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Old 02-10-2017, 06:10 AM   #1
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So I'm new to this forum, first post, I recently got a 2012 ford focus titanium and I was curious if any of you guys had any ideas on how to lower power consumption as my car came equipped with the Sony 10 speaker system that uses a lot of power so I was thinking about going LED on headlights but was wondering what else I should do...

battery is new but I keep getting a "low battery" alert after 10 to 20 minutes of listening to the radio.

Also I tried the whole turn car off and open/close door and just hit the power button on radio but it still cuts off after 10 to 20 minutes.

So any thoughts on how to save power for more radio time?


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Leave the motor on.
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Well obviously if I did then that wouldn't be a problem, but the issue is that I get off work at 5am and my fiancÚ gets off at 7am so I usually get to her job at around 6am to pick her up and around that time I'd like to listen to music without having to run the engine for the whole hour
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Possibly start the car every so often.
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You don't think the LED lights may lower power consumption since after you leave the car they stay on for maybe an entire minute?
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So I'm new to this forum, first post, I recently got a 2012 ford focus titanium and I was curious if any of you guys had any ideas on how to lower power consumption as my car came equipped with the Sony 10 speaker system that uses a lot of power so I was thinking about going LED on headlights but was wondering what else I should do...

battery is new but I keep getting a "low battery" alert after 10 to 20 minutes of listening to the radio.

Also I tried the whole turn car off and open/close door and just hit the power button on radio but it still cuts off after 10 to 20 minutes.

So any thoughts on how to save power for more radio time?
I never got a low battery alert in 4 years of driving my 2012. I did what you did many times over 20 minutes. Not once got an alert, you may have other issues.
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Hmm well then I guess its odd that my car is doing this then, maybe I should get the alternator checked
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Most likely the car was never reset for the new battery, so the system assumes the OLD battery with it's reduced capacity is still in place.

Earlier warning is given along with earlier shutoff of non-essentials for old batteries.

There are a few threads here discussing this and how to do the reset, beyond the original method of reset by Ford IDS computer tool at a Dealership.
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Most likely the car was never reset for the new battery, so the system assumes the OLD battery with it's reduced capacity is still in place.

Earlier warning is given along with earlier shutoff of non-essentials for old batteries.

There are a few threads here discussing this and how to do the reset, beyond the original method of reset by Ford IDS computer tool at a Dealership.
thanks for the info, now I wonder if there's a way to do it without an obd tool, I know you can hold the "ok" button and push start button (engine off, accessory mode on) and it will show "test" on the dash screen and you can thumb through the list and it tells me that my battery is at around 12 volts with the engine off, which I believe is about normal, also to reset the oil light you can hold both gas and brake pedal down for 10 seconds with engine off, so I'm sure there has to be a way with no tools
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Supposedly it can reset itself if you leave it most of a day untouched, haven't seen confirmation because few regularly have that option (I assume).

Aftermarket tools are the usual alternative, with the Forscan App topping the list it seems.
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