products Discussion' started by bradt, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. bradt

    bradt Junior Member
    from NW MN
    Messages: 23

    Has anyone had any issues with battery drain using an E-60 and the pistol grip controller. I have a STP-7.5 and am using two batteries with all proper wiring and connections. I have new batteries (<6 months), aftermarket 160A alternator, properly sized charge wire and I have no issues with 'brown-out' and I have plenty of light and power to the plow pump.

    Here's what happens:
    I can plow for any amount of time and after a nominal time of idling to recharge, I will park the vehicle in the shop, drop the plow and turn off the controller and leave it over night. By morning, the pickup will be dead.

    I plan on doing an extensive trouble shoot when I can, but, I am just wondering if anyone has experienced this to give me a head start, or a place to start.

    Thanks,
    -brad
     
  2. HeavyD

    HeavyD Member
    Messages: 56

    I don't have the pistol grip controller, but when I had my plow controller wired to power than was always on, the controller drained the battery down as it was putting power to the coil as well. I switched my wiring around to a power location that was only on when the vehicle key was turned on and that fixed my problem. It turned out though that my controller was bad and the down switch was sticking, therefore closing the circuit and draining the battery. Check you wiring..somethings draining the battery.
    Hope that helps a bit.
     
  3. bradt

    bradt Junior Member
    from NW MN
    Messages: 23

    Odd you mention down position. When I first noticed the problem, I figured out that it was maybe the position of the plow (heightwise) and I thought it was the down coil staying on, because I used to drop the plow and leave it in float and then turn the controller off. So, then, I began dropping it to the floor, not float then turning the controller off. It seemed to work, but, last night, it didn't. I know this is plow-related because the pickup (Chev 1500HD) doesn't go dead when the plow isn't attached.

    I will definitely look at where the power is sourced. Thanks for your help.

    Regards,

    brad
     
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Make sure the truck/plow lamp switch isn't wired to a constant hot as well as the light modules will drain the battery overnight if they're energized constantly.
     
  5. bradt

    bradt Junior Member
    from NW MN
    Messages: 23

    I figured out that the headlamp switch is wired to constant hot; if I leave the switch in pickup headlamps, it doesn't draw any current and batteries stay charged. But, if I leave it switched to plow headlamps, it draws power despite the plow headlamps going out when the pickup is turned off. This goes back to a crappy install at my local dealer and this is but another issue that has arisen due to his poor work which cost me over $1800 when I was originally quoted $450.

    Should this switch be sourced from a 12v source that is only hot with ignition? Or will it cause a problem if I continue to run it the way it is and just turn the switch back to pickup headlamps when I'm done?
    Thanks for all the help!
    -brad
     
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    It should be connected to a keyed ignition source only. Leaving it connected to a constant hot will lead to the same issue you're having.

    Wire it correctly and the problem should be resolved permanently.
     
  7. plowmaster25

    plowmaster25 Junior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 11

    Hello i may be able to help you in this area. First thing i would do is get a test light take off the neg battery cable. put your point or clip on the bbatter and the other on the cable. if your test light lights up then you have a battery drain. at that point what i have done is check all switches fuses etc. Good luck