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So Ive had my Transit 350 since December and already on 3rd battery and taking it back in this week and im sure they will say its another battery- How many brand new batteries can be faulty? So after 3 months the van basically wouldn't start and had to jump it- took it to dealer they said the battery was a dud and replaced it. A month later the same thing- dealer said the same thing and replaced it- so another month later and bingo- same problem- so I insisted they check the electrical system- something must be draining this thing and ruining the battery- they say they cant find anything and check for battery drain over a weekend I left it and said its the battery again- cmon now- something is obviously wrong here- and it just happened again today barely 3 weeks since the last one and Ill be taking it in again to have it replaced- But I need to know if anyone out there is experiencing anything like this at all?? or if I have one that's got bugs? So far they are still too new to find anyone really complaining of something similar so Im hoping for some enlightenment or help. Thank you all so much!
 

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Maybe get an Ultragauge or similar to see what the charging system is doing. Have you made any electrical additions?
 

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C.a. Rack

Have you called Ford Customer Service and told them of your problem? After the first time they send out a specialist to assist the dealer service department to try and solve the problem. In some cases, they send you to another Ford dealer to get a 'second opinion'.

If you have not done this, be sure to do it NOW! Their number is 800-392-3673. You can also check their website www.ford.com/help/contact/

After you call Ford Customer Service and tell them the dealer has replaced the battery more than once in this short period and not checked other problems, let the forum members know your answer(s) to solve your problem. I think the dealer may be using the warranty charges to their benefit.
 

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The only way I know of to damage a battery in a few weeks is to charge it at too high of a voltage. Basically the acid boils destroying the battery. Something draining the battery won't do it. It would take months to damage a battery by constantly draining it. You would know it immediately because you be constantly jumping the battery to start the van.
 

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C.A. Rack,

I just came across you post about the battery issue. I have two 2015 Transits, one a year old and one two months old. I've had some battery issues if we leave the side or rear doors open for a bit. I've been in touch with the dealer and they don't have any complaints yet. Did you get your issue resolved? If so would you share any information that you have.

Many Thanks,
Wiresmith
 

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Have had battery go dead 2 times in 3 weeks because of the cargo light being on have ordered lcd bulbs to replace them to see if that's what's causing the issue. One thing that's weird is when the battery started to drain to a low point the parking lights began blinking they did that until the battery was completely dead. Recharged it slowly with a charger and as soon as the battery got to 30% the blinking stopped and when it got to 71% the truck would start and recharge the battery on its own. Going to the ford dealer ship on Friday. They already new about the first problem and sent a repair crew to jump it off the first time. The second time was today . I hope this is not going to be a regular issue.
 

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Remember, your Transit is a rolling computer system. With ignition off, there are components still running. Ford puts their vehicles in a transit mode for transportation that takes a while so that the battery will not be dead at the destination. Dealers are supposed to "activate" the vehicle electrical system before delivery. It is recommended to run the vehicle every week to keep the battery up. I was so happy to get my T150 that I failed to run my 2012 Expedition and its battery went completly dead in two weeks due to lack of use.
 

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I've been leaving my rear doors open all day when working on my van and noticed the cargo lights stay on all day. Can't be good for the batteries, so I popped out the offending lights, disconnected one lead, and popped them back. No worries now.
 

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I disconnected each of the two rear lights and pulled the plug at the driver's side roof for the two front. Mine would go off after a while but opening any door would re-light them. Rears and side are always open for ventilation while training. Need access to the front every once in a while so lights were on a lot. I had a dead battery at remote training grounds many years ago so am vigilant now. I keep a flashlight handy in the Transit. Sprinter's lights were switched - a nice feature. Bought the wire and switch for the Transit but haven't got around to it yet.
 

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The cargo lights could stay on for 24 hours and it is highly unlikely there would even be a drain on the battery. They sip power and are as efficient as any light available. The lights in the front are another story, they're standard 12v bulbs and can crush your battery. When it's nice out I leave my slider ooen all day, up to 10 hours. The cargo lights go off after 30 minutes, but the back doors are opened and closed regularly which reactivates the timer. I haven't had any issues with the batery.
 

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The cargo lights could stay on for 24 hours and it is highly unlikely there would even be a drain on the battery. They sip power and are as efficient as any light available.
Only if you get the "LED cargo light" option. Can't remember right off how much extra it is, think it was in the $40-50 range.

if you don't have that option, you'll have two or three regular incandescents just like the front lights so about double the load on the battery.

Before ordering I checked SuperBrightLEDs and found I can buy LED replacement bulbs cheaper than the option cost so didn't get it. (I also wasn't sure whether Ford just puts LED bulbs in the standard holder or - as happens far too often with LED lighting - made some custom LED fixture that I can't easily relamp if needed.)
 

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I've same exact problem with dead batteries. Dual OEM 760cca under driver seat. Typically I travel three weeks a month with no problems. Then it sits for one week with all accessories off. three months running I come home to a dead set of batteries.
Dealer tested last week. Second set of batteries to be installed later this week.
 

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So Ive had my Transit 350 since December and already on 3rd battery and taking it back in this week and im sure they will say its another battery- How many brand new batteries can be faulty? So after 3 months the van basically wouldn't start and had to jump it- took it to dealer they said the battery was a dud and replaced it. A month later the same thing- dealer said the same thing and replaced it- so another month later and bingo- same problem- so I insisted they check the electrical system- something must be draining this thing and ruining the battery- they say they cant find anything and check for battery drain over a weekend I left it and said its the battery again- cmon now- something is obviously wrong here- and it just happened again today barely 3 weeks since the last one and Ill be taking it in again to have it replaced- But I need to know if anyone out there is experiencing anything like this at all?? or if I have one that's got bugs? So far they are still too new to find anyone really complaining of something similar so Im hoping for some enlightenment or help. Thank you all so much!
Hi, I have a 2014 custom and have been experiencing regular flat batteries. The AA couldn't find the problem and blamed my satnav and dash cam for the drain in power. I now disconnect everything when I get out of the van and today have had another flat battery.
This time I was told that there is a known problem with these vans and flat batteries. The main issue is that every time you open your van the computer fires up and is on for 20 mins. If like me you go back to your van to get stuff out (working on site), you are basically doomed!
There is no software update to rectify this problem yet.
 

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There is an issue with vans killing batteries. They should last days without a crank no problem. Cameras and gps devices won't kill a normal battery over a matter of hours.

You need to disconnect the positive cable and do a current draw test. Something is pulling a lot of amperage.
 

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Hi, I have a 2014 custom and have been experiencing regular flat batteries. The AA couldn't find the problem and blamed my satnav and dash cam for the drain in power. I now disconnect everything when I get out of the van and today have had another flat battery.
This time I was told that there is a known problem with these vans and flat batteries. The main issue is that every time you open your van the computer fires up and is on for 20 mins. If like me you go back to your van to get stuff out (working on site), you are basically doomed!
There is no software update to rectify this problem yet.

Malefunkshon,

Are the batteries the same in the Transit Connect custom as they are in the full size Transit 350?

Semper Fi
 

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I had my van in the garage for 3 weeks during my seat install, used the led cargo lights the whole time. My battery died but would not take a charge, it was reading 3 volts. I got a new battery and all is well. I don't forsee that much use of electricity without charging it again.
 

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I have a 2015 Transit Connect that is now in for the 3rd time for not starting.
1. Was doing shopping and normal driving. Came out of store anc it would not start. Ford service jumped battery an I drove it to Ford dealer. They replaced battery.
2. About 2 weeks later...same thing.
3. About 2 weeks later... same thing.
At no time did I have any indication that there was a problem/malfunction. All doors were shut and all lights were out at night. I use this as a passenger vechicle. I just called the dealer and was informed they keep getting a bad battery indication.
Personally I do not believe it is a battery problem. I checked the battery voltage before I started the vechicle the last time and I drove about 5 miles the the store and when I came out of the store it would not start.


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