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      08-20-2019, 09:12 AM   #1
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Signs of weak battery?

Hi guys,

About 6 months ago, I noticed that my car doesnít start properly after stopping at the red light with auto start stop. It will result in a drivetrain error which goes away after restarting the engine. (I manually switch off ASS most of the times as I didnít code it off)

Now the car doesnít switch off at the lights even without switching off ASS.

Sometimes I have long cranking, and usually accompanied with a stabilization error for the rear spoiler. This error also goes away almost immediately.

Signs of a weak battery? Itís almost 6 years and ~55k miles. I have JB4 for the past 30k miles, and no codes when scanning for error. Just changed my spark plugs as well.

Thanks in advance.
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      08-20-2019, 09:56 AM   #2
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I replaced the battery on my 2012 F30 335i last year at 77k miles. The only symptom I noticed was: ASS didn't stop the engine at the red lights. However, I didn't get any error messages on the screen.

After the new battery was installed, ASS worked fine again.
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      08-20-2019, 10:17 AM   #3
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Most places list expected battery life to be about 2-5yrs, living in a warm climate wont help extend its life. So it is probably safe to assume your battery is probably near the end of its life

https://blog.nationwide.com/extend-car-battery-life/
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      08-20-2019, 11:18 AM   #4
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Those are classic symptoms of a battery that needs replacing. Religious use of a battery maintainer might extend its life a year or two, but the handwriting is definitely on the wall.
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Thanks a lot. Should I change it ASAP or do you think I can wait till my next service in two months time? I read that there will be a error message for weak battery but have not seen it yet (fingers crossed)
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if it were me I'd get it done asap. you don't want to be stuck somewhere with a a car that wont start knowing exactly what is wrong!
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I'd change it asap. It could happen that the sunroof won't close at the worst possible time or something like that.
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And can we open the doors properly if the windows don’t drop to clear the seals with a dead battery?
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      08-25-2019, 09:48 PM   #9
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That's one of the reasons why I have the connector for my charger extending through my lower grille, wired to the charging posts. I don't have to open the hood to connect the charger, so I don't have to open the driver's door to open the hood.
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Battery Issues

My battery was having some issues when starting the car it would say itís losing power while off until it one day died. I jumped the car and got to the mechanic the battery scanner said itís healthy... maybe the eco drive helped charge it up.

mgbabe When it died the doors would open but then wouldn't shut right due to the windows, gift and curse of the frameless doors!
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Thanks everyone. Will try to change my battery and update if helps
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Don't forget to register the battery after changing it.

I don't see how people get batteries to last that long. I've never made it four years without replacing a battery. A coworker went 9 years on a battery before he traded it in. Not sure how he managed that.
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Finally changed my battery, and engine start is very consistent now.

The battery is huge!
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I don't see how people get batteries to last that long. I've never made it four years without replacing a battery. A coworker went 9 years on a battery before he traded it in. Not sure how he managed that.
Climate, driving habits, garaging, there are quite a few factors that influence battery life. If you want short battery life live where winters are cold, park outside and drive short distances.
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Hi guys,

About 6 months ago, I noticed that my car doesnít start properly after stopping at the red light with auto start stop. It will result in a drivetrain error which goes away after restarting the engine. (I manually switch off ASS most of the times as I didnít code it off)

Now the car doesnít switch off at the lights even without switching off ASS.

Sometimes I have long cranking, and usually accompanied with a stabilization error for the rear spoiler. This error also goes away almost immediately.

Signs of a weak battery? Itís almost 6 years and ~55k miles. I have JB4 for the past 30k miles, and no codes when scanning for error. Just changed my spark plugs as well.

Thanks in advance.

This has happened to my last GT a few timesÖI want to say each time it happened it was raining. Other signs of a weak battery could be your windows not rolling up all the way, and you can see the window sticks out when you close the door. Easy DIY replacement.
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You can also use an app to see the charge capacity on the battery (kind of like the iphone battery monitor). I have the Bimmercode app and it told me I was at 67% capacity. Replaced the battery and it now says 99% capacity (just posted my battery research if you live in Canada).

I was talking with a friend of mine who has an e60 and he suggested getting a battery charger (his reco was this one):

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/schumac.../6000199054568

I have not bought it yet, but he has claimed he has got 12 years out of a battery by maintaining it with this.

Anyone else have any experience using one of these?
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You can also use an app to see the charge capacity on the battery (kind of like the iphone battery monitor). I have the Bimmercode app and it told me I was at 67% capacity. Replaced the battery and it now says 99% capacity (just posted my battery research if you live in Canada).

I was talking with a friend of mine who has an e60 and he suggested getting a battery charger (his reco was this one):

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/schumacher-electric-sc1302-8-amp-12-volt-fully-automatic-rapid-charger-black/6000199054568

I have not bought it yet, but he has claimed he has got 12 years out of a battery by maintaining it with this.

Anyone else have any experience using one of these?

Hi could you tell a bit more about the battery health app. Like where is it available.. How to use etc.
TIA
Regards
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You can also use an app to see the charge capacity on the battery (kind of like the iphone battery monitor). I have the Bimmercode app and it told me I was at 67% capacity. Replaced the battery and it now says 99% capacity (just posted my battery research if you live in Canada).

I was talking with a friend of mine who has an e60 and he suggested getting a battery charger (his reco was this one):

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/schumacher-electric-sc1302-8-amp-12-volt-fully-automatic-rapid-charger-black/6000199054568

I have not bought it yet, but he has claimed he has got 12 years out of a battery by maintaining it with this.

Anyone else have any experience using one of these?

Hi could you tell a bit more about the battery health app. Like where is it available.. How to use etc.
TIA
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I use the Bimmerlink software on my phone (costs money to buy) paired with an OBD port connector (I have the OBDLinkCX). Gives you batter health, can reset service codes, and give you access to see a bunch of data about your car.
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