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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-05, 12:01 AM
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Freelander, alarm on for 2 weeks (holiday) falt when returned!

I recently went away on holiday, left my Freelander locked with the alarm
on, was away just over 2 weeks. Landrover assured me the battery would cope
with the drain for 2 weeks no problems!

Not the case I'm afraid, this happened last year too, I replaced the battery
(75Ah) thinking it was not a good battery. Got back this time, battery
absolutely flat, had to call rescue to jump start me, as I have the V6
automatic, couldn't bump start.

Anyone else had a similar problem, or indeed, is there a way to lock the
Freelander without the alarm being activated, I did try this but it set the
alarm when used with the keys.

Any help would be appreciated please.


Brian (Huddersfield, west York's)




 
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Re: Freelander, alarm on for 2 weeks (holiday) falt when returned!

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> Anyone else had a similar problem, or indeed, is there a way to lock the
> Freelander without the alarm being activated, I did try this but it set
> the alarm when used with the keys.
>


It is a known problem that transmissions in the shared band (433MHz) where
the alarm & key fob operate can keep 'waking up' the receiver in the alarm.
In this state the current drain is much higher and hence a flat battery.
I don't think that not setting the alarm will make any difference because
the receiver is still listening for the key fob.

The transmissions that cause the receiver to wake up are quite varied,
common ones are remote sensor weather stations/thermometers, wireless
burglar alarms, ham radio, taxi and similar transmitters.

The cure is it fit an alarm that uses a different frequency band. Land Rover
are well aware of the problem.

Regards
Jeff


 
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-05, 06:01 AM
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Re: Freelander, alarm on for 2 weeks (holiday) falt when returned!

On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 06:38:43 GMT, Horse.trader wrote:

> Anyone else had a similar problem, ...


See other threads about other RF devices from alarms to weather
stations waking up the alarm system every few seconds and dramatically
increasing battery drain. I'd sit and watch the battery current for a
while and see if it's a steady low value or pulses up every so often,
from every 30s to every hour, boring and tedious to do but...

> is there a way to lock the Freelander without the alarm being
> activated,


Discos have a "transport mode" which basically puts them to sleep.
This is to save the battery after they roll of the production line and
spend months on a disused airfield waiting delivery or on a
dockside/boat getting to parts foreign.

Sweet talk your dealer to see if a Freelander has such a mode and how
to get it into (and out of!) that state.

--
Cheers new5pam@howhill.com
Dave. pam is missing e-mail



 
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Re: Freelander, alarm on for 2 weeks (holiday) falt when returned!


"Dave Liquorice" <new5pam@howhill.com> wrote in message
news:nyyfbegfubjuvyypbz.iqmi7e0.pminews@news.howhill.com...
> On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 06:38:43 GMT, Horse.trader wrote:
>
>> Anyone else had a similar problem, ...

>
> See other threads about other RF devices from alarms to weather
> stations waking up the alarm system every few seconds and dramatically
> increasing battery drain. I'd sit and watch the battery current for a
> while and see if it's a steady low value or pulses up every so often,
> from every 30s to every hour, boring and tedious to do but...
>
>> is there a way to lock the Freelander without the alarm being
>> activated,

>
> Discos have a "transport mode" which basically puts them to sleep.
> This is to save the battery after they roll of the production line and
> spend months on a disused airfield waiting delivery or on a
> dockside/boat getting to parts foreign.
>
> Sweet talk your dealer to see if a Freelander has such a mode and how
> to get it into (and out of!) that state.
>
> --
> Cheers new5pam@howhill.com
> Dave. pam is missing e-mail
>
>

Thanks Dave................

There is a Landrover dealer not too far away that are pretty helpful, I'll
ask there next time I'm passing.

Brian (Huddersfield)


 
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