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I have been self isolating past 6 weeks and my 1600cc powershift bmax has not been used .Tried to start it and zilch it will not start.I have had it on a battery charger and charged to 11.9v still will not turn over the engine just get a clicking noise.Any help would be appreciated.
 

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11.9 off load is whey too low, leave it charging for another 24hours, also since it has been that low, the gearbox may have to 're-learn' stuff, also the windows may not open properly, and other stuff may have got confused. (ie central locking, alarm, and even the radio)
 

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If a 24 hour trickle charge dorsn't work, I would guess that the battery is kaput, so a quick check of battery prices on the net is in order. Not sure who is still selling or delivering in the lockdown, but we bought a battery from Europarts for the Fiesta a few weeks back and they were competetive at the time and delivered by courier.
 

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Hi,


And I am another. went to give the engine a few minutes run (after a few weeks without serious running time), and two tries and it started the dread 'clicking'. Got Ford Assist to arrange help, as my garage is at the bottom of a 1 in 3; and the AA came started her and pronounced the battery capacity down to less than 50%. Bit the bullet, as I am supposed to stay indoors, said new battery, but fit a higher capacity if possible.

I've always thought the standard battery was a bit wimpy, so with lockdown going on significantly longer I decided to reduce the potential for problems. The wrench's advice was to run it for 30 minutes per week, and stuff the stay in rules.
I accept that I got stung for the price, but as I had some credit built up, I could not be botherd to chase a cheaper option.


C'est la vie! :sad:


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Hi Hywel,


It was the original so, it was about 5 years old.
I will test the various functions others have lost when I next run it, to see if any settings need sorting out.



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I'd be very aware of replacing the battery which may well be perfectly serviceable.
Batteries can last from a few months to many years. I've known batteries to last longer than the car, 15 years or so. Although that's the exception.
If you're not using the car, the battery will slowly loose it's charge and a trickle charge may well fix it.
You could go to the trouble a buying a new battery which could fail in a few months; you just never know.
And end up getting rid of a perfectly good battery.
 

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Hi Pegleg,


I agree that the whole battery thing is a lottery. In the old days when I was driving tarted-up wrecks, I used to get batteries from a local scrapyard who got them in for nothing as part of scrap cars and then flushed them and replaced the Sulphuric acid. They were then perfectly servicable for the use I was putting them to. Mind you, I also always parked at the top of a hill.




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I bought myself a battery charger, just to help keep it topped up due to using the car a lot less just now.
Cost £15 off e-bay & arrived this morning.Connected it up today about 11am and it has charged to max by 6pm.

In case anyone is interested -

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercury-...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
these are fine, except if the battery is really low, when they treat it as a 6v motorbike battery, and don't charge above that. could use an old dumb charger or use a 'jump start' to get to 12v, then these clever chargers should behave again.
 

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2016 2L automatic. Same problem, not driving enough now. Slightly different first occurrence. It started OK at home, but then failed to start to come back from the supermarket. I tried the key for only a couple of seconds each time. I cadged a jump-start, and perhaps held the key for longer, when it eventually started. I replaced the battery, the previous one did test to only 50% original capacity, so was about due anyway. Replacement is significantly beefier, 60Ah/620CCA. However, the failure to start on first key persists. Now I am holding the key longer, it waits many seconds, making some tentative noises, and eventually starts. I still have 6 months to run on the dealer's warranty, so have a little time to see whether this really needs attention before contacting the garage. I will try starting it up up more frequently (as suggested in this thread) to see whether that improves things. I have a digital scope, so I'll maybe attempt a start while monitoring battery voltage and current (voltage across the GND tail to the battery).

Is this a well-documented problem that will cure itself once we start driving daily again?

Is any damage being done and it has to be got to a garage ASAP?

What is the delay about? Is the EMU having to recalibrate sensors?

It it likely to start eventually each time, or will it refuse in some supermarket carpark and leave my food thawing while the roadside service arrives?
 

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Is this a well-documented problem that will cure itself once we start driving daily again?
I found when I changed the battery (1L ecoboost) that it needed a run of about 20 mins to re-learn many things. the auto gearbox will take more time to re-learn. and windows will need to the taught how far they can open. also if it were cold you would have problems with the heated screen
 
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