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 Post subject: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:12 am 
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Hi guys I really hope someone can help, I unplugged the car today and travelled about 1/2 a mile and after a couple 100 meters down the road I pressed the windscreen wash and as it did its 3 squirts I heard what sounded like a relay click down my the glove box now I confess that normally I have my music on loud so this might be nothing.
So I arrived at my destination (1/2mile) turned the car off, got out opened the boot, a couple of minutes at most closed the boot got in the car and started the car, and I heard the engine rev and thought what the ####, looked and the charge function was on, thought I must have knocked but NO the charge function won't turn off can't change to save, turned off and back on same, drove back home and parked, opened boot closed restarted still on charge mode??????? I also have a message which says "engine started to maintain fuel system"
Now I know I've dropped a big boo boo because the service was due in February and as the dealership didn't contact me I was going to get it done at a garage and kept putting off.
I've noticed that some people are referencing something to do with 3 months fuel etc but I'm pretty sure my fuel isn't that old I terrified to use the car because not only does it use twice the amount of fuel but I'm scared it might damage the drive battery.
PLEASE HELP ME
On a separate and completely unrelated matter how well should the progressive breaking put charge back into the battery because I swear mines not been working correctly from a very short time after driving from the forecourt but the dealership keep fobbing me off


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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:07 am 
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Very simple - if you haven't used enough petrol for a while (3 months IIRC), the car will automatically switch to charge to force you to fill up the tank with fresh fuel. The reason is that petrol (gas in the USA) deteriorates over time, so it must be refreshed from time to time.
Brake regeneration won't work with a full battery as the car has nowhere to store the electricity.
In other words: normal behaviour as designed.

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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:41 am 
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Many thanks I'm so grateful for your reply I was so worried


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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:26 pm 
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If you page through the messages on the dash board (there is a row of buttons between your steering wheel and the window, you're looking for a button that has a picture of two pages on it) you will be able to find a message that says:

"Engine Started to Maintain Fuel System."

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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:46 pm 
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Many thanks guys, is there a certain amount of fuel that's needed to be used before refilling the tank as I'm almost empty but don't want to fill up prematurely?

Much appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:40 am 
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Ancient automotive lore but still applicable: Over longer periods, try and keep you tank as full as convenient. The less air - with moisture in it- is over the petrol, the less water will condense into the fuel.

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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:50 am 
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But what is the procedure for getting the charge function to stop, have told that its due to fuel being in to long and need to use so much fuel before it will switch off my question is how low does it need to be before topping it back up?


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 Post subject: Re: Charge function just came on and can't turn it off
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:46 pm 
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Wrong way round! As the manual explains at 6-37 you need to put in at least 15 litres of petrol in one fill rather than burn it off.


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