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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:06 am

I hooked up a battery MINDer and just plug it in at least once a week to top the battery off. If it dies I can just easily plug it in too.
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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:11 pm

UPDATE UPDATE! My 12volt died again!!!! AGAIN!? Why would the battery fail again this soon? It's only been 2 months! At around midnight last night, I went to my car to grab something, everything seemed to work fine. By today around 4, it was dead. I'm positive nothing was left on. I didn't even start the car.

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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:37 pm

Twice I had a similar problem. I've wondered whether I left a door open or for some reason the car didn't go to sleep as it's supposed to..

Now I check to make sure the interior lights have gone off as they should, haven't seen the problem since. But this is just a guess
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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:53 pm

michael wrote:Twice I had a similar problem. I've wondered whether I left a door open or for some reason the car didn't go to sleep as it's supposed to..

Now I check to make sure the interior lights have gone off as they should, haven't seen the problem since. But this is just a guess
That's what I did too last night. I just had a feeling, so I watched it after locking the doors to see if all the lights went off. And they did. The Roadside Assistance is giving me a hell of a time. He doesn't know what to do. He doesn't believe me about the car going into neutral because it's all electric. I told him last time this happened, they jumped the car, and then put it in neutral before taking it to the dealership.

I'm going to not take it to the dealership this time, and just have him jump the battery, to see if that's all I need. I was supposed to be at work at 4. So I'd rather not miss my whole shift.

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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:00 pm

In my case the fix was to have the car plugged into the charger, then attached charger to 12 V battery (jump would be equivalent). It immediately woke up and was normal thereafter.

Sorry, no better clues.
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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:43 am

I just had the same problem this morning... dead 2015 Focus with zero power. I didn't have time to plug it in to see if that wakes it up, just climbed into the gas car to get myself to work. I had fully charged two days ago at a Charge Point pedestal, drove it a bit that evening but still had about 60miles range left that night. I didn't drive it at all yesterday.

Will the J1772 power connection change the 12v battery too or is the 12v battery part of the driven regeneration process?
Do you think the J1772 power will wake it up?
Is there a screen or part of the display where I can monitor the 12v battery status?

I did read in this post that it might take a "jump start" from another car... I haven't read that section in the manual yet, but expect there are instructions on how to do this in it? Yes, I have the mechanical key and can get to the manual. :)

Thanks!

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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:43 pm

billfj4045 wrote:Will the J1772 power connection change the 12v battery too or is the 12v battery part of the driven regeneration process?
Do you think the J1772 power will wake it up?
Is there a screen or part of the display where I can monitor the 12v battery status?
  • The 12V battery can be charged directly by the SOBDMC when connected to an EVSE or while the car is in "ready to drive" mode by the DCDC converter
  • If the car is completely dead, plugging in your EVSE will not wake it up, it will need to be jump started, conversely a 12V battery charger can be used to bring the 12V battery back to life, be sure to read the instructions in the OM about where to connect the cables in either case
  • No, many owners have bought a voltmeter that plugs into the power outlet to monitor their 12V health, I check mine via FORScan to read what the car's BCM reports for 12V SOC
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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:30 pm

I recommend buying a good external 12v battery charger to keep in your garage for emergencies, also a portable 12v battery jump starter unit.
I got a good model 12v auto battery charger at Sears and use it every couple weeks to be sure the FFE's small 12v battery is fully charged - it tends to lose charge if not driven often enough.
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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:26 pm

Well, she's rolling again. Needed to hook jumper cables to the 12v battery from the gas car (didn't even need to crank it over). All the lights came on as soon as I made the last connection. I hit the start button and was ready to drive. Drove it around the neighborhood as if it was a gas car with an alternator. :D Fingers crossed she'll be alive in the AM. Yes, I'll start looking around for one of the portable jumpstart devices and leave it in the trunk and a 12v meter I can plug into the 12v accessory jack.

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Re: HELP! EMERGENCY!

Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:17 pm

billfj4045 wrote:I'll start looking around for one of the portable jumpstart devices and leave it in the trunk and a 12v meter I can plug into the 12v accessory jack.
I got a really small 12v lithium-ion rechargeable auto jump unit that can also be used as a USB power source - fits in the glovebox!

Here is the plug in 12v meter I got at amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Zeltauto-Cigarett ... VYG6HZ8DFX

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