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Help please, I have kuga vignale 67 plate, and battery has gone flat 4 times, no lights left on, no radio on,I have noticed threads on here but they are a few years back, is there still a problem with Bluetooth? Garage has stated no issue with battery, alternator etc. I don’t know why it keeps draining if anybody has any suggestions on what to do I would be grateful. Thank you.
 

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What I would do at this point is a 'parasitic draw' test. This is a test to see which circuit(s) are drawing power after you have turned the car off. It's easy to do (despite many garages being unable) and requires nothing more than a multimeter.

Do you have a multimeter (or are willing to buy one)? Doesn't need to be expensive, a £15 one will do. I'm happy to talk you through the test if so.
 

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Hi @Ava V, welcome to the forum.

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Welcome to the forum @Ava V .

No issue with Bluetooth on later models as far as I am aware. It could be a parasitic drain but have seen this a few times now on cars as new as yours and younger and most of the time it's the battery, despite garages and AA etc saying it's ok. At coming up to 4 years old I wouldn't expect it to be lasting much longer.
 
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What I would do at this point is a 'parasitic draw' test. This is a test to see which circuit(s) are drawing power after you have turned the car off. It's easy to do (despite many garages being unable) and requires nothing more than a multimeter.

Do you have a multimeter (or are willing to buy one)? Doesn't need to be expensive, a £15 one will do. I'm happy to talk you through the test if so.
thank you, I will have a look for one.
 

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Welcome to the forum @Ava V .

No issue with Bluetooth on later models as far as I am aware. It could be a parasitic drain but have seen this a few times now on cars as new as yours and younger and most of the time it's the battery, despite garages and AA etc saying it's ok. At coming up to 4 years old I wouldn't expect it to be lasting much longer.
Thank you, yes RAC said no issue with battery, on 2 different occasions and another garage m, I didn’t know battery’s only lasted 4 years now.
 

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Thank you, yes RAC said no issue with battery, on 2 different occasions and another garage m, I didn’t know battery’s only lasted 4 years now.
We replaced the one on our Mokka last year at 4 years old. I am sceptical of the battery checks they do and prefer to do my own checks. You can do an easy check on the Bluetooth by unpairing your phone from both the car and the phone, lock the car and then see if you can connect to the the car. You need to ensure you press unpair or forget on your phone as it will remember it. If you can connect with the car locked then your Bluetooth is still active.

I doubt it will be that and my bet would be battery. When the RAC checked your car they should have also checked your alternator charge rate. It's should be standard practice. Mine reads about 14.4 volts but it can vary.

Has your car but stop/start and if so does it work ok.

Batteries can last more than 4 years but I know my own car had a new battery within its 3 year warranty period.
 

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Will do, thank you
Throw the build year of your Kuga in there too. "67 Plate" means nothing to someone like me who lives outside the UK.

Do you leave anything plugged in to the cigarette lighter power outlets? They're always powered and a common way people flatten their battery.
 

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Throw the build year of your Kuga in there too. "67 Plate" means nothing to someone like me who lives outside the UK.
Our registration system must seem quite complicated for anyone outside the UK and I did set out to explain but then thought I would confuse you even more.
 
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Our registration system must seem quite complicated for anyone outside the UK
Yep it makes absolutely no sense to me with those bizarre numbers defining the year model. Here it's simple - you state the build date of the vehicle!
 

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Thank you for all advice, the car went again yesterday morning, the RAC now came up with that the battery needed replacing, we have had it replaced and the car is different, it was clearly that all along, however stop/start will still not work- does anybody have any ideas regarding that please?
 

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Thank you for all advice, the car went again yesterday morning, the RAC now came up with that the battery needed replacing, we have had it replaced and the car is different, it was clearly that all along, however stop/start will still not work- does anybody have any ideas regarding that please?
Thanks for updating. 9 times out of 10 I would say a car that has a flat battery is down to a battery fault.

Whoever replaced your battery should have also reset your BMS (battery management system). You need to ask whoever replaced the battery if they reset the BMS. Who fitted it for you.

There is a set criteria for the stop start to work and on my 2015 car is very intermittent.
 

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it was clearly that all along, however stop/start will still not work- does anybody have any ideas regarding that please?
I recall reading that happened to someone else and resetting the BMS fixed it. So perhaps the RAC didn't do it?
 

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New Style Number Age Identifier

YEAR OF RELEASE1st MARCH to
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Dumb question time - why? What's the point in dividing the production year models and labeling them with with a different number?
This is a genius idea to sell more cars.
When I lived in the UK, I knew people who would buy a new car because their registration number or letter as it used to be was not the latest, so would buy a new car with the latest registration to impress their friends.
It used to be once a year on August 1st that the registration changed to the next years, then they changed it to every 6 months (to sell more vehicles)
 

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That's hilarious! Preying on the vanity of people to sell more vehicles. :D

@Ozekuga how'd you go with your transmission?
Yes they like the "envy me" factor.
Not had the trans done as yet.
My wife drives the Kuga so it only goes to friends houses and Marion shopping centre.
I needed to use it for a week for work, drove the car a lot harder than it normally gets and the trans has been fine ever since, so probably got the pressures higher and moved some matter out of a solenoid valve.
It will still get done but may wait until spring, then I don't mind laying under the car to drain and refill.
 
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My wife drives the Kuga so it only goes to friends houses and Marion shopping centre.
I needed to use it for a week for work, drove the car a lot harder than it normally gets and the trans has been fine ever since, so probably got the pressures higher and moved some matter out of a solenoid valve.
LOL I find the same with the Kizashi my wife usually drives. I drive it once in a blue moon and I always end up coming back and asking "How long has the car been doing xxxxxx ? "

(Which reminds me I should be out changing the engine and trans oil in it. :( )
 
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