Pop the hood and close all doors with no key in. Wait 30 minutes at the bare minimum.
Loosen the negative cable on the battery-DO NOT REMOVE.
Set the meter to ma/A(this might vary between meters). And put the probes in the appropriate spots on the meter.
Now you can do this 2 ways.
1.If you meter has a clip as an option for leads, clip one to the ground wire for the body on the right of the battery.
2. If you have 2 pointy probes, take either, and using your thumb hold the lead on the side of the metal connector for the negative terminal (it helps to grab the wire with the rest of your hand.)
Wiggle the connector/cable about half way up the post on the battery.
With your other hand, hold the other lead on the side of the battery post.
Now just pull the connector all the way off and get the reading. (It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have one wire/lead on the negative cable and one on the battery terminal at all times).
Then just put the connector back on and take off your test leads.
You have me completely confused.
I got lost at "wiggle the connector/cable about half way up the post on the battery". Which connector cable? Negative?
And then hold the other lead on the POST of the NEGATIVE cable?? That sounds like a short-out to me. Sounds like you're saying, Move negative battery terminal halfway up, then put the negative lead in that terminal. Then take the positive lead and put it on the post of the negative post. Which would probably blow the meter's fuse, if not anything else.
Then pull the terminal all the way off? Why? It's halfway, why do half and then all the way?
And then put the connector back on and take the leads off?? All this with the negative post and terminal on the battery??
Just doesn't make sense to me.
Why move the terminal up and down like that?
What I would expect is that you put the negative lead to ground and then the positive lead to something else. And what is that something else and where is it located?
A friend of mine told me that there is a "special hole" in some cars to put that lead, then start pulling fuses until the current drain is not there.
None of what I'm hearing so far is making much sense. I've used a VOM before to check voltage, and such. And I know black (negative) goes to ground and red (positive) goes to something you're testing. I've done this for continuity testing as well.
Also, while the meter has thin leads, I do also have alligator clip wires just for testing things where the leads have to be somehow fastened. So I clip one end of the alligator clip wire to the lead and the other to whatever I wanted the lead attached to. Makes things LOTS easier!
Now if I can just figure out how the heck to test for the current drain...
Also, while under the hood, my friend (not the one that mentioned the other test) found that one of the battery terminals was loose so he tightened it up. We aren't sure if that was part of the problem or not though, yet.