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Odd 1995 Camry Parasitic Battery Drain Issue
1995 Camry 4 cyl, 2.2 liter:
I finally got into a battery drain problem on my 95 Camry. After about 3-4 days parked without starting, my known-good battery drops from 12.6 VDC to 10.5 VDC or less, and usually won't crank since it's weak. Battery was replaced. Alternator charges at battery and alternator output around 14.6 VDC. My VOM shows an amp drain of 27 milliamps in system, all switches confirmed off, doors closed, etc. When removing Fuse 5 (Dome, audio system, interior lights, trunk light) from engine compartment, drain drops to virtually zero. Disconnected radio and drain drops to 18 milliamps. I have also disconnected the alternator, and am waiting maybe 3-4 days for any big drops as before (day 2 battery voltage still holding at 12.6 VDC). Questions:
1. Is 27 milliamps a standard, expected drain (some YouTube car repair gurus say Yes, some No)?
And therefore, am I chasing an unrelated false issue?
2. Considering 2 different batteries test good, charge good, and apparently holding resting voltage
normally with the radio and alternator disconnected....can an alternator output 14.6 VDC to
the battery but in some way drain it at rest?
3. My radio sound functions operate properly, except the digital display has stopped working. Is this
4. No other fuse removals cause the amp-drain to zero out. Can the parasitic drain still be coming