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Hi guys

My forester is 3 yrs old with low mileage, so you would think the battery is still in good nick..but as I haven't used the car for 4 wks cos' of the 'virus' there wasn't enough power in the battery to start it.

obviously I need to charge the battery , but disconnecting the battery will no doubt upset the radio code..?? I cant find any code for the battery in my car info only a code for the security.

I have phoned the garage but obviously no one available.... would appreciate any suggestions..

would it be straight forward to charge the battery in the car ?..if so is there anything I should be aware of.

cheers.

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Just charge in car and if need pull battery for short period time (such as replacement) make a diy keep alive tool out of a pp3 battery or 12v power tool pack and some elec cable and 2 croc clips .

Rapid drain is known issue on newer cars, ideally want look at a solar topup charger, Battery life will be seriously reduced due to prolonged discharge state  so best avoided as much as possible for convenience and your wallet and environmental waste  .

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As Mr B said, just charge it in situ. We've had a similar issue with our XV so I fed the charger leads up through the front of the wheel arch so I could shut the bonnet and lock the car (Important: check the croc-clips are clear the bonnet before closing!)

As for the radio, if you have the standard STARLINK touch-screen unit there isn't a code. I was "experimenting" with the current drain and disconnected the battery and the radio was fine, including the preset stations. I don't know about older radios but if the car is three years old I would expect it to be the STARLINK unit. The only things that needed resetting after re-connecting the battery were the time, date and auto driver's window function (very straightforward and in the manual; takes about 10 seconds.)

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Many thanks Mr B & SebP10 your input is much appreciated.. I would rather disconnect the battery from the car and trickle charge it , but was wary of upsetting the electrics....

SebP10 you mentioned the  auto drivers window function, can you elaborate please ..I don't see it in my owners manual.

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If the battery is disconnected the one-touch function on the driver's window is deactivated. The instructions to reactivate it are towards the end of section 2 in the manual, but it's very straightforward:

Close the door

Turn on the ignition

Open the window to half-way

Close the window but keep the switch pulled up for 1 second after it is fully closed

Push the switch right down and it's done!

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Amazing!! It's been months since I last signed in to the Club and did so a few seconds ago because I had a problem for which I was seeking a solution. My battery ran flat and since replacement the one touch window control on the driver's side does not work. The very first post I found was this one! I'm not usually this lucky. Thanks Seb and everyone else.

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