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Old 05-31-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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Am I under Warranty?

Having a strange electrical issue with the car two weeks after my TT install.

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Went on vacation over Memorial Day weekend. Left the car at the airport for 4 days. Upon return, the car fired up, no problems whatsoever. Drove the car an hour and a half close to home then stopped to get some food (10 minutes). Returned to the car... Completely dead! My first instinct was that I may have left something on in the car (although I was confused because it had only been off for ten minutes). Jump started the car and got home.

The next morning, I had to jump it again to get to work. When I had a couple minutes, I went to the trunk to see if any connections were bad at the battery. Wiggled some things around and wouldn't ya know it... She fired right up! I thought I had solved the problem.

Car started fine the next couple of days. Then, the same problem. Now it won't go away. Tried the trunk thing again, no luck. I've been monitoring the voltage on the dash and the battery isn't charging. Once it's jumped, it gets to 14.7 volts and then no more (gradually going down to 12.1-12.4 overnight). I've checked the connections at the alternator... All seems fine.

I am very confident that it has nothing to do with the TT install. My concern is two things... What the heck is wrong?? Haha... And am I under warranty for the issue (assuming it isn't TT related).

Any ideas are greatly appreciated. All of you have been a huge help in the past. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:22 PM   #2
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If the cause of the failure is related to the Mod, then your outta luck, if its not your good. Take it to a mod friendly dealer and see if they will replace your battery under warranty.
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:44 AM   #3
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They dorked up a grounding cable or battery terminal is loose. No dealership would touch it, especially when you say you just did major mods and suddenly you have warranty issues. Its not a warranty issue, its a mod install issue. Take it to who did the work or check the cables yourself.
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Old 06-01-2015, 06:59 AM   #4
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They dorked up a grounding cable or battery terminal is loose. No dealership would touch it, especially when you say you just did major mods and suddenly you have warranty issues. Its not a warranty issue, its a mod install issue. Take it to who did the work or check the cables yourself.
I would agree with you, but I am confused as to why it took 2 weeks for the issue to arise. If it was an installation issue, shouldn't it have occurred sooner?...Certainly when not being driven for 4 days??

I can admit that I am no expert on this... Just using logical reasoning.

Any more ideas?
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:32 AM   #5
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A loose connector works itself looser by vibration and use, it happens all the time. When something goes wrong hardly 2 weeks after major modifications you don't blame what was fine before but what has been changed since.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:49 AM   #6
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I agree with others. Take it back to the shop that did the work. Definitely sounds like a loose connection somewhere.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:58 AM   #7
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Ran into same thing.. but not on a tt install Check list..

1. Bat connections
2. Jumper connection
3. Hot and ground in fuse box
4. Ground Straps cylinder heads and block
5. Starter wires

If its not charging the way the system works is that it needs to see some initial voltage first to tell the regulator to charge. So the wires may look fine there at the alternator but there is a chance one could of been spliced into, nicked, pulled pin out off connector..

I hate them type of problems..

I'd go over the directions on the TT install and see what wires needed to be loosened or spliced ect..
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Old 06-01-2015, 02:47 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips as always guys. Will be knocking out the 'to check' list one by one and will check back in with updates when the issue is solved.

Certainly isn't taking the grin off my face when the boost hits!! haha
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:52 PM   #9
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im with rumbumbee, check the grounding strap on the back of the cylinder head
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:53 PM   #10
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could it be parasitic draw? maybe? dunno
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:09 PM   #11
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Ok guys, just wanted to close the loop. Ended up being a bad cell in the battery. What a relief. New battery completely under warranty.

Advice for others... No matter the electrical issue, get your battery checked first! Thanks for all the help and drive safe.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:20 PM   #12
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Ok guys, just wanted to close the loop. Ended up being a bad cell in the battery. What a relief. New battery completely under warranty.

Advice for others... No matter the electrical issue, get your battery checked first! Thanks for all the help and drive safe.
To add to that, when my battery went bad, my car would run like crap. definately didnt feel like a bad battery. It felt like a sensor was bad. Making the car run terrible, stumbling and missing. Our cars, infact many cars today use certain voltage numbers to run the injectors. Here are just a few examples.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:41 PM   #13
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Also if anyone else has bat drain issues, dont forget if you did a scosche and stereo upgrade they been known to have issues. A new driver for scosche unit or head unit is usually needed to fix it.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:27 AM   #14
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Awesome info guys! Hopefully we will keep at least one person from going insane trying to find bigger issues that aren't there.
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