Re: Suspect Battery drainage after Viper alarm install
I am experiencing similar problem. The last time, in a matter of three days my battery was dead (apparently the cold Winter makes it worse too). Today my mechanic checked my battery and he believes the battery is OK and something is draining the battery power when the car isn't running. I now suspect the culprit is the installed Viper/Python security system. Here are some details:
1- I had a few sensors installed: shock, proximity, tilt and hood opening. A GPS module is also installed but I have not activated or subscribed to its monthly service as of yet.
2- I always put the alarm system on full silent mode. If a sensor is triggered, I only receive a warning message on my remote control with no alarm sound coming out of the car.
3- I had this installed by an authorized Viper installer but, I suspect he wasn't much of an experienced technician maybe just starting this carrier. He doesn't even have a garage and did the installation in the back of his house.
4- He also couldn't figure out how to make the remote starter work. This is a manual FJ Cruiser. I searched online and couldn't find any information on whether there has ever been a successful remote start installation on a manual FJ cruiser so, I didn't insist on that aspect. The important part for me was the security aspect of this sensors.
5- The sensors often give a false alarm. I had the authorized technician once reduced the sensitivity of the shock sensor, but it's didn't help. I now suspect the culprit is the proximity sensor. In a busy street, it false alarms every minute or so. Even in the quietness of my backyard from time to time I receive a false alarm.
I wonder if the sensors drain power even in full silent mode?
Because of all this trouble with false alerts, I now just prefer not to activate this security system at all. I would rather just lock the car with the factory remote control key.
I do not feel comfortable going back to the first technician. I am debating now on whether remove the whole alarm system off the truck. Or, how can I be sure a second technician is competent enough to fix the problematic installation of the first one? How can I even be sure it is fixable at all? It seems these sensors drain battery power even if installed properly.
Battery tender is not a solution since I don't have any electric outlet near the truck (not really practical).
Smart start programmed to start the car on schedule is not an solution either since as I mentioned, the remote starter does not work at all.
If indeed, the security system is the culprit, does a solar charger provide enough power to prevent the battery from going dead? I guess I need to find one that directly connects to the battery the truck's cigarette lighter charger port doesn't work when the engine is off.
Last edited by raminux; 01-06-2015 at 12:42 PM.