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Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:33 am

hi guys

can anyone steer me in the direction of a reputable auto electrician for my Prado 90?

Whenever i wanted to start the vehicle after standing in the garage for 2-3 days the battery would be flat and not crank over. I have had the system checked and nothing was picked up also the normal drain on the battery when standing is in the acceptable range.

So i replaced the battery and all seemed fine...until after standing for about 6 days while i was away the battery is dead again!

PLEASE HELP! i cannot stand to see my Prado suffer like this...and me.

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Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:39 pm

Connect to an intelligent charger when not in use...
Until you can find a good auto electrician...
My lux is basically a holiday vehicle and I keep the batteries charged with a Hawkins intelligent charger which keeps them in tip top shape...
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Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:21 pm

I've heard of guys having problems like this caused by faulty sat tracking units. If you got one installed, have it checked.

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Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:27 pm

Mr_B wrote:I've heard of guys having problems like this caused by faulty sat tracking units. If you got one installed, have it checked.
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Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:37 pm

IF you want to try and isolate the problem yourself.... here is an excellent method to find the culprit

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In the video it says finding a short but you can use the same method to determine which circuit draws too much power even though it might not be a short
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Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:14 pm

Bound to be a tracking unit, follow Cassie's advice. The Prado 90 battery stays good for weeks when not used and starts instantly.*


*Except once when I did not close the driver's door properly and the dome light made the battery flatter than a pancake - and this was one time I didn't bother using the Benton 'cos I figured it lasts long enough without the charger connected. Wrong! :oops:


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Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:34 am

+ 1....tracking unit
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Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:14 pm

thanks all for the valuable info :thumbup:

I'm first going to try isolate the parasitic draw myself as explained in the video (thanks CasKru), otherwise the sparkie will have to get things right for me.

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Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:41 am

Words of wisdom never fail this forum...thanks guys for the advice :thumbup:

So the tracker was successfully removed and im pleased to say that the Prado can now go 8 days sleeping in the garage and start without any issues :yahoo:

The date on the sticker over the battery of the tracker is 30/01/03!!! They dont make them like they used to!
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