Is this a potential electrical problem?

Is this a potential electrical problem?

This is a discussion on Is this a potential electrical problem? within the Evoque Maintenance forums, part of the Land Rover Evoque Garage category; I've had my car for a couple weeks. New 2013. As is usual with a CANBUS system, if you try to run radio or CD ...

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    Is this a potential electrical problem?

    I've had my car for a couple weeks. New 2013. As is usual with a CANBUS system, if you try to run radio or CD player etc., it will soon shut down to avoid battery drain. The first time this happened I got the 10 minute warning. Now I am getting a 3 minute (low battery) warning the instant I turn on the ignition (w/o) starting. However, thus far the car still starts and runs fine. Read on a UK forum that the 3 minute warning may not be good and could indicated bad alternator or a software issue. Anyone shed light on this for me? Thanks

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    The "Low Battery Warning" has been a persistent issue with my vehicle. However I have owned the Evoque for nearly a year and it always starts right up and never misses a beat. During my last visit to the dealership they updated the software for the Battery Condition Module and so far no more message. Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorheadjeff View Post
    The "Low Battery Warning" has been a persistent issue with my vehicle. However I have owned the Evoque for nearly a year and it always starts right up and never misses a beat. During my last visit to the dealership they updated the software for the Battery Condition Module and so far no more message. Hope this helps.
    Thanks MotorH. But were you getting the 10 minute warning or the 3 minute? Thanks

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    Scrannel I was getting the 3 minute warning. The SA said the software update increased the parameters for when the smart alternator will charge the system. For reference, my vehicle was produced in January 2012. Good luck. MHJ
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    I took delivery of our Evoque about 2 weeks ago. While I was on my way to the dealer the salesguy called to say that they were checking over the car, and it needed a new battery. Our car had 5900 miles on it, and is a 2012. Seems way too early to me to have a bad battery. It might have been just a faulty battery from the start, and it really did need replacing, or it might have been the "low battery warning". I'll ask the dealer, but I doubt I'll get the real deal......

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    I called my dealer to tell him about the 3 minute and he just wants to put in a new battery. He said a software update may change the warning but it won't fix the battery. Notice on my build sheet my car (2013) is built "LESS FUEL ECONOMY PACKAGES". Does this refer to the "smart" alternator?

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    I think all Evoques have Smart Alternators. Has the dealer tested the battery? IMO if the battery tests good then the software should be updated.
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    It already has the update, which is (probably) why he thinks the battery is crap.

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    I learned something new today... My wife stopped at the post office to check the mail and when she came out the car wouldn't start and we got the 3 minute warning. When LR roadside assistance came out, they told us when you turn off an Evoque there are 25 electronic processes going on that enter standby mode until you lock the door. If you don't lock your doors, those standby processes will continue to drain your battery. We live on a small military base in England and don't feel it necessary to lock the doors everytime we park. But now I know it's draining my battery when I don't.

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    Is this a potential electrical problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danielpj12 View Post
    I learned something new today... My wife stopped at the post office to check the mail and when she came out the car wouldn't start and we got the 3 minute warning. When LR roadside assistance came out, they told us when you turn off an Evoque there are 25 electronic processes going on that enter standby mode until you lock the door. If you don't lock your doors, those standby processes will continue to drain your battery. We live on a small military base in England and don't feel it necessary to lock the doors everytime we park. But now I know it's draining my battery when I don't.
    That's strange, I park my car in my garage every night and never lock the doors. Just pull in, park, get out, shut the door and walk inside. Been doing that for 6 plus months. Never had an electrical/battery issue. I did read in a post once that if your keys are near the car overnight you could lose battery power because the car is constantly communicating with the key. Will need to check my battery when I get the flash recall done, but haven't noticed any issues. IMO the locking story is just an excuse from Landy.

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