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Car Battery Ford fiesta

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I have a 2010 1.6 TDCI Fiesta and think the battery is not holding a charge, jump started it the other day with a Black and Decker jump start kit then charged to 100% later on with a 20 amp charger. W… Read More
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
I have a 2010 1.6 TDCI Fiesta and think the battery is not holding a charge, jump started it the other day with a Black and Decker jump start kit then charged to 100% later on with a 20 amp charger. Went to start today and battery was flat, wouldn't start with the jump starter or unig the 90 second quick charge feature on the charger, uses direct wall current.

Left on charge for a couple of hours and starts OK but after the issue the other day and today I think that it the battery might have a problem holding a charge and will need replacing. The battery in there is the Ford original and over six years old so can't complain.

Choice wise, Halfrauds have one for £112ish but Eurocarparts have a few different ones including a few high drainage ones incase I leave the dash cams plugged in.

http://www.eurocarparts.com/car-battery (enter car reg EN10 CJF)

Anybody had experience of Duracell as a car battery?

As always Eurocarparts have offers on with 99.9999999% discount, any advice would be greatly received.
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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barneyonion
Yep stick a voltmeter across it with the engine running. If the voltage doesnt increase to around 14v then ur alternator could be the problem.

Ford use some sort of smart charging system, The alternator won't give out 14v continuously, It constantly monitors the battery charge level so it could prove inconclusive.

Also the 12v socket should turn off after about 30 minutes unless the cars been configured differently.

Edited By: shauneco on Dec 27, 2016 19:20

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#1
you should be able to get our end from euro parts or costco for around £45 don't pay halfrauds prices .
it's only a 1.6 so doesn't need a huge battery unless you have amps etc built in
#2
Just get the Lion one from Euro's and keep the receipt, ive had one before and its been fine (4+ years old right now, and has been left flat before). I'd go on warranty rather brand name when I'm choosing batteries.
#3
just double check your alternator before u shell out for a new battery
#4
Worth checking that the charging voltage is good as an indicator of alternator problems or possible belt slippage at that point.
#5
WELL, I have a small battery tester and the Alternator shows as good when the engine is running. The battery charger is this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Decker-BDSBC20A-Battery-Charger/dp/B001TUYTM0 and it has a built in alternator tester which shows fine. I really like the battery charger and it is a beast.

However I do charge the battery quite often (once a week or two weeks) and think that might have caused problems. How would I check charging voltage or belt slipage?
#6
Yep stick a voltmeter across it with the engine running. If the voltage doesnt increase to around 14v then ur alternator could be the problem.
#7
The Bosch S4 or Exide Premium both have more CCA's than the Duracell. Duracell don't make car batteries they just allow them to use their name.

Just go for the cheapest of the two, Which would be the Bosch S4.

I've got the S4 in my S Max.
#8
Also if the battery has little screw caps over the cells then open the caps up and check the level of acid in there. If the cells are dry u can add distilled water up to the correct level. Why have you been charging the battery so much? A 20amp charger is quite a strong current to charge with for a small car battery.
#9
try ebay same batteries as eurocarparts will be most likely cheaper than eurocarparts website may even be sold by them I got a Bosch off ebay and was a around a 10 cheaper even after the discounts funnily enough it was sent by ecp London. look at the code and measurements higher cca helps in colder weather if it's not to much more get one with a bit more power.
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barneyonion
Also if the battery has little screw caps over the cells then open the caps up and check the level of acid in there. If the cells are dry u can add distilled water up to the correct level. Why have you been charging the battery so much? A 20amp charger is quite a strong current to charge with for a small car battery.


On Ford's the 12v socket is always powered on, if I park and leave the Mobius cameras plugged in they keep running, I always just stuck it on charge in case I was at work and it wouldn't start.

Eurocarparts with the XMAS code works out about £79 for the S4 battery (with BAT25 code it comes to £88ish)

This is the one at Halfords, comes with a 5 year warranty but its HALFRAUDS!

http://www.halfords.com/motoring/bulbs-blades-batteries/car-batteries/yuasa-12v-silver-car-battery-hsb010-5-yr-guarantee
#11
You should switch the lights on while testing the battery and see if it's charging.
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Graham1979
barneyonion
Also if the battery has little screw caps over the cells then open the caps up and check the level of acid in there. If the cells are dry u can add distilled water up to the correct level. Why have you been charging the battery so much? A 20amp charger is quite a strong current to charge with for a small car battery.
On Ford's the 12v socket is always powered on, if I park and leave the Mobius cameras plugged in they keep running, I always just stuck it on charge in case I was at work and it wouldn't start.
Eurocarparts with the XMAS code works out about £79 for the S4 battery (with BAT25 code it comes to £88ish)
This is the one at Halfords, comes with a 5 year warranty but its HALFRAUDS!http://www.halfords.com/motoring/bulbs-blades-batteries/car-batteries/yuasa-12v-silver-car-battery-hsb010-5-yr-guarantee

You should get someone to wire it into the auxillary circuit on your car to stop it running when the car is parked. Or if you want to keep the camera running 24/7 then you should install a device that shuts the camera off once the battery voltage drops to a certain level which would protect your battery from the constant drain.
#13
barneyonion
Yep stick a voltmeter across it with the engine running. If the voltage doesnt increase to around 14v then ur alternator could be the problem.

Ford use some sort of smart charging system, The alternator won't give out 14v continuously, It constantly monitors the battery charge level so it could prove inconclusive.

Also the 12v socket should turn off after about 30 minutes unless the cars been configured differently.

Edited By: shauneco on Dec 27, 2016 19:20
#14
barneyonion
Also if the battery has little screw caps over the cells then open the caps up and check the level of acid in there. If the cells are dry u can add distilled water up to the correct level. Why have you been charging the battery so much? A 20amp charger is quite a strong current to charge with for a small car battery.

Should only use Silver Calcium batteries for Ford because the Smart charging. Lead acid batteries won't last long as they won't charge correctly.
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shauneco
barneyonion
Also if the battery has little screw caps over the cells then open the caps up and check the level of acid in there. If the cells are dry u can add distilled water up to the correct level. Why have you been charging the battery so much? A 20amp charger is quite a strong current to charge with for a small car battery.
Should only use Silver Calcium batteries for Ford because the Smart charging. Lead acid batteries won't last long as they won't charge correctly.

Dude the original Ford one says silver in it. Do you still suggest the s4 one? If so ill get that one.
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Graham1979
shauneco
barneyonion
Also if the battery has little screw caps over the cells then open the caps up and check the level of acid in there. If the cells are dry u can add distilled water up to the correct level. Why have you been charging the battery so much? A 20amp charger is quite a strong current to charge with for a small car battery.
Should only use Silver Calcium batteries for Ford because the Smart charging. Lead acid batteries won't last long as they won't charge correctly.
Dude the original Ford one says silver in it. Do you still suggest the s4 one? If so ill get that one.
Yes, The S4 is Silver Calcium :), It's the one I have in mine.
#17
THANKS TO YOU ALL!
#18
Buy a Bosch - the bigger the CCA the better for a diesel; the Duracells are over priced rubbish.

I am betting the original Ford battery was a "Calcium Tech" battery, like so many these days; they are great until you let them run flat - then they wont hold a charge properly; I got through about 6 in 10 years before figuring it out.

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