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transit connect 2014 no ignition or cluster illumination

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i have a 2014 ford transit connect ltd had it in fords over a battery problem. the mechanics in my ford dealers are a bunch of stupid monkeys. they call me after charging the battery to ask me if i have an immobiliser  on my clifford add on alarm . two days later the service man ring up sorry mr coleman we cant get your van started . you don't have any ignition or cluster lights .so i call the auto elec who works on my van . after arriving he has it going in ten minutes . the battery was that low so the brain went into  hibernation to protect it. the auto elect just unplugs the brain under the wing and leaves for a minute re plugs it in hey presto we have ignition 

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These new CANBUS vehicles behave differently from expectation in various electical conditions.

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On my 2016, if you leave all the lights turned on and turn the ignition off, the computer will turn the lights off so that you don't return to a dead battery.  In the past, I installed a device called a Priority Start to disconnect the battery if lights were left on.  How times have changed.


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Some times the computer just kills the battery for kicks , Like this morning ! I carry a booster pack  for when the car plots against you.

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23 hours ago, G B L said:

the computer just kills the battery for kicks


Sounds like the car has a mind of it's own......and it doesn't like you.

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