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My 2013  fiesta,s stop start system does not cut in at all , in January I had a dash cam installed( professionally), but I think the main reason is our change of use of the car, my wife used to use it everyday for work but as she changed jobs last year she no longer uses the car and uses the bus instead, now we use the car twice a week although I try and give it a blast down the dual carriageway when we do use it, so my real question is can anybody recommend a trickle battery charger that can be left safely connected for a few days and not damage anything on the car ? 

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11 minutes ago, potter18 said:

My 2013  fiesta,s stop start system does not cut in at all , in January I had a dash cam installed( professionally), but I think the main reason is our change of use of the car, my wife used to use it everyday for work but as she changed jobs last year she no longer uses the car and uses the bus instead, now we use the car twice a week although I try and give it a blast down the dual carriageway when we do use it, so my real question is can anybody recommend a trickle battery charger that can be left safely connected for a few days and not damage anything on the car ? 

A good battery should be fine for quite a while without being used, I had a Bosch S4 battery in a previous car, started fine even after 3 months standing, I have a feeling there could be a battery drain somewhere - perhaps the dashcam isn't switching off or its drawing power. Might be worth checking to see if there is a battery drain somewhere before looking at trickle chargers - how old is the battery?

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Ctek battery chargers can be left connected for long periods to maintain the battery charge when the vehicle is not in use without doing harm to any of the electronics.  I use mine once a week just to ensure the battery is well charged.  Available from Halfords and amazon, not cheap but one of the best you can get.

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4 hours ago, m1tch said:

A good battery should be fine for quite a while without being used, I had a Bosch S4 battery in a previous car, started fine even after 3 months standing, I have a feeling there could be a battery drain somewhere - perhaps the dashcam isn't switching off or its drawing power. Might be worth checking to see if there is a battery drain somewhere before looking at trickle chargers - how old is the battery?

Cars coming up to 3 yrs old battery on car since new , car always starts fine 

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After you give it a good blast and the battery is topped up, does the stop go kick in?

If it doesn't then I would think that its not the battery at fault., but sonething else connected to the stop go switching.

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Going for a blast down the dual carriage way may not charge the battery at all as the Fiesta has smart charging which only charges the battery when there is no load on the engine i.e. when you take your foot off the accelerator. That's the way I think it works, if anyone can correct me then please do.

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