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I’ve hadn’t captur for 3 months and done 400 miles. The auto on/off is often disabled due to battery. With lockdown I’ve done little driving.

yesterdayi got a amber warning saying electrical fault, the engine cut off then restarted. It did this twice but each time it ran its normal checks that happen when I start the car then said it was ok. Then later that day it flashed up red engine failure and stopped but started back up fine. The messages all disappeared.

phoned the garage this morning who suggested I try it today and it was ok so they think battery but can’t get me in for a week. I need the car. Is it realistic that the battery is just not getting opportunity to charge due to short journeys?
I’ve a long drive tomorrow and a bit concerned
 

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Absolutely. The battery won't say charged if the car is not used. The long drive tomorrow should help.

Ideally if you don't plan to use it, it would be good to buy a charger... assuming of course the obvious that you park near your house.
 

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Absolutely. The battery won't say charged if the car is not used. The long drive tomorrow should help.

Ideally if you don't plan to use it, it would be good to buy a charger... assuming of course the obvious that you park near your house.
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Will do. Yes only had it about 3 months but with restrictions the most it’s done is trips about 10 miles twice a week at most with 2 80 mile trips in amongst this. Fingers crossed for tomorrow!!
 

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Unfortunately "smart charging" systems are rubbish since they assume that the car will get regular use. With lockdown many people only use the car infrequently, so you want the battery to be charged to full at the earliest opportunity. This is against the logic of "smart charging". if only there was a button to disable smart charging and ensure that the battery was always charged fully as soon as possible. I have a similar issue with both my cars, the auto start-stop has been greyed out for many months, although at least I have started the Kuga a couple of times after 5 weeks (or more) of non-use and it has sprung into life the instant I hit the "start" button
 

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Update as promised. Drive down fine, 5 mins through an urban area, 20 mins on a 60 road, 25 mins down the motorway then 15 mins through a town. I had everything off (ie radio, temperature control and sat nav) it ran fine.
Was parked for 3 hrs then came home 10 mins in it cut out with same warnings twice but restarted fine. Ok the rest of the way. Seems to be when I drop to a low gear at junctions and roundabouts. Will wait and see what they say on Tuesday. Disappointed as I was warned against buying Renault but had dusters since they came out which is a Renault engine and no problems. This car was a treat to myself after a difficult year and loved it but now lost confidence in it
 

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What did the warning light actually say. Is it cutting out only when idling?
It flashes up Electrical Fault or words similar and the dashboard lights up like a Christmas tree. I’m still moving forward at that point albeit slowly then the engine cuts out then it restarts. The first time I thought I’d just stalled but the other times I know that I didn’t.
 

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Electrical fault is better than engine failure. The garage should be able to tell you if there are any fault codes logged. If not, the fact that the car restarts suggests to me the battery voltage is causing this. Not good I know but there is no reason your captur should be any different from your duster
 

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Sounds like a definite fault, it is now a question of whether or not it has been logged in the computer's memory, plus the experience and "skill" of the technician who gets the job of investigating it.

Fingers crossed that it can be found and corrected quickly and in one visit
 
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