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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 23:33 Thread Starter
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Has anyone got a clue ?

Our Kontiki 615 recently suffered a dead vehicle battery as someone did not connect the solar panel and it was left unattended for 6+ weeks.....

I have recharged the battery and the vehicle starts OK. BUT....

On the display on the dashboard, where the servicing light comes on, we now have the word "BATT" which obviously indicates that there is, or has been, a problem with the battery (no surprise there &#129300.

I realise that a new battery may be needed, but the key word is may..... it also may not, of course...

Does anyone have any clue whether BATT is a warning of current (no pun intended) problems, or previous ones ?

Any ideas how to turn it off ?

As I said, the battery seems to hold a charge and starts OK so it must be capable of supplying a reasonable current.....

But, the manual says NOTHING about such things....

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It's likely the battery has been damaged and the indication is true. Personally I would fit a new battery anyway and assume thats as soon as you do the BATT indication will go.
New batteries are not that expensive and the big supermarkets in France do some good discounts Dave. I got 20% a €110 in Carrefour with 3 year warranty. It's cheap insurance imho.

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My Bessacarr 725 is essentially the same vehicle as yours.

Last Autumn my battery failed due to a bad cell and had to be replaced. Vehicle had been sitting outside the house on solar for some months.

I have never seen the battery warning you mention, when the battery failed, or when a replacement was fitted. Just the engine didn't turn over.

Solar is usually set up to charge the hab battery, with a Battery Master or similar to keep the van battery topped up too. If your solar was disconnected, is the hab battery down too?

If it is just the van battery, and the hab battery is OK, I'm wondering if maybe you have an earth affecting the van battery only, and that is what the warning light is telling you? If the battery died, what was draining it in that timescale?

Sorry, bit of a ramble, just putting my initial thoughts into words.
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Can you access a fault reader and plug it into the OBD socket? It may be possible to reset the alarm indicator with that.
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Can you access a fault reader and plug it into the OBD socket? It may be possible to reset the alarm indicator with that.
But would you want to reset the warning light and have the battery fail again soon after?
I can only reiterate Dave that totally flattening a battery will almost certainly damage it to the point of not holding a full charge again. €80 to €90 is peace of mind imho.

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The battery warning indicator is normally an icon rather than the "BATT" as you have described, and is a warning of an charging fault rather than a duff battery.

On our vehicle built into the dash computer we have a battery percentage indicator, personally I have never seen "BATT" on any vehicle.

To save spending out on a new battery have the old one checked out at your local garage or by using a Hydrometer, i.e. if your battery isn't sealed.
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But would you want to reset the warning light and have the battery fail again soon after?
I can only reiterate Dave that totally flattening a battery will almost certainly damage it to the point of not holding a full charge again. €80 to €90 is peace of mind imho.

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I quite agree. I would replace the battery too, and I'm sure Dave intends to.

That still leaves the fault indicator. I've checked my Fiat manual, and all it shows is the battery symbol, not BATT that he describes.

I figured that when he replaces the battery, if the fault indicator is reset, an actual fault would cause it to reappear.

Process of elimination.
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Found this on Fun;

https://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum...99/post-970253

So am off to try that now and yes, Ray I will be fitting a new battery as I suspect the old one will only die again, the solar panels on the roof don't work in summer due to the barn roof (they found in winter with a lower sun angle !). Sadly, we normally fit a supplementary one in the windscreen to catch the rays but MrsW overlooked it as she was in charge after my surgery.....

It happens and I will get it sorted eventually, I will report back....
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Update;

12.6 at rest, 14.34 with engine running and BATT has now vanished so I suspect it is a warning that there WAS a battery problem but not now.

Next task, trace and order a new battery for the vehicle. The leisure batteries are perfectly OK they were not flattened by standing.

Thanks to all for suggestions and advice.
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Good news Dave, all looks good.
If you have time before using the van in earnest then you can peruse the 'pubs' every week for the bargains they put out now and again. Few years ago I bought one with my loyalty 'points' in Casino. The Casino group are in big financial trouble right now with loans to the banks. Expect to see changes there.

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