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      01-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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Got car interior Detailed & now i m gettign the battery low sign :-(

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I got my car interior detailed today by a detail specialist at my place, before detailing the car i told him to switch the interior light off as it has no kill switch. He said he will do that but after i got the car back now i m getting battery icon on my dash I spoke to him later & he said while detailing he had to open the door & close them frequently as in my driveway there is less space for people to pass by if the doors are open so i guess the inside light kept switching on by itself? damn bmw there should be a kill switch for the inside lights, he said its common with these cars & a small drive should solve it. now what should i do get the battery checked by bmw or get it charged?

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      01-11-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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How old is your battery? They don't last forever (4-5 years seems about average, so if your car is an 06-08 and you are on the original battery you should start thinking about replacing it).

A short drive may help, and yes, leaving the door open probably drained it, especially if it's an older/weaker battery. You can have it load tested by a dealership or competent indy shop.
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Just charge it, it's happened to me.
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If your battery can be drain by just the interior lights, then its time for a new battery.
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Just charge it, it's happened to me.
How by a long drive or dealership?
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If your battery can be drain by just the interior lights, then its time for a new battery.
The detailing process was for 2 hours.
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Car draws .5 amps when awake.

Car draws .5 amps when awake.
pretty easy to drain it .
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How by a long drive or dealership?

The detailing process was for 2 hours.
Long drive with speeds over 45 miles an hour, no stop and go. Or the easier route, battery charger. My car sits Sunday- Wednesday every week and every once in a while I throw the charger on. 12/07 build and the battery is still good.
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Get it checked out. I'm betting it's still good so just charge it up.
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The "kill switch" for interior lights is press and hold the button for 15 seconds.
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The "kill switch" for interior lights is press and hold the button for 15 seconds.
crap i wish i knew that earlier..
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Long drive with speeds over 45 miles an hour, no stop and go. Or the easier route, battery charger. My car sits Sunday- Wednesday every week and every once in a while I throw the charger on. 12/07 build and the battery is still good.
Which charger you use? any good chargers like a battery tender you recommend?

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ctek 3300 seems to be standard
they have a new one called the 4.3 if you want something
more 7003 I think .
Also I thought the lights were just a small part of the current
draw its all the other electric modules that are the problem.
Someone said there was a shop mode that puts it to sleep when
your working on it . I wonder does anybody know how to
turn that on.

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What he said ^ I use a Shumacher charger I got from Walmart. It has 2, 8, and 12 amp modes. Very convenient for maintaining or emergency jump starting.
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The "kill switch" for interior lights is press and hold the button for 15 seconds.
Kill switch? care to elaborate?
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Which charger you use? any good chargers like a battery tender you recommend?

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The Advanced Battery Charger from BMW is reasonably priced. It's the same thing as the DelTran Battery Tender Plus GEL. 2006+ Bimmers use GEL cell-type batteries.
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To charge the car by using the alternator, just drive the car for 20 minutes or so at highway speeds....

To use a battery charger...I like the battery tenders that are automatic...in other words they shut off when they sense the battery is charged. No need to spend more than 50.00 on a really nice unit!...also, dont let the charger sit on the carpeting while charging, it may get a little warm...a piece of cardboard will do, or floor mat....

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Kill switch? care to elaborate?
Just what One said, push the interior light switch & hold it until the lights go out. That will kill the lights inside the cabin & reduce the battery draw when the doors are kept open.
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Just what One said, push the interior light switch & hold it until the lights go out. That will kill the lights inside the cabin & reduce the battery draw when the doors are kept open.
I never knew that. That's very useful to know during my car washes. But what light switch?
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I never knew that. That's very useful to know during my car washes. But what light switch?
yeah very handy trick, guess we got to start reading the user manuals
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If your battery can be drain by just the interior lights, then its time for a new battery.
+1 It takes a lot more than that..even if 2 hours I've had my car gone through a detail and it was fine.
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guys there is a bmw battery charger that i saw at a dealership once, charges the car through the lighter socket, anyone knows what its called?

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