Recommendations for driving

Overloading the starter battery

Updated 7/23/2018

The electrical functions in the car load the starter battery to varying degrees. Avoid using the ignition position II when the car is switched off. Instead, use ignition position I - which uses less power.

Also, be aware of different accessories that load the electrical system. Do not use functions which use a lot of power when the car is switched off. Examples of such functions are:

  • ventilation fan
  • headlamps
  • windscreen wiper
  • audio system (high volume).

If the starter battery voltage is low, the message 12 V BatteryLow charge, will soon enter power save mode is shown in the driver display. The energy-saving function then shuts down certain functions or reduces certain functions such as the ventilation fan and/or audio system.

In which case, charge the starter battery by starting the car and then running it for at least 15 minutes - starter battery charging is more effective during driving than running the engine at idling speed while stationary.


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