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Old 24th January 2015, 12:41   #8536
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Did you guys know that the 12V DC port in the front near the handbrake never powers down. As in it's directly connected to the battery and will supply power even when car is locked. The manual mentions not to leave anything connected for long as it will drain the battery!

I just found this out and realised that my dashcam was never turning off. The dashcam always gets powered and if I don't use for long, chances of battery draining are very high. This is a stupid feature.

Another feature I saw was battery saver mode. After 3 days of non usage, the car goes into deep sleep mode. Deep sleep mode turns off the passive key proximity detection and when you approach the car after more than 3 days, the system may take longer to unlock the car than usual. I don't know if the deep sleep mode turns off the 12V DC port though.

The 12V DC port not powering down is quite an irritant for me as it means I need to unplug the dashcam every time. Purpose is defeated.
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Did you guys know that the 12V DC port in the front near the handbrake never powers down. As in it's directly connected to the battery and will supply power even when car is locked. The manual mentions not to leave anything connected for long as it will drain the battery!
Yes, I've noticed this - by peeking in to check on the LED in my phone charger after exiting the car and locking it. After realizing this, I even feel nervous about leaving my charger plugged in, in case I don't use the car for a few days. Very annoying, indeed, and quite a silly design decision.
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Yes, I've noticed this - by peeking in to check on the LED in my phone charger after exiting the car and locking it. After realizing this, I even feel nervous about leaving my charger plugged in, in case I don't use the car for a few days. Very annoying, indeed, and quite a silly design decision.
Yes, it holds true for the Figo also, whereas it powers on, only when the key is turned to ACC in the Swift.

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Yes, it holds true for the Figo also, whereas it powers on, only when the key is turned to ACC in the Swift.
Actually I remember that in my Figo it would power off after 60mins. This might be mentioned in the manual.
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It stays on in my Fiesta and Figo too. Not sure if it turns off after an hour though.

The same defect exists in the Sonata Embera--we had a drained out battery at Tirupati uphill as we'd left the phone charger in the socket.

Silly to know that when cheaper cars from Maruti stable have safeguards, cars from other manufacturers have ignored this point.
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Old 24th January 2015, 17:33   #8541
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That always ON 12V socket has been the same from the Ikon days and i find it rather convenient to charge the phone etc, without reaching for the keys.

OT: can a powered 1A phone charger(not charging anything) drain a 44 Ah battery overnight?
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That always ON 12V socket has been the same from the Ikon days and i find it rather convenient to charge the phone etc, without reaching for the keys.

OT: can a powered 1A phone charger(not charging anything) drain a 44 Ah battery overnight?
I once left my charger plugged in without any phone connected overnight and nothing happened. Actually i find this feature convenient as sometimes ill simply put my dead phone in the car, come back after a hour or so and there is enough juice to run it sparingly for the rest of the day.
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Yesterday, I went to Lathangi Ford, Bangalore to get both FSAs addressed, per the EcoSport recall (Ford India recalls 20,752 units of EcoSport).

The SA (Febin) at Lathangi told me that they've not received a specific tool from Chennai to remove the fuel hose, so the FSA "S1403 FUEL TUBE AND VAPOUR TUBE REPLACEMENT" would have to wait for a few weeks, and they'll call me back. Given that this is a preventative action for long-term rusting, I'm ok to wait, thought I'd have preferred that I was informed about this when I made the appointment the previous day.
Hi Arun,

Even I faced the same episode of "tools not available" for FSA S1403 FUEL TUBE AND VAPOUR TUBE REPLACEMENT. I was asked to come down by Elite Ford and later told to go back since tools are not in place. I have expressed my wrath in a post earlier in this thread.Elite Ford's goof up (Ford India recalls 20,752 units of EcoSport)

After escalating to Ford India and few calls and a month later, was asked to bring the car to the service centre on 14th Jan 2015. They had got the tools from Metro Ford and it took almost an entire day (10AM to 5PM) to get this done. My dad took the car since I was not in station due to an official trip. Along with our car, another Ecosport got this issue resolved. Its quite a long part as per my dad. Could not click any pics of the part. I don't find any change in vehicle behavior post this change. If you want to change the part, suggest to get it done at Metro Ford since they are the only ones trained to do the job as of today.

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I once left my charger plugged in without any phone connected overnight and nothing happened. Actually i find this feature convenient as sometimes ill simply put my dead phone in the car, come back after a hour or so and there is enough juice to run it sparingly for the rest of the day.
+1. I find this feature a lot useful when I am stuck with a dead phone. Just leave the phone plugged in the car far a while, and the phone gets charged without keeping the keys in. I haven't noticed if it turns off automatically.

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OT: can a powered 1A phone charger(not charging anything) drain a 44 Ah battery overnight?
My OEM Samsung charger has a green indicator which comes on and charger becomes warm only when I have a phone plugged in. Otherwise, the green indicator is off and charger remains cool. Guess this means that charger is not consuming power or using only negligible power. I always prefer always on sockets.
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While cleaning the car this morning, I ended up opening the bonnet/engine bay only to realize that a full grown cat was sitting on the engine

The way through the exhaust/behind the engine on the 1.5P is big enough for cats or even small dogs to get in, I am writing to check if the premium models ( I have an ambiente) have any protection in that area to avoid unauthorized occupation of engine compartment?
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While cleaning the car this morning, I ended up opening the bonnet/engine bay only to realize that a full grown cat was sitting on the engine
You don't realize how fortunate you are. This keeps the rats away from chewing your wires..
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You don't realize how fortunate you are.
In my case, the cat uses the engine sump guard as it's dining table and i am 'fortunate' enough to remove it once a week to clean the leftover stuff.

Don't know whether to do that or to drive away the cat and face the music from the rats.

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In other news, owing to the 'par-excellent' road illumination from the stock headlights, i missed to spot a dog in the center of the road, and the right bumper taught the dog some lessons in spite of the best efforts to evade it.

I was sure the fog lamp/plastic bits might have taken a hit, but not even a scratch/deformation anywhere.
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You don't realize how fortunate you are. This keeps the rats away from chewing your wires..
Oh so true!

But seriously, I make it a habit to beep the horn before starting the engine. Cats (yes, even in Chennai!) tend to like a warm place to settle in, and car engines do very nicely. Nobody wants their cat minced and strewn around under the bonnet. Not even cat haters would want to clear up the mess.

Having experienced the aftermath of a rat who crawled far into some body cavity to die and then rot, I never again want any creature, whether known to me or not, dying inside my engine. The engineers who took stuff to bits until they could clear it out deserve a huge prize. Very unpleasant.
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Folks I test drove the ecoboost and diesel variants this weekend. I must say that Ecoboost really blew my mind off. Even though I knew it all from spec standpoint but I still found it unbelievable that a 3 cylinder 999CC engine can really deliver such a punch. It was extremely free revving and pulls so cleanly from ~1500rpm all the way. Engine note was intoxicating as well. The diesel variant was impressive as well and not too way off in terms of free revving engine and great throttle response but i certainly missed the engine note. How I wish i was in the market for a premium hatchback and I would certainly buy ecoboost over it . Currently I am looking for a bigger family car and Ecosport unfortunately doesn't cut it from a space standpoint.
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