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Location: Southern NJ & State College, PA
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Dead Battery (incl. battery charging)
Our smart stays at a vacation home of ours, about 2.5 hours from the closest dealer (in Pittsburgh). Yesterday, I found our smart's battery was dead - the last time she was out was November 23. smartusa had roadside service out within 35 minutes and gave our smart a jump. I ran it around the block (about a mile), and then let it run in the driveway for about 20-30 minutes to charge the battery. This morning, the smart started without a problem. This afternoon - could not start it up. Little power in the battery (wipers moved slowly, clock continued to work, door locks would not operate, emergency blinkers dead as well as headlights). Called smartusa road service 2nd time - arrived within an hour - same guy. Jumped again. Drove around for 20 minutes and included a brief stop at Home Depot.
Road service suggested I take the car into the dealer - easier said than done. Elsewhere on this board it seems there may be an issue with leaving the headlights in the "auto" position resulting in an 18-20ma draw on the battery. This symptom has appeared in late 2008 & 2009 builds. Apparently the factory has (or will) corrected this problem which requires a software update. No dealer nearby, so I guess smartusa will be jumping my battery until Memorial Day when I take the smart to the NJ shore.
Sorry for the long thread. Moral to the story - keep the headlights in the manual off position until you can bring your smart into the dealer for a flash update.
Has anyone experienced a dead battery problem? Cause? Solution? Please let everyone know.