# Quick Answer: What is a normal car battery drain milliamps?

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A normal amount of parasitic draw for newer cars is between 50-milliamp to 85-milliamp current draw. A normal amount of parasitic draw for older cars is a reading less than 50-milliamp. Anything past these amounts indicates an electrical issue and should be addressed by a mechanic.

## How many amps does it take to drain a car battery?

Generally, a car battery pulls approximately 400 amps for small vehicles to start and more than 1000 amps for the large ones.

## What is the maximum amount of parasitic drain a vehicle should have?

Although the maximum rule of thumb recommended parasitic drain is around 30 mA (0.030 amps) a typical drain usually falls into the 7-12 mA range, even though some luxury vehicles do approach the maximum. Multiply the drain (in amps) by the time (in hours) the battery sits without being recharged.

## What is the maximum parasitic draw allowed?

Parasitic loads can run 20 to 120 milliamps. If there is an electrical short in the vehicle or a malfunctioning accessory it could draw more than its normal load causing a large drain on the battery.

## How much should a car battery drain overnight?

It shouldn’t lose any (measurable) voltage. You may get an ever so slight decrease if the temperature drops substantially. Otherwise, If it does, you either have a parasitic draw or a weak battery. If its a new battery with a good charging system 12.8 to 12.6 is what you should expect.

## How many amps are in a 12 volt car battery?

Even though most car batteries are only 6 or 12 volts, a 12-volt battery can produce as much as 600 amps.

## How do you read milliamps on a multimeter?

The current flows through the multimeter, which displays the current. Ensure that the current is in the range of mA expected and then lower the setting of your multimeter to the next-highest option – for a 0.05 A or 50 mA current, choose 200 mA – to get a precise reading in milliamps.

## How do I test my car battery for parasitic drain?

Pull the negative off the battery. Put the test light between the post and the ground wire. If the light illuminates, you have a draw. Use the fuse pull method to find the draw; when the light goes out, you found the draw.

## How do you check for a parasitic battery drain?

How To Diagnose the Battery Drain

1. Step 1: Remove Negative Battery Cable. Negative Cable Removed. …
2. Step 2: Check the Draw Across the Negative Cable and Battery Post. …
3. Step 3: Remove and Replace Fuses. …
4. Step 4: Isolate and Fix the Issue. …
5. Step 5: Replace Negative Battery Cable.

## Can a bad ground cause battery drain?

A bad ground might not cause a battery to drain, but it will prevent it from properly recharging.

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## What would cause a car battery to drain overnight?

This can be a result of various factors including the number one cause which is leaving headlights, glove box lights, or cabin lights on overnight. Parasitic drain can also be caused by defective fuses, bad wiring, and poor installation of a new car battery.

## What should my battery voltage be when off?

A good car battery should read 12.4-12.9 volts when the car is off. Anything lower doesn’t necessarily mean the battery is bad. Your car’s electrical system may have drained it, or there may be an issue with your alternator. Recharge the battery and test it again later to see if it’s holding a charge.