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#1118 of 1144 Fusion hybrid cold weather starting trouble
Mar 04, 2011 (4:12 pm)
i live in boston area and my 2010 ford fusion hybrid has been parked in the garage for 3 months since mid dec without use. when i tried to start now , it gives all kinds of msgs like 'oil too low' , 'not enough fuel' , 'please stop as soon as possible' etc. we know the gas tank is full and there is enough oil and i am wondering what i should do. would not using a new car for 2.5 months make it not start ? the car has 14000 miles on it. any help is appreciated..thanks
#1119 of 1144 Re: Fusion hybrid cold weather starting trouble [raman13]
Mar 04, 2011 (4:22 pm)
I seem to remember something in the manual about long term storage and dead batteries. You'll want to check that, I'll take a look too.
#1120 of 1144 Re: Fusion hybrid cold weather starting trouble [texases]
Mar 05, 2011 (7:55 am)
If the traction batteries are low, it will cause all kinds of problems. Then again, maybe the car needs a reboot.
#1121 of 1144 Re: Fusion hybrid cold weather starting trouble [raman13]
Mar 22, 2011 (6:01 am)
This is Seni with Ford Customer Service. I am sorry your Fusion Hybrid is not performing to your expectation. We recommend that your vehicle be inspected by a Ford dealership to determine the cause of any symptoms your vehicle may be experiencing. If there is no coverage under applicable warranties, recalls, or ESPs, repairs and services would be your responsibility. As you mentioned, the problem may be because it was off for so long, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. Your next step is to make an appointment with your servicing dealership to have your vehicle diagnosed. Please contact the Customer Relations Center at 800-392-3673, if further assistance is needed. Thank you.
Ford Customer Service Division
#1122 of 1144 Hooray for Ford Customer Service
Apr 11, 2011 (2:32 pm)
Nice post above.
As far as changing oil, I change the oil 10,000 miles on our Mariner Hybrid. Have been operating the 4wd SUV since November of 2006 without a problem.
Actually, at one service visit of a problem, our Ford dealer Maintenance department ended-up reseting the mileage reminder for oil changes! Duh.
I change my own oil & fiter. One day I looked at my maintenance book previous oil change mileage and compared it with the current mileage and found it was 870 miles over the 10,000 mile interval. The Mariner's computer had not put out the message about "Oil Change...." due to the dolts resetting that function.
I run full synthetic Mobile 1 oil...and I think there was no harm done.
#1123 of 1144 Re: Hooray for Ford Customer Service [wilcox]
Apr 11, 2011 (7:55 pm)
Mobil 1 is good oil, you were safe by at least 4100 miles.
#1124 of 1144 Re: Fusion hybrid cold weather starting trouble [raman13]
Jun 08, 2011 (6:09 pm)
"i live in boston area and my 2010 ford fusion hybrid has been parked in the garage for 3 months since mid dec without use."
My 2008 FEH owners manual has a warning about storing it for that long without starting the engine. Here is the warning:
"Your vehicle must be started and run for a minimum of 10 minutes once
a month in order to maintain the high voltage battery charge. This will
maintain the high voltage battery but it is not enough to maintain the
low voltage (underhood) battery and additional low voltage (underhood)
battery charging may be required after 60 days.
If your vehicle is to be stored for 30 days or longer, the low voltage
(underhood) battery negative terminal must be disconnected. Failure to
do this could damage your vehicle’s battery systems."
Jun 18, 2011 (5:38 am)
Any one want to take a stab as to why FFH sales are only in the 25k units/year range? I've had mine since May 09 and it's really an excellent car. Highly reliable, fun to drive, and Sync was an unexpected pleasure. It boggles my mind that Ford isn't selling at least 50-100k units per year of these vehicles. It must be demand as one would hope that the supply chain would be worked out after two years of manufacturing. Is its price influencing demand or is there another factor(s) at work?
#1126 of 1144 Re: FFH Sales [timothyf]
Jun 18, 2011 (8:01 am)
They are only able to obtain so many packs so that's why they limit production. Ford doesn't manufacture the battery packs, another company does, and I believe that company also supplies Toyota.
Hyundai OTOH I believe make their battery packs, or has exclusive contracts to have them made, plus they are LiPo batts and not NiMh, no competition, so they can produce more per year as demanded. I also noticed Hyundai, unlike Ford and Toyota want to sell the Hybrids and aren't asking premium prices, and actually are dealing on them. Go to Ford and try to get a FFH at invoice, not going to happen unless you personally know someone. There are some that have purchased the SH at just above invoice. Now if they can get special finance rates, then these would be very hard to find on lots as they would be on the road instead.