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Old 06-05-21, 02:53 PM   #1
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Found the reason for my constant dead battery

Well as I am suing my mates Merc B Class auto while he is in Spain (nice ride but Oh-So-FUGLY) the ZS has been a bit underused. Needless to say the reoccurring battery drain has been more noticeable due to inactivity.

So I decided to poke around - cleaned contacts everywhere, undid and cleaned/greased earth points, you name it... then I thought I'd have a poke around under the dash.

Well ****** me! It was an old insurance tracker doing it! This poxy black box (that gave my mate cheaper insurance when he first got the car) was happily trying to contact the satellites 24/7, even though the insurance had long since moved to another supplier. I whipped the (badly wired in) inline fuse, and hey presto no battery drain!

Also discovered they must have broke the coin tray fixings by yanking it out and snapping the pegs off - GRRRR - lucky I don't use it!

I'll soon be going back to the ZS full time - so expect a few posts about stuff that will invariably need doing! LOL
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Old 07-05-21, 06:30 AM   #2
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Thatís good news on the drain issue. Not so on the busted tray.
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I keep the derv battery topped up by charging it every 10 days or so if I haven't taken it out.

Guess who has a new eurocar parts battery sitting to go in, when I can get round to it.

The TF is the same and I put a new battery in that one.

Be interesting to see how long it takes to drain your one, now the box has been removed.

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I keep the derv battery topped up by charging it every 10 days or so if I haven't taken it out.

Guess who has a new eurocar parts battery sitting to go in, when I can get round to it.

The TF is the same and I put a new battery in that one.

Be interesting to see how long it takes to drain your one, now the box has been removed.

A week! LOL

To be fair I hadn't used the car much and it only had a quick run to charge it up so I will use him more now and keep my fingers crossed!
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what made the biggest difference was replacing the battery to starter motor lead and putting in a new starter motor in the derv.

It now spins over twice as fast as when I first bought it, so it must help the starting.

Good luck have to let us know how you get on.
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