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Old 11-16-2011, 07:22 AM   #1
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Went out of town for 6 days and when I returned battery was completely dead. 5 months old vehicle. I had OnStar FMV installed and my thought was that it drained the battery. I called OnStar and they said the mirror has a self contained battery for power. I think that battery is just a backup and OnStar drawers power from the car. I know the GPS(nav) etc. is always on. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
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Went out of town for 6 days and when I returned battery was completely dead. 5 months old vehicle. I had OnStar FMV installed and my thought was that it drained the battery. I called OnStar and they said the mirror has a self contained battery for power. I think that battery is just a backup and OnStar drawers power from the car. I know the GPS(nav) etc. is always on. Any thoughts?
This isn't the first post about a battery dying after sitting for a while. I recall this item being brought up a few months ago. Unfortunately I do not remember much more about it. You can try seaching the forum to see if anything pops up.

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Old 11-16-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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Went out of town for 6 days and when I returned battery was completely dead. 5 months old vehicle. I had OnStar FMV installed and my thought was that it drained the battery. I called OnStar and they said the mirror has a self contained battery for power. I think that battery is just a backup and OnStar drawers power from the car. I know the GPS(nav) etc. is always on. Any thoughts?
I had my old XM receiver and brake controller kill a battery after about the same amount of time on my old explorer. Small draw, but over time, it can do it, especially with smaller batteries on newer cars.

Now, I make sure to unplug the brake controller when I'm parking it for a while at the airport, etc.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:45 PM   #4
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Sorta off topic (sorry to hear your situation). One of the first upgrades I always do is a battery. Yellow Top Optima. I leave a Kenwood UHF radio on constantly and have never had a YT die, only factory batteries. Expensive (about $150+) but worth it if you are solo and/or with nobody to jump your battery. Buys peace of mind, too.




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