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I have a 2007 Ridgeline RTS and the battery is being drained overnight. At first I thought it was just a dead battery so I replaced it with a new one to have that one drained as well. I brought it to the dealer and they could not find a drain, the battery tested good. I cannot figure out what is draining the battery, there is nothing on, it currently has a 3.41 amp drain according to my ammeter.
Has anyone had an issue like this or know how to test to find the drain. I already did the pull one fuse at a time and see if the drain stops and that did nothing.
 

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here is some fun stuff... troubleshooting sure isnt as simple as it used to be!
Nice post Schwejo!!

Thanks for sharing!!!:act035:
 

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Thank you for that information. I ended up redoing the orginal test with a better ammeter and found that the draw is from my MG CLUTCH fuse. I cannot find a detail on what this fuse is for.
 

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My 2006 RT had similiar frustrating problem. Turned out to be some wiring problem inside the rear quarter panel. Gave my Honda dealer some up front incentive bonus and they got to the root of the problem.;act028:
 

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I just got it to stop drawing power. The relay for the air conditioner was stuck on which caused my fan not to work making the A/C purge. When I pulled the fuse and put it back it reset and now the fan turns back on. I rechecked everything after turning the A/C on and off. The draw is still gone so I'm happy. Hopefully it will continue to work, if not I know what the issue was.
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Sounds like a sorry-ass dealer if you found the culprit when they couldn't.

Good work by the way!

- Chip


I brought it to the dealer and they could not find a drain
 

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I have a 2007 Ridgeline RTS and the battery is being drained overnight. At first I thought it was just a dead battery so I replaced it with a new one to have that one drained as well. I brought it to the dealer and they could not find a drain, the battery tested good. I cannot figure out what is draining the battery, there is nothing on, it currently has a 3.41 amp drain according to my ammeter.
Has anyone had an issue like this or know how to test to find the drain. I already did the pull one fuse at a time and see if the drain stops and that did nothing.
I have the same problem! every night I disconnect the baterry, if I forget I have to jump it with my new $90.00 battery booster I bought from Walmart. This is a real pain in the butt, I think I found the problem I will let you know tomorrow. This has been going on for the last month.

Thanks Joe
 

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I have a 2007 Ridgeline RTS and the battery is being drained overnight. At first I thought it was just a dead battery so I replaced it with a new one to have that one drained as well. I brought it to the dealer and they could not find a drain, the battery tested good. I cannot figure out what is draining the battery, there is nothing on, it currently has a 3.41 amp drain according to my ammeter.
Has anyone had an issue like this or know how to test to find the drain. I already did the pull one fuse at a time and see if the drain stops and that did nothing.
I had the same problem, turned out to be the ac clutch was stuck, pull the clutch fuse out. wait 4 hours or over night and see if it will start.

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I just got it to stop drawing power. The relay for the air conditioner was stuck on which caused my fan not to work making the A/C purge. When I pulled the fuse and put it back it reset and now the fan turns back on. I rechecked everything after turning the A/C on and off. The draw is still gone so I'm happy. Hopefully it will continue to work, if not I know what the issue was.
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I had the same problem, thanks a million. No more dead battery,

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I just got it to stop drawing power. The relay for the air conditioner was stuck on which caused my fan not to work making the A/C purge. When I pulled the fuse and put it back it reset and now the fan turns back on. I rechecked everything after turning the A/C on and off. The draw is still gone so I'm happy. Hopefully it will continue to work, if not I know what the issue was.
:)
I had the same problem, It is now fixed, and saved me well over $500.00 thanks alot everyone. I pulled out the fuse for the ac clutch and that reset the relay.

Thanks again
Joe
 

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It sounds like the symptom is solved, but there's got to be more to the problem, since the power is supposed to be OFF when the keys go into your pocket.
 

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It sounds like the symptom is solved, but there's got to be more to the problem, since the power is supposed to be OFF when the keys go into your pocket.
Sticking relay. The relay isn't disconnecting power when the switch is turned off. Replace the relay.
 

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I think the AC relay is causing my problem also. I left the battery hooked up while I was at work after pulling the relay and when I went out at the end of the day my battery registered 12.5 volts. I will replace the relay. Before I knew about this issue I jumped it with my other car. While I was letting it run to charge the battery up I all of a sudden heard what sounded like a fire extingusher and there was a white cloud comig from the engine. I ran around and turned the the truck off. Waited about a minute and started it back up, it ran fine, then after about 1 minute or so it happened again, this time I tried to see where it was coming from and it was down by the AC. Now I do not have any AC? Is there some knd of release valve or is there some kind of leak. I bought a AC fill kit and don't want to waste the kit if it is a leak as opposed to some kid of pressure release valve. Any thoughts?
 

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Good timing bringing this back up, the truck has been having some mysterious power issues lately.
 

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......Good timing bringing this back up, the truck has been having some mysterious power issues lately.
'Mysterious' electrical problems on a Ridgeline often start with running the battery low, then boosting it in place.

Is that when you troubles started ?

What are your 'issues', exactly ?

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Well, I drained my battery several months ago after leaving the ignition on from something I was testing. I found it the next morning...d e a d. Radio code was gone. Tripmeter info was gone.

Had to jump it from my wife's Pilot. No issues. Yet.
 

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'Mysterious' electrical problems on a Ridgeline often start with running the battery low, then boosting it in place.

Is that when you troubles started ?

What are your 'issues', exactly ?

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Since you are so antsy to know, I have not had a Honda factory battery since January 2007 when I replaced it because it was faulty. I have been running a high output Diehard Gold since then. In late March or early April the truck one day decided to be completely dead on me, no reasons were found and the battery tested fine.

It stopped being a problem again until a few days ago when I went to go start her up under nominal conditions and she was dead in the water. I have had to jump it several times now and the battery is no longer holding a charge it seems. Time to replace again and do some more trouble shooting.
 

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Four years on a battery isn't bad, but not great.

At least it's not dead EVERY morning, like some of the relay problems.

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