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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:07 pm 
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Hi all.
As the title suggests, i need to trickly charge the Falcon (dead battery)
Apart from removing the caps on the battery, are there any other things i should know / do before i charge the beast??

Dont wanna fry my ECU or anything.....

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:09 pm 
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Any reason you need to leave it in the car?

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:13 pm 
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its not completley dead - dont wanna loose my fault codes.

went thru a real annoying time last time had to reset the codes....

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:15 pm 
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when ours is flat, we just link it upto the battery charger..and make sure noone gets into the car or anything....

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:16 pm 
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thats all i wanna do.
I just wanted to make sure its okay to do it to an EF???

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 6:50 pm 
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yer basicall remove the leads off the battery and hook up the charger!

as for fualt codes they should come back anyways...

or if you are real worried all u do is modify a ciggy plug to carry a 9 volt battery and plug that in. this shoudl put power through the ecu and keep fault/radio codes etc stored

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:07 pm 
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we just leave the cable connected...hasnt done any damage yet
**touch wood**

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:03 am 
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Good thinkin Disco Frank. You might need to put a diode in series with the 9V battery to Idiot proof it so you dont blow the 9V battery up when you re-connect the car battery. Have you tried 9V battery trick

You shouln't need to take the caps off the battery they are vented anyway
unless your battery is totally sealed.

Just make sure the battery is topped up with de-mineralised water before charging and put the caps back on.

If you are going to charge with the leads still on it probably wouln't be a bad idea to connect the negative charger lead to a good earth on the block.

You've got the right idea trickle charging a totally dead battery you need to bring them back from the afterlife gently.

good luck

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:53 am 
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stikky wrote:
Good thinkin Disco Frank. You might need to put a diode in series with the 9V battery to Idiot proof it so you dont blow the 9V battery up when you re-connect the car battery. Have you tried 9V battery trick


me nope saw it ona car show in WA called it a "code saver"
dunno how well it works yet to try it
every time i dc my battery it only 1 code i have to put in and thats radio and takes all of 2 secs!

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:25 am 
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You should be able to buy one over the counter at Repco or bursons or the like just plug it into the cig lighter socket

 

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