ASE A6 Electrical Electronics Practice Test

Multimeter amperage reading

31. A vehicle’s battery continues to discharge overnight. The vehicle was repaired, and a battery drain test was performed. The reading on the multimeter above indicates the parasitic drain. Which of the following is correct?

  • A. This is acceptable.
  • B. This indicates 35mA of current.
  • C. This indicates 35A of current.
  • D. Both A and B.
Multimeter amperage reading


Answer A is wrong. A battery parasitic drain test determines if a vehicle has an excessive continuous drain after the vehicle has been shut down.

Answer B is wrong. A parasitic drain up to 50mA is typically considered acceptable. Check the vehicle's specifications; some modern vehicles are even higher. This reading indicates 35mA of current.

Answer C is wrong. Amperage is a measurement of current. The reading indicates 35mA, which is much less current than 35A.

Answer D is correct. Both A and B are correct.

32. A vehicle has a starting problem. The battery has passed all testing and is in good condition. A starter current draw test is performed to check the starter circuit. All of the following are true EXCEPT:

  • A. An ammeter is used to test the current draw.
  • B. Do not crank the engine for more than 2 minutes.
  • C. The battery voltage should measure at least 12.6 volts.
  • D. Disable the fuel or ignition system.


Answer A is wrong. Use an ammeter to test starter current draw.

Answer B is correct. Don't crank the engine for more than 15 seconds, and allow the starter to cool for 2 minutes between cranks.

Answer C is wrong. Battery voltage should measure at least 12.6 Volts. Generally, at 70° a battery charged to 12.4 volts is ~ 75% charged, and one charged to 12.2 volts is ~ 50% charged. This test requires a fully charged battery.

Answer D is wrong. Disable the fuel or ignition system so the engine doesn't start.

33. The dome light in a vehicle flickers on and off with the switch in the ON position. The MOST likely cause of this problem is:

  • A. A short to ground between the power source and the dome light.
  • B. An open in the wire leading from the power source to the dome light.
  • C. A loose connection between the power source and the dome light.
  • D. A burned dome bulb.


Answer A is wrong. A short to ground will most likely result in a blown fuse and no illumination.

Answer B is wrong. An open in the circuit will result in no dome light.

Answer C is correct. Look for loose connections in the dome circuit, possibly the bulb socket. When there is an intermittent problem, look for a loose wire, plug, or ground connection resulting in this condition.

Answer D is wrong. A burned bulb would result in no illumination.

Voltage drop test

34. The passenger's window in the illustration above is inoperative. It is stuck in the up position. The driver's side window is good. Which of the following is MOST likely causing this condition?

  • A. A faulty relay.
  • B. An open circuit breaker.
  • C. A faulty motor.
  • D. A poor ground.


Answer A is wrong. There are no relays in this circuit.

Answer B is wrong. Many window motors have self-resetting circuit breakers. Circuit breakers protect the window circuit from high current.

Answer C is correct. It most likely has a bad window motor. This is common and the MOST likely cause.

Answer D is wrong. The circuit has a common ground that would affect both windows.

Voltage drop test

35. All of the following are true about the circuit in the diagram above EXCEPT.

  • A. It is a ground switched circuit.
  • B. It contains two relays.
  • C. The solid dots indicate a junction.
  • D. It is a positive pulse relay circuit.


Answer A is wrong. The circuit is ground switched.

Answer B is wrong. There are two relays.

Answer C is wrong. Solid dots indicate connected wires.

Answer D is correct. This is a ground switched or negative controlled "pulsed" relay circuit.