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sdenham
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« on: March 09, 2003, 07:05:43 AM »

I didn't drive the tek for a couple of days and went out and found the battery dead.  Really dead.....only thing on when I turned the key was the cell phone.  I leave it plugged in all the time, but had forgotten to turn it off when I got home from that last trip out.  Called Roadside Assistance and got towed up to the dealer.  They couldn't find anything wrong; just charged it back up and I haven't had any problems this past week.  It surprises me that a cell phone would run the battery completely down like that.  I have heard of a battery rundown recall......anyone know the specifics on this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2003, 08:10:25 AM »

There is or was a batch of bad batteries...

Here is the campaign # from the Battery rundown Recall- - ( # 01022 )
Also give (1-800-2Pontiac) a call to see if your Aztek needs to have it done of Not?


 
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2003, 08:36:54 PM »

I never received a recall for the battery rundown, but when I took the Tek in for yet another rear hatch fix (I am the crash test dummy for hatch fixes in Buffalo), The battery went dead in the dealer's garage.  It turned out, the battery had a dead cell.  I got 2 1/2 years on the battery with no signs of a battery problem prior to its failing.  I generally drive only 3 miles per day.  They replaced the battery.   :unsure:
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2003, 04:47:49 PM »

I thought I read in the manaula that the plugs shut off after 15 minutes to prevent rundown.  I know I have often left my phone plugged in over night and it never ran it down.   Never really thought tolook to see if it was still hot.  Will have to look next time.

Speaking of batteries,  what is the life of the battery?  I am closing in on 2 years of service and was wondering just that because I thought that stock batteries are only good for 2 or 3 years.  

Also on batteries...  A friend of mine actually installed a second battery in his SUV to extend power time.  I have looked in to doing the same but there is no room up front.  Any ideas on how to set up somewhere else?
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sdenham
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2003, 05:05:13 PM »

If it was supposed to shut down after 15 minutes to prevent run down, it didn't happen for me.  I did call Pontiac to see if I have one of the bad batteries (according to VIN number), but they said.........no.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2003, 07:24:34 AM »

Our Pontiac Service Manager told me yesterday that the Tek will reserve enough battery power to start if one of the stock accessories is left on, such as a map light.  In my case, I left my cell phone plugged in....an add on so to speak.....that's why I was left without any reserve power to start.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2003, 08:59:13 AM »

The way the factory system is supposed to work, if it senses battery drain by some thing left on, it shuts down the circuit to leave ample battery voltage to start

The problem is, if you have something that cycles, it resets so you use more battery until it resets [it may also not control cigarette lighter circiuts?]

I experianced this the hard way, when camping with the tent-- using the Interior light frequently with the hatch up
So it is more for an accidental I time event!
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2003, 11:48:46 AM »

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There is or was a batch of bad batteries...

Here is the campaign # from the Battery rundown Recall- - ( # 01022 )
Also give (1-800-2Pontiac) a call to see if your Aztek needs to have it done of Not?
Thanks Greg F.!  I just had my battery die yesterday.  I called Pontiac and asked about the recall.  I am covered by it.  I am going in tomorrow to have it checked out.  I just hope it starts today when I go home from work.  I had the 'Tek on the charger all night (automatic charger from Sears good Wink )  and I got to work fine.  Thanks again :-)
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2003, 02:59:47 PM »

I have never had my battery run down during the night( knock on wood). I leave my radar detector,cell phone and a pair of led headlight tinters on 24/7. The only time I have ever had a rundown was when I left the key turned forward when I was listening to the radio.
I also looked into the battery recall  that ended last dec I think. the dealership told me that the only way they would replace the battery was if there was present battery acid oozing out on it. I called pontiac and they said that I would not be covered because the recall was ended , so I would have to pay for it. I dont think they told me the truth though.  :angry:
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2003, 04:02:02 PM »

My battery wore down one night when a side light (in the rear seat area) was left on. I was surprised that this could happen (I didn't even know that there was a 15-minute switch-off mechanism). The dealership sent someone over who id'ed the problem and fixed it for free.

I have always left the cell phone charger plugged in (phone attached) with no problem.

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2003, 06:41:14 AM »

A cell phone should never run the battery down. If you are having battery problems, it is not the phone!!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2003, 09:20:07 AM »

Well, it didn't cause battery rundown, but I had this strange experience last night/this morning.....

Hubby pulled the Tek in the garage last night about 9 pm. Later on when he was out there, he kept hearing faint music. Didn't really think much of it...maybe it was coming from the neighbor's house.

This morning, when I got up, he said  "This is driving me crazy...since last night I have been hearing music and can't figure out where it's coming from." We looked around, listened outside, in the house, in the garage...nothing.

Finally I said, maybe it's the car (our Caddy outside). Well, he glanced into the Tek, and sure enough, the radio was on...ALL NIGHT!!! No key was in the ignition. Thankfully, it started right up.

But we cannot figure out for the life of us, how did the radio stay on when he shut the car off and take the key out??

Other thing hubby said he has been noticing is when he puts the car in park, it has sometimes been locking instead of unlocking. Wierd...hope it's not the BCM.....
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2003, 11:14:07 AM »

:blink: whoa, It sounds liike you have a gremlin in your dash! The only way for me to get my radio to stay on without the key is to turn the key forward and back , take out the key, roll the windows down and crawl out the window. But still even if you did do that acrobat thing the radio would still  turn itself off after 15-20 minutes. My opinion, Take your baby to the doctor shes got something wrong. :cry1:
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2003, 03:21:28 PM »

Well, I hesitate to take him into the dealer, only because I know they will find nothing wrong.
It hasn't happened again since, so I'll just keep my eye on things. If more things start mysteriously happening, I'll have it checked out. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2003, 03:32:36 PM »

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Well, it didn't cause battery rundown, but I had this strange experience last night/this morning.....

Hubby pulled the Tek in the garage last night about 9 pm. Later on when he was out there, he kept hearing faint music. Didn't really think much of it...maybe it was coming from the neighbor's house.

This morning, when I got up, he said  "This is driving me crazy...since last night I have been hearing music and can't figure out where it's coming from." We looked around, listened outside, in the house, in the garage...nothing.

Finally I said, maybe it's the car (our Caddy outside). Well, he glanced into the Tek, and sure enough, the radio was on...ALL NIGHT!!! No key was in the ignition. Thankfully, it started right up.

But we cannot figure out for the life of us, how did the radio stay on when he shut the car off and take the key out??

Other thing hubby said he has been noticing is when he puts the car in park, it has sometimes been locking instead of unlocking. Wierd...hope it's not the BCM.....
Very strange - Doesn't sound like a BCM but rather maybe a ghostly friend you may have adopted with the car?

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