How long are you guys able to run your car just on accessory mode when. I usually let my radio go when i am washing/detailing it. I maybe get 30-40 mins and then it shuts off.
That would be correct. I have IA w/ PB start, and you don't have to even mess with the on/off ignition button. Just press the on/off on the head unit just to the left of the volume knob. The unit turns on, but all other accessories remain off.So for those with the Smart Keys and the push start will this work for us too if we turn on the radio head manually without setting to accessory mode?
I did a copy/paste from another thread:Bringing this thread back to life again because I'm still having problems getting the media player to stay on when I'm outside the vehicle. Apparently I did something different on my experiment with the manual on/off on the dash when I tested it.
I was trying to listen to a ballgame on Sirius this weekend and the darn thing kept turning off every few minutes. I finally gave up and went inside to watch it on TV, missing a beautiful day outdoors.
Anyone come up with a way to get the radio or media player to stay on for longer than 30 minutes? Also, if it goes off after 30 minutes when you turn it back on from the head unit it only stays on for 10 minutes. Very frustrating.
Yep, that's my point. The "Battery Low" message comes on after 30 minutes in accessory mode no matter whether the battery is actually low, then it turns off your head unit. This is a "feature" that I don't like at all. I was hoping that perhaps there was a Sync command that would disable the battery saver feature and let you control it yourself, but apparently that's not the case.When I was trying to solve my MFT/finger drive problem, I was turning the key to accessory multiple times as I accessed the menus, plugged and unplugged the finger drive etc. After about 20 minutes to a half hour, I got a warning on the center dash display that my battery power was low, that's not actually what it read, but you get the idea. The car started normally, I drove around a couple of blocks and had no problem the next morning. My only conclusion is, the MFT system draws a lot of power to run the "computer", browse menus, change screens and such. I was a little surprised when I saw that warning.
Get your Battery Checked by a top notch battery retailer, They have equipment to check the Charge Level, The Cranking Amps etc etc.I noticed when I washed the car and left the radio on that after the set time expired I got a notice that "battery save mode" was activated and shut off the radio. No problem and I believe I read in the manual that this time limit can be changed to 10min, 30min, or 1hour ... but not disabled.
However I do have problems with a low battery and have jump started my car like 6 times. When this happens the car will not unlock with IA key and when you do get in using the blade key the message center displays "My Ford Key not inside car" and car will not start until I boost the battery.
Usually the car charges the battery fine and I have no further problems as long as I don't listen to the radio when the car is off. But if I do, I now will see another message when trying to listen to the radio for 30min with the car off and it displays " Low Battery please see owners manual" before the battery save mode even activates. When this happened I was able to start the car and drive home (10min drive) but after letting it sit for a few hours I went to leave and had a dead battery and needed a jump start.
I took it to the dealer for a battery and charging system complete check and they did not find any problems. I think if it keeps happening I can get them to replace my battery to see if that helps but not sure it will. Seems like a more heavy duty battery might be the best solution.
Has anyone else had this low battery problem fixed or addressed by the dealer or has anyone tried a aftermarket heavy duty battery installed?
Thanks, I was about to start a thread asking this but it seemed to fit here.