my new 2003, S55 won't hold a battery charge - Page 4 - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Feb 2004
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
RE: my new 2003, S55 won't hold a battery charge

Thank you so very much for posting. Yes, Park Place is a well-respected dealer and not too far from us. We purchased our car in Houston and that is quite a drive from East Texas. This forum and now you have helped both me and my husband from getting completely frustrated about our car. The day we got it back home we left for a three weeks in Mexico (weather is beautiful). If our car doesn't start after three weeks when we get home, we will jump start it and give it a good chance to start each time that we would drive it on a regular day at home. Thanks again for writing.
joeardis is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #32 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-19-2004, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Feb 2004
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
RE: my new 2003, S55 won't hold a battery charge

[:)] Hello, I am the owner of this mercedes and the day after I got it back home from Park Place Motors in Dallas, I left it in the garage for 3 weeks and 2 days. It was not started during this time. First thing I did when I got home from Mexico was to see if my car would start and IT DID. That was a good test and I was so glad and I wrote Park Place and told them what a good job they did on my car. Again I thank the posters on this column for encouragement during a time when I wanted to give up. Thanks again.
joeardis is offline  
post #33 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 03:10 AM
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2004
Posts: 61
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
RE: my new 2003, S55 won't hold a battery charge

Glad to hear it's fixed [:)]
whereagles is offline  
post #34 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-14-2007, 01:55 AM
BenzWorld Newbie
 
Date registered: Feb 2007
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i am having a battery drain problem. do you know what the dealer fixed in your car that corrected the battery drain problem?
jaan26 is offline  
post #35 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 12:30 PM
BenzWorld Veteran
 
ifari's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: W215-CL500, W208-CLK320, W140-300SE
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 629
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Recently bought a 2000 CL500 after researching on the boards here.
Excellent resource and they definitely aided in raising my confidence to purchase such a fine vehicle.
I haven't had it long and was told by the previous owner that it may need a battery, so I was prepared to buy one sooner than later. So a mth ago the battery was drained and I took it to the dealer for a new battery.

FastForward to a week ago...

After encountering the same problem of not having power a month after buying the new battery and having had the charging system checked by the dealer, my battery was drained again.
Took it dealer for another check and was told it needed an alternator.

WTF???... I said 'it was checked a mth ago'.

'Sorry, no good now' they said. 'It has a constant 90 ma draw'.

-- Here it gets interesting--

The 'stealer' missed my money--WHY... because he charged me an hour labour for his BS system check when the battery drained a 2nd time--this after charging me only 1/2 hr. labour to install the battery AND check the system when I bought the new battery a mth earlier.

(They wanted to get my car in ASAP....I wonder why...!?!)

BUT.... I wanted them to 'eat' the hr. labour (or at least a 1/2hr) towards the cost of the alternator work for the 2nd system check .

They refused!

'I'll think about' I said.

So, I sourced an alternator at NAPA ($160 less than MB) and called my independent mechanic who said $220 labour. Fair enough, I thought.
I took the car to my neighborhood mechanic this morning and had another charging system check before he started working on the car and he found everything OK.

Hmmm.

Battery was a bit low as I had charged it up myself the week prior, but, most importantly the alternator was charging!

Hmmmmm...

He also checked for a 'drain' and found one, at approx. 3 amps. I mentioned this thread and ejected the nav CD and voila the drain dropped to 0.90.

Total cost at my local garage....(drum roll please....) $44.
Fantastic!

Thanks to this thread I was saved spending $800 at the dealershit for a new(re-built) CL500 alternator w/labour because I told them I would think about it and am I glad I did.

Big Thanks to BenzWorld and the contributors of these threads!
ifari is offline  
post #36 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 03:47 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Feb 2003
Posts: 49
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow fantastic thread!!! Dealers should read this!

Measuring the draw on the battery makes sense. Isolating the source doesn't sound easy but once they find it - things like the fancy built in GPS system make you wonder?

I think MB should think outside the box when it comes to GPS stuff and simply give you a slick place to mount your own personal GPS choice in such a way that you can cover it or hide it when you leave the car parked. Now that idea would earn alot of interest. GPS units are quite personal devices now days given people load various data into them - you can carry them with you when you leave the car to help you locate a specific shop location on foot etc.

Wow thanks for posting the results great thread!
TW10 is offline  
post #37 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 11:02 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
V12StealthHunter's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jul 2007
Vehicle: w201,w124,w126
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 2,319
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
I'm over the moon if my battery lasts more than 24hrs (in the winter). At -30degC, your battery expectations are pretty low.
V12StealthHunter is offline  
post #38 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 11:10 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
Diesel Benz's Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 212.025 & 906.633
Location: Europe
Posts: 10,322
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TW10 View Post
Measuring the draw on the battery makes sense. Isolating the source doesn't sound easy but once they find it - things like the fancy built in GPS system make you wonder?

I think MB should think outside the box when it comes to GPS stuff and simply give you a slick place to mount your own personal GPS choice in such a way that you can cover it or hide it when you leave the car parked. Now that idea would earn alot of interest. GPS units are quite personal devices now days given people load various data into them - you can carry them with you when you leave the car to help you locate a specific shop location on foot etc.

Wow thanks for posting the results great thread!
A random fault is difficult to identify but if there is an issue like with a CDC that does not let the car go to sleep or consuming power on its own, the standard workshop instructions for this should lead to the source of the issue directly. It should be obvious that a dead battery does not always mean that the battery is bad. Unfortunately a few workshops throw in new parts (and good parts out) and explain to the customer that "there appeared to be another faulty part in addition to the previously changed one".
Diesel Benz is offline  
post #39 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 06:14 PM
Outstanding Contributor
 
keyhole's Avatar
 
Date registered: Sep 2006
Vehicle: 2004 CLK 240 Coupe
Location: Norfolk. UK
Posts: 10,453
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Quoted: 356 Post(s)
Navi CD caused battery drain

I picked up on this thread by chance today, and was reminded of a very similar electrical fault that I had about 1 year agp. My battery was running down every 2 or 3 days.

I asked at my M-B dealership for any suggestions as to what might be the cause, and one of the techs suggested that I eject my Navi CD while the car was parked and see if that made any difference. Well. it certainly did, and the battery drain problem was immediately gone.

Now I have learned from the 2004 saga above that this electrical drain might be caused by a COMAND unit navigation processor fault. Maybe. I'll look into the price of that.

Meanwhile I'll continue to eject the CD after using it on a trip.
keyhole is offline  
post #40 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 06:58 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
Mike Wevrick's Avatar
 
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 2003 S500 4MATIC
Location: Concord, MA
Posts: 299
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
The previous owner of my car had the same problem with it not starting after sitting for a few days and got the same runaround from the dealer. Finally got it fixed but it was like pulling teeth ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruiseoveride View Post
I'm over the moon if my battery lasts more than 24hrs (in the winter). At -30degC, your battery expectations are pretty low.
I grew up in Ottawa 30+ years ago and don't remember this ever being a problem. A good modern battery should be fine even in extreme cold.

"Mercedes: Expensive and Built to Stay That Way"
Mike Wevrick is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome