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Rave's Motors - 14/9/18 Ford Smart Charge battery bollocks

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#181 OFFLINE   sierraman

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:25 AM

Any suitable battery will be fine.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:20 PM

Any suitable battery will be fine.

 

Any unsuitable battery will not be fine.


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#183 OFFLINE   sierraman

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:31 PM

I’ve run various Fords with the smart charge bollocks on with various batteries with no problems.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:22 PM

stick a voltmeter across to check if the alt is working, the smart charge systems or the wiring to them seems to fail more offten then the battery or alt.

 

iirc if you disconnect the smart charge unit, start and hold the car about a certain rpm (2k i think) FOR 30 seconds

it returns it to a normal alternator system. 

 

you may want to do a bit off googling to check this tho.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:59 PM

I run a smaller than recommended non calcium battery in my Ford Focus , 063 fitted in place of a  075 , and it works fine  , same happened to me the 075 went flat on me at work over its 3 day park up which I suspect was down to the boot light staying on  , so I slung in the new 063 from the Vauxshite I scrapped , which leaves me with a spare 063 and a 075 ..

 

the smart charge can be seen to be working on a dashboard voltmeter ..

 

I now have a set of jump leads ...........


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:24 PM

stick a voltmeter across to check if the alt is working, the smart charge systems or the wiring to them seems to fail more offten then the battery or alt.

 

iirc if you disconnect the smart charge unit, start and hold the car about a certain rpm (2k i think) FOR 30 seconds

it returns it to a normal alternator system. 

 

you may want to do a bit off googling to check this tho.

 

Cheers, the alternator's good though, I stuck a new regulator on it about two years ago when the old one died, and only done a few thousand miles since. This FTP was definitely due to the old battery being brown bread, I've had the voltmeter and drop tester on it and it's done for.

 

So TBH the only real point of my post other than to waffle on, which obviously I enjoy, was to see if a cheapo Lucas "Premium 3" is really a proper calcium battery, as it seems unlikely that I would have been sensible enough to acquire anything decent 10 years ago, though it cost about £70 IIRC, so it is possible.






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