# What is an acceptable parasitic draw for a car battery?

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## 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.

## How many amps should a car draw while off?

The acceptable current draw should be around 0.03Amps. If that can’t be achieved upto 0.075-0.1 can be acceptable if the vehicle is driven most days.

## How much battery draw is acceptable?

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 milliamps will drain a car battery?

Most vehicles draw some battery current when the key is off, thanks to the clock and the internal memory of engine computers, body-control modules, and radio presets. Altogether, they draw a very small amount of current. Fifty milliamps would be a safe upper limit for this, though many vehicles will draw less.

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## 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.

## What would drain a car battery when car is off?

Even while your car is off, your battery provides power to things like the clock, the radio, and the alarm system. These things shouldn’t have a major impact on your battery. What may drain a car battery when it’s off are things such as interior lights, door lights, or even bad relays.

## How much should car battery voltage drop overnight?

If you measure the voltage immediately after the end of a drive, it should be more like 13.2, and drop to 12.7 within a few minutes as the chemical reactions in the battery slow down and stop when you stop charging it.