tkdbrusco wrote:New FFE owner here. I've read a few posts about this topic and I think I have a pretty good understanding of how it works (or is supposed to) but I still think it is problematic. Here's my experience with the Value Charge and the issues I'm having.
I tried to set it to my low electrical rates M-F 11-7 and weekends all but 3-7PM. And it doesn't seem to work, it just starts right away and lists the start time on the screen as write away as well. I also find it really hard to save changes to the weekend settings. I can edit and save the weekdays, but not the weekend unless I do a master reset on the sync system. I'm not sure what's going on here. I think I have it working now, but the only way I could do it is by doing a master reset and then setting all of the times (weekdays and weekend) to the same thing. I just picked 1AM-7AM because I saw other posts that said it had issues with 12AM or confused weekends and weekdays.
I'm not new to EVs and I know I'm doing everything right. I set it to 240v instead of 120v. I even am aware that it may turn on at first anyways to warm up the battery a bit, which I think is silly, but still. I also noticed that after I did a master restart that the background of the screen was blue instead of black.
I suppose I can just leave it now that the restart and the preset times across all days set to 1-7AM seemed to fix it, I just feel like editing times shouldn't break the system.
Just to clarify with the Go times, if I set a Go time for 7AM but only need 3 hours to charge and my value charge window is 1-7AM, my assumption is that the car will start charging around 4AM?
Also, anyone update to Sync 2.3 yet? I saw that the website had an update available for it.
You must have a Sync 3 system.
On my FFE with MyFordTouch the value charge setup worked perfectly.
On my C-Max with Sync 3 it doesn't work at all. It worked for about a week when new, and then worked for another week a few months ago when I had my telematics module reflashed due to a recall.
It seems like somewhere in the Sync 3 system a module thinks the value charge/charge now setting is "global" and doesn't switch over when the car senses its in a value charge location. Lately its been a 50/50 chance that it would value charge--even when I had the charging screen up on Sync 3 and it shows that it shouldn't start charging until later...it still starts charging immediately.
My fallback has been to program the default times to what I want the value charge to be at, delete all charge locations and manually switch between value charge and charge now on the default setting. That seems to be the most reliable way to get it to work--and on the C-Max this is a pain because you have to go into the Sync 3 settings screen, swipe to the right and go into the charge settings screen to do that switch. On my FFE when you turned the car off the value charge/charge now switch was on the dash.
As for when the car starts to charge: It will always start charging at the beginning
of the value charge window--or earlier if it thinks it won't be fully charged by the start of the Go times.