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In Topic: Faulty Battery, Computer (Pcm / Ecu) Relay, Starter Or Anti-Theft???

14 January 2013 - 11:56 PM

Hi again,

Elsewhere I've been told to look at Bosch and Varta, but in all honesty, these brands are rarely found at your local car battery place in New Zealand (unless they're re-badged as something else here?). As you can imagine, European made cars are pretty much the exception to the rule on Kiwi roads, so we are not well served in our market as far as batteries for European vehicles is concerned. Because we drive mostly Japanese imports, and because of our proximity to Asia, our batteries are mostly Asian made and sourced (e.g. 'Century Yuasa'). In the case of Super Charge, these are from the Philippines, but have a 3 year full replacement warranty, which can be done direct with the retailer as opposed to being 'Return to Base' I think, so I assume they are reputable!!

I tell you all this, because after talking to the guy at the battery shop, then after we'd checked in the Super Charge product catalogue, believe it or not, the battery I've linked for you (the one I bought!!) is listed in their materials as a battery suitable for Mondeos!!! Of course, the battery guy (who didn't seem over-the-top or full of himself) was sure it would be okay. And yep, BigD, this is a Calcium battery, just unfortunately the shop had no Silver Calciums.

Anyway, the car is off for a service on Friday, so if the Ford techs tell us to ditch the Super Charge, then ditching it is what we shall do I suppose, though I'm terrified to think what they'll charge for one of their batteries!!!

One last question, then I can leave you all alone .... would there be any reason why a low battery warning didn't come up on the information display inside the car before the thing died??? I find that one quite strange, and a little annoying given what happened!!!

In Topic: Faulty Battery, Computer (Pcm / Ecu) Relay, Starter Or Anti-Theft???

14 January 2013 - 04:21 AM

Cheers Bruce and Mintalkin - turns out your hunches were right on the money!!! Put in a new battery today and bang - she kicked over, first time!!

Have to say it's been an interesting learning curve. I actually removed the old battery to charge it overnight for around 16 hours, and despite this, the guy at one of my local battery shops tested it and told me that it was barely holding 9.5-ish volts of overall charge, at which point he rightly stated that there was no point in persevering with it!

This Mondeo is from 2008 and we are its second owners, so with this in mind, it is good to think that our battery lasted just 3 months short of 5 years, going on the (fairly safe assumption) that this was an original factory-fitted battery!!

Anyway, the car is going in for its next service on Friday, so our Ford techs will have to take a look around to make sure once and for all that there's no residual funny business going on because of the old battery issue. My only slight concern is what view Ford will take regarding the battery I choose for the car?

The information for my new battery is here:

It has a 3 year warranty!! The battery itself is a calcium battery, but not 'Silver Calcium.' Does that matter? I believe that in most other areas, the battery I bought meets or exceeds Ford specifications as far as starter batteries are concerned.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your wisdom!!