If the ammeter is operating properly, this needle position indicates power/current is coming from the battery to some load that is not switched—such as the breaker that feeds the power seats and/or windows. Disconnect the battery and observe the needle position. If the needle does not recenter, the ammeter must be mechanically damaged—perhaps by a dead short while the engine was off. Whether or not it does recenter, observe to see if you get a spark at the battery terminal when you reconnect it. That would indicate you have a short or accidentally-connected load—possibly in a power seat or power window circuit. You might see a tiny spark as the clock takes a little juice to rewind.
I would think the default or even fail position of the ammeter would be right in the middle, with no ability to move left or right to show charge or discharge. Sounds like a major mechanical fail for something to pull it all the way to one side.
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Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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