10-28-2015, 01:21 PM
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Newark, DE
What I Drive: 2014 Focus SE HB,Tux Blk Met.
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Originally Posted by Vanquished
I wanted to see if this problem is normal for the Focus under the given scenario.
So, I like to listen to music in the car (2012 Focus Titanium) while detailing it. I have the Sony 10 speaker sound system and after listening to the stereo (USB) at volume 9 or ten for about 20 minutes I got a message on the screen that says "Low Battery See Owner's Manual" I can't remember if I had accidentally left the fan on (i know it would make a difference) but on another instance I got the message after 40 minutes of music playing (went into battery saving mode once and I had to turn it back on) with no fan on.
I guess I can accept it if we just have a very weak low capacity battery but I used to listen to the stereo on my Mitsubishi Montero (same wattage stereo) with a 5 year old battery at the same or a little higher volume for a very long time (well over an hour) without it ever draining past being able to start or even a noticeable drain.
Just seems odd to me that a brand new car would be so inefficient or have such a bad battery. I know the stereo probably uses a lot of juice but...
I've had my 2014 Focus for 7 months and 6000 miles and often gives me the same message. I have the basic 6 spkr system and Sync. Sometimes I can detail my car w/o it powering down, but other time it can be anywhere from just a couple to 10-15 minutes. The dealer checked the charging system, says all is ok. I appreciate the "fail safe" system but it is annoying having to start my car every 5-10 minutes while detailing.
Nothing else is on but the radio when this happens. Even with the radio off and I'm sitting in my car in a parking lot reading while waiting to go into work, it will still shut off. I would have the key off but like to leave the phone hooked up to SYNC in case I get a call.