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    Hi There

    I got a problem with my Signum Exclusiv 1.9 CDTI Diesel, keeps draining the battery if I don't drive the car between 24 to 48 hours.

    I was told today by the Dealership were I bought the car from that the car does not have any problems and due to the fact that it has got a big engine I do not run enough miles to charge the battery.

    I drive an average of 21 miles a day.

    Just to let you guys know that this problem is ongoing since March last year.

    And this is what have done to try on solving the problem.

    March 2009: Car dropped at Vx Garage they found out a problem with the radio (and they wanted to charge me £931 for a new unit), after that I just decided to disconnect the radio unit from the car for a fews days - suprise the battery went flat again.

    April 2009: Car dropped at Vx Garage ,control unit replaced, the car had spent over 3 weeks at the garage.

    August 2009: Vx Garage replaced the alternator and replaced the battery, the car had spent 5 days at Vx. When the car was collected a jump start had to be conducted when a new batttery and alternator had just been fitted.

    October 2009: Vx Garage checked the alternator Vx said the alternator was working well. Vx Garage gave a good charge to the car battery and for a few weeks no more problems were encountered.


    Since then we have to use the car every day due to the fact that I just don't let the battery go flat again, I always make sure no lights or the radio are left on.


    I got a Parrot Device CK3200 LS - Color witch works properly and I have just done a double check with all the hiring with a Parrot Installer.

    Can anyone give me some ideias how to sort out this nightmare!

    I just do not think to be normal for a battery to get flat so easily, and it looks like they just try on guessing the solution to solve this problem.

    Thanks

    GC


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    Engine : 3.2 V6 & 2.8 V6 T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nink Nonk View Post


    I was told today by the Dealership were I bought the car from that the car does not have any problems and due to the fact that it has got a big engine I do not run enough miles to charge the battery.


    Ha, ha, ha!

    I have a 3.2 V6 and don't have that problem! Drive less than 21 miles a day too.

    I don't know much about electrics but guessing something with a constant live is flattening it, perhaps the alarm, hands free, radio?!

    Could a bad earth be causing the problem?

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    i got a 3.2v6 with 2 subs and amps etc..SAME VX BATTERY..i leave my bass on with car switched off for hours (if i wanted to) and the battery wouldnt die..i do somedays 5 miles in the whole day..but other days loads more.. so the size of the engine thing is rubbish..
    something wrong with your wiring sell the car buy a new one

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    Vec 3.2 - Another Northampton GSI owner!

    Have only ever seen one more in Northampton.

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    Solution is simple.

    Everytime you park the car up at home, remove the battery leads.

    If the battery lasts ages then something is placing a drain on the battery - thats the problem.

    How long does it actually take for the battery to drain? You posts suggests just a day or so - I cannot belive a garage are saying that a battery will self-dischage in just two days! (IIRC 1%-ish discharge rate per day)

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6VC View Post
    Ha, ha, ha!

    I have a 3.2 V6 and don't have that problem! Drive less than 21 miles a day too.

    I don't know much about electrics but guessing something with a constant live is flattening it, perhaps the alarm, hands free, radio?!

    Could a bad earth be causing the problem?
    As said check the earth, weird and wonderful things can happen with a dodgy earth. Never personally looked at the earthing on the Vec but surely not an expensive job to change anyway to rule it out.

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    I take it you lock the car when you leave it, rather than leaving it unlocked in a garage? As Tadpole was told by a Vx technician, when the car is locked it "goes to sleep" much sooner than if it's left unlocked.

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    Take it to an auto electrician and tell him your having a battery drain from somewhere, these guys know where to look.

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    My vectra 1.9cdti was left for 10 days (outside) over chrismas & new year
    & started 1st time,

    i usually do a 30 mile around trip every two to three days with no problem

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    You need to disconnect one of the battery terminals and put an amp meter in series with the terminal and the lead.
    The reading you should get will be in milliamps.If you say for example get a 1 amp drain then thats why your battery is going flat.
    If the current is high then go to the fuse box and remove each fuse in turn while checking the current reading.When the current drops down to milliamps again then you've found the offending circuit.You can then leave the fuse out if its not needed(ie radio etc) until an autoelectrician can fix it.

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