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 Post subject: BA XR6 - Battery going flat randomly.
Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:59 pm 
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Done a quick search, couldn't find anything useful.

Issue is sometimes when the car is sitting over night the battery will be flat in morning.

Things I have done...

Boot light doesn't go (figure can't be that as I can't get it to go normally).
Alt is charging fine, multimeter proves this.
Battery is new.
All interior lights are off.

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 Post subject: Re: BA XR6 - Battery going flat randomly.
Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:30 pm 
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Hey dont wanna make you feel silly but is it the right battery with the correct CCA I have seen that cause this kind of issue before
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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:46 pm 
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Correct battery even stickered as proper ford part. It's not the battery :(

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:24 pm 
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Could be an ignition problem.
What gave you the idea it was battery if you dont mind me asking
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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:31 pm 
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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:33 pm 
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How old is the battery?

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA XR6 - Battery going flat randomly.
Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:37 pm 
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some batteries will say they have the correct volts with the meter but once you hit the key are almost dead flat instantly, ive had this happen, need to find out the date on the battery because anything over a couple years old it will probably be stuffed, altho some batteries have lasted up to 8 years in my dads cars :shock:

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA XR6 - Battery going flat randomly.
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:22 am 
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Main reason is it will start all day long even just with a jump. Can start it like 10 times without issue, it's only now and then (5 times this year) that it will be flat in the morning only. The smallest jump it will start so I don't think it's the starter?

 

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Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:44 am 
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These 2 things sound like my issue, being intermittent I'm reluctant to take to a auto sparky...

http://www.motorsm.com/complaints/updat ... p?aid=7248
http://www.justanswer.com/australia-car ... tched.html

 

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Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:04 pm 
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Hey there,

Do you know how to check for current draw using the multimeter. If not there will be three sockets on the front of the multimeter. You will need to plug the red lead into the plug that says 10amp fused, then switch the multimeter to 10amp DCvoltage (the symbol has a straight line up top and 3 dots under the line), disconnect the negative terminal off the battery and put 1 lead onto the battery and 1 onto the lead you removed from the battery.
The multimeter will give a reading and if its gererally above 200ma or 0.20 then you have a current draw problem. ( make sure all lights and doors are closed and ign off when doing this test. ) So after finding you have too much current draw start pulling fuses until the current draw drops on the meter and you have found the circuit that is causing the current draw. From there start asking questions as to what could be draining the battery.

Hope that helps.

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Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Cheers mate, will try that and advise.

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Hey there,

Do you know how to check for current draw using the multimeter. If not there will be three sockets on the front of the multimeter. You will need to plug the red lead into the plug that says 10amp fused, then switch the multimeter to 10amp DCvoltage (the symbol has a straight line up top and 3 dots under the line), disconnect the negative terminal off the battery and put 1 lead onto the battery and 1 onto the lead you removed from the battery.
The multimeter will give a reading and if its gererally above 200ma or 0.20 then you have a current draw problem. ( make sure all lights and doors are closed and ign off when doing this test. ) So after finding you have too much current draw start pulling fuses until the current draw drops on the meter and you have found the circuit that is causing the current draw. From there start asking questions as to what could be draining the battery.

Hope that helps.

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Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:25 am 
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Don't know if it's related to your problem, but I accidentally left my EF in Drive when I got home. The battery was dead flat next morning - only enough juice to unlock the doors from the remote once, then nothing. Never happened before or since, but I have never left it in gear before or since either. FWIW.

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA XR6 - Battery going flat randomly.
Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:38 am 
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Settled around 0.24

Fuse pulling i go...

kickn_it wrote:
Hey there,

Do you know how to check for current draw using the multimeter. If not there will be three sockets on the front of the multimeter. You will need to plug the red lead into the plug that says 10amp fused, then switch the multimeter to 10amp DCvoltage (the symbol has a straight line up top and 3 dots under the line), disconnect the negative terminal off the battery and put 1 lead onto the battery and 1 onto the lead you removed from the battery.
The multimeter will give a reading and if its gererally above 200ma or 0.20 then you have a current draw problem. ( make sure all lights and doors are closed and ign off when doing this test. ) So after finding you have too much current draw start pulling fuses until the current draw drops on the meter and you have found the circuit that is causing the current draw. From there start asking questions as to what could be draining the battery.

Hope that helps.

Cheers Joel

 

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 Post subject: Re: BA XR6 - Battery going flat randomly.
Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:47 pm 
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Have pulled the 'courtesy' fuse (no lights on I can find though) drops to around 0.40. Will see how we go from there.

 

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