Velar dead - flat battery

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peterd
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by peterd » Fri May 25, 2018 12:18 pm

I still do not understand why the rear light are on ... a mystery.


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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by peterd » Sat May 26, 2018 6:01 pm

End of the story
I called assistance this morning, they took 30mn to come. They came with a booster the car started instantly with the lights on...
I still do not understand why the light stayed on ...The guy was helpful: on the CTEK MX5, as it is an AGM battery the setting should
be on frozen mode and not in normal mode. Secondly he recommanded to purchase a small portable booster at 170 euros on amazon, saying that he has been able to start Ranges and other SUV with it. I drove 30mn the car , put back the CTEK with the good setting, battery is fully loaded now.


Joe
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by Joe » Sat May 26, 2018 9:21 pm

I can add another observation to the story. Our Velar was parked and double locked for 1 week and on ignition it showed the message, battery low, start engine. 🤔
I could not do much. Seated didn’t work , but console lighted up as usual. So park the car at the airport for 3 weeks will be a lot of fun I guess. I’ll take a starting cable with me just in case it runs out of power. Annoying. Never had that with another car in such a short period of none usage. Must be the alarm sucking the battery.


chylld
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by chylld » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:49 am

Happy to report that after leaving the Velar for 5 days (locked) the car is still working fine! It did take about twice as long to start, but it started and drove normally with all systems working.

I now keep a Noco GB70 jump starter in the car, just in case...


Mr. Singh
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by Mr. Singh » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:51 pm

Not sure if this helps but I 'double' locked my Velar and left it parked for 15 days while I was away on holiday - it started up immediately upon my return with no problems or warnings.


dazis
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by dazis » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:55 pm

Mine has also now showing a flat battery. Managed to unlock the car but it didn't have enough power to start. I had bought a small lithium ion USB charger and jump starter. Fired up like a charm!

Came to it the next day and it didn't have any power! Not even to push out the handles! Panic... how do you put a key in a shut handle?! I found you push one side and pull the other, then drag it out. I used the key and opened the car. You need 2 people if you do the drivers do so do the passenger one as you need to open the bonnet.
So mine is on charge on the drive but not looking good. 12 months old so it needs a new battery or new alternator at the very least! What is zapping the power????
I noticed the windows don't close automatically when holding the button for a few seconds ?? hmmm.
Maybe the new software upgrade I had 3 days ago?


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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by dazis » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:35 pm

I keep mine in the car (not the boot as you can't open the damm thing when dead)
Picowe 1000A Peak Ampere Portable Jump Starter


chylld
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by chylld » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:42 am

dazis wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:55 pm
Mine has also now showing a flat battery. Managed to unlock the car but it didn't have enough power to start. I had bought a small lithium ion USB charger and jump starter. Fired up like a charm!

Came to it the next day and it didn't have any power! Not even to push out the handles! Panic... how do you put a key in a shut handle?! I found you push one side and pull the other, then drag it out. I used the key and opened the car. You need 2 people if you do the drivers do so do the passenger one as you need to open the bonnet.
So mine is on charge on the drive but not looking good. 12 months old so it needs a new battery or new alternator at the very least! What is zapping the power????
I noticed the windows don't close automatically when holding the button for a few seconds ?? hmmm.
Maybe the new software upgrade I had 3 days ago?
Sorry to hear. Do you have a SIM card in the car for remote climate etc? I did when mine went flat and the car has been fine ever since I removed it, possible reason there... (although correlation <> causation)


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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by SCJ » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:22 pm

Hi all,

Has anyone else tried to keep the SIM card out and see if the battery then keeps a charge?

Same thing happened to my P380 and the most concerning part is that without knowing why all of a sudden there's a load in the car drawing current it's hard to trust that the car battery will stay charged. Have had my Velar for 7 months, with a SIM card in it the whole time.

Drove it for 1 hr on Wed morning and then again for 45 min and 20 min on Wed. All 3 trips long enough to keep the battery charged since it'd been driven enough lately to not die from lack of use.

Thurs it wouldn't start. Looked and acted completely dead; the only sign of life was the hazard light button, which wouldn't trigger the hazards. Used a DVM and there was only 4V across the battery test terminal under the bonnet. Tried a trickle charger but those cables started heating up. The headlights and tail lights came on and the main screen in front of the steering wheel started flashing like the car was trying to turn on over and over again. The high current draw on the trickle charger was concerning, so we took that off. In the time it took to grab my phone and take a video, the charge was down low enough from all the car's attempts to initialize itself for a driver that the screen no longer tried to initialize and the headlights turned themselves off. The tail lights remained on for at least 6 hours.

I'm waiting for the dealer to open so I can call them to come change the battery but I don't want to worry that I'm out somewhere and the car all of a sudden won't start because something in the car is draining the battery.

There were 2 differences in how I parked the car in the garage the day before it wouldn't start. (1) I intentionally parked very close to a cabinet on the passenger side and the proximity warning sensors were all red on that side. The freaked out sensors distracted me and I (2) turned the car off while it was still in Drive mode with my foot on the brake. The car put itself into Park. I thought about restarting it and shutting it off properly, but falsely (?) assumed that the car was smart enough to shut itself down properly if it was going to put itself into Park.

To me it seems like there's a logic problem in the software or firmware that has left the brake light on because I had my foot on the brake when I shut off the car in Drive mode. When the Velar put itself into Park, it didn't shut everything down.

But, my husband didn't notice the tail lights on (they glow against the garage door) and he was in the garage for hours focused on a motorcycle motor rebuild. Granted, he was paying most of his attention to the motor. So we aren't sure if the tail lights were still on before it went dead the next day.

I usually leave the car unlocked when I put in in my own garage every night. Have only had this one instance where it had any issue at all starting.

I'd like to leave the SIM card in the car so I can use the remote features.

Did the people who left the SIM card out have problems again since January?

Did anyone else turn their car off in Drive mode before this happened?
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Re: Velar dead - flat battery

Post by MikeJL » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:58 pm

I always switch off with foot on brake and car in gear, and let the car sort everything out. Also always have a Sim card in. Haven’t in 10 months of ownership had a problem with the battery. I often do shortish (6-8 miles) journeys.
My guess is you have a defective battery & all will be well once it’s replaced. It seems that modern batteries do fail without warning.
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