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"Please turn ignition off or start engine..." Message

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Had my MK8 for about 4 months and just now got the "please turn ignition off or start engine" warning with the progression bar when I got in the car.  It started fine but I'd not seen this warning before, although I realise it's designed to stop people killing the battery.

I'd not driven the car for about 2 days and the only thing that had changed recently was I turned on the courtesy light function for getting in / out of the car.

It does do short runs but about once a week gets a decent leg stretch.

Just wondered if this is common, or is it indicative of a potential battery issue, or does it just look at how many amps/volts/magic beans are being drawn from the battery ?

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Is it because the car had stopped the engine automatically (start/stop) and you had just got out of the car and locked it up?

The Mrs has done this before on the drive. We only realised as the mirrors hadn't folded in etc when locking.

I am pretty sure she had the same message due to getting out of the car as if it had been handbraked/neutral at traffic lights.

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45 minutes ago, Mavroz said:

Is it because the car had stopped the engine automatically (start/stop) and you had just got out of the car and locked it up?

The Mrs has done this before on the drive. We only realised as the mirrors hadn't folded in etc when locking.

I am pretty sure she had the same message due to getting out of the car as if it had been handbraked/neutral at traffic lights.

Hmmm, I guess it's possible.  I had no idea the car would lock and alarm in that state though - the indicators definitely flashed when I unlocked the car.

Problem I have is my other half also uses the car and that adds a whole extra realm of uncertainty lol.  Uncertainty I can't remove by asking as she'll never admit it.

Thanks for the tip though 🙂

EDIT:  Well I just went back to the car and got in it to see if I got the message again... The System loaded up the Ford logo then turned off (along with the headlights) as per normal if it isn't started.

I'm 100% gonna blame the Mrs when she gets home 😄

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Try it if you can, Move your car forward slightly, handbrake/neutral until auto stop kicks in, leave the car, lock it.

Wait a moment or so, then get back in and see if the message is there..

Can't be definite as i haven't tried it but she also said the led on the start stop flashed differently. I say I only noticed the mirrors hadn't folded in.

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Cheers for the info - I'll give it a test tomorrow.

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I've also had this pop up the odd time, but haven't yet managed to identify any particular circumstance that may cause it and as with Gary's car, it started fine. As Martin says, inadvertently letting the start-stop turn off the engine can cause some pretty odd effects, so I always make sure to switch off with the button nowadays. I'll try and see if I can think of anything if it happens again, e.g. if I had done a few short journeys in quick succession or if the outside temperature is low.

Glad you guys mentioned it - it's another of those things that make you think "is it just me"!😀

 

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Not had chance to test mine again yet,  SWMBO assures me that the mirrors closed when she locked it so thinks it was turned off completely. 

A likely story lol... :-) 

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Terrible news ... I've just checked the dashcam from when my good lady parked up and she had turned the car off correctly ... I must destroy the evidence !  🤣

It also did it today when I got in after leaving the car for a few more days so I'm fairly convinced it's just very 'careful' once it's been stood for a while.

It started fine again so not gonna worry.

 

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Ok, never seen that before. Ours has been left on the drive for at least a week without being started.

I guess there may be an option somewhere in the settings to turn this on or off?

Still pretty sure this is the same message she got. She had to press the start button, car started then press again to stop and shut everything down.

Ours was definitely left for the auto stop to kick in then she left the car. She presumed it locked using the fob, only give away something wasn't right was the mirrors stayed out.

Something else new.learned. thank you.

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I've had happen to me a few times on my new Focus, I've often wondered what causes it , I always shut the car down correctly. Another thing that gets to me is having to keep acknowledging the satnav map by pressing ok whether your using it or not.

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Another thing that gets to me is having to keep acknowledging the satnav map by pressing ok whether your using it or not.


That's a legal requirement to protect manufacturers from liability if you get into trouble whilst slavishly following navigation instructions or contravene speed / traffic sign laws due to changes applied after the software was created.
(Say doing 40 in a 30 zone just because the nav screen says so even if road signs say otherwise).
Even standalone satnav units have the same disclaimer on start-up.



Sent from my SM-G965F (S9+)

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8 hours ago, Mavroz said:

Ok, never seen that before. Ours has been left on the drive for at least a week without being started.

I guess there may be an option somewhere in the settings to turn this on or off?

Still pretty sure this is the same message she got. She had to press the start button, car started then press again to stop and shut everything down.

Ours was definitely left for the auto stop to kick in then she left the car. She presumed it locked using the fob, only give away something wasn't right was the mirrors stayed out.

Something else new.learned. thank you.

 

5 hours ago, NortonSS said:

I've had happen to me a few times on my new Focus, I've often wondered what causes it , I always shut the car down correctly. Another thing that gets to me is having to keep acknowledging the satnav map by pressing ok whether your using it or not.

I think as Roger mentions, it's tough to know which exact circumstances make the message appear.  I can't see any reference to it in the handbook, although I did find it mentioned for another Ford vehicle online.

All I know is I'd never seen it in the first 4 months of ownership.  My car generally get's used everyday with a lot of short journeys, then this last week it's been left for a couple of days at a time - added to that it's now winter and my other half will leave AC / heat etc running the whole time she's using the car so I'd hazzard a guess not much charge is going back into the battery.  It could well be an accumulation of different factors.

I'm sure it's just the car being helpful 😁

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