Radio Only Works For 20 Minutes!

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  1. Petew

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    Just bought a new van conversion on a Fiat Ducato base. ( IH 600RL)
    It has a fitted Fiat radio. When the ignition is switched off the radio turns itself off after 20 minutes.
    The radio wants wiring to the leisure battery, does anyone know who could do this job for me in the north west?
     
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    It's a feature of the radio found on most car and van radios to stop you draining the battery and not being able to start the engine when you need to. It doesn't take as long as you might think!
     
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    You can set your radio to stay on longer (the 20 mins is the factory setting)

    Have a quick look at the Fiat radio manual (y)
     
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    Instructions here to extend the time.

    As you say, a better long term solution would be to rewire to the leisure battery.
     
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  5. Petew

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    Hi TheCaller

    Unfortunatly I have a more up to date radio, which does not have a FM AS button so I can't increase the time!
    The manual does not tell me anything to give me more than 20 minutes playing time.
     
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    There will be two positive wires going into the back of the radio usually red and yellow. One will be permanently positive and one only positive when ignition is on. Cut both then tape up the one from ignition and feed from the other to both possitive terminals.

    Your radio will then stay on until you switch it off. It will still be connected to vehicle battery though.

    You should be able to identify the wires from your manual if you can 't use a multimeter

    Dick
     
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    We have the standard uconnect radio on a 2015 Ducato. More often than not there is a fan running behind it which we cannot work out is normal or not. It's quite loud and mainly runs with the ignition turned off. Nothing about it in the manual.
     
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    I've heard the latest DAB radio you can get for the new Ducato seems to be impervious to the trick to get it to stay on longer. Permanently wiring it to the battery will work but make sure you carry jump leads!
     
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    image.jpg This worked on my 2012 Fiat Ducato motorhome but I understand not on the newer vehicles. Try it if you wish.
    Best wishes from a Pom in Oz.
     
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    Mine too, bloody annoying. Anyone got a solution?
     
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    Mine was wired by Rapido with two supplies and diodes to prevent crossover.
     
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    Yes - Portable DAB radio with rechargeable battery which lasts ages between charges.
    I carry a mains and 12v chargers.
     
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    Sorry, can't see how that solves the issue :worried:
     
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    Because my portable radio doesn't switch off after 20 minutes or even 20 hours if necessary!:)

    Furthermore it wont flatten your starter battery.:rolleyes:
     
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    On our new Ford Transit mini-buses the radio does the same 15-20 minute turn off but if you hit the on button when the ignition is off you get the radio on for an hour. Don't know if Fiat are the same but worth a try. At least it's a sight longer before you have to hit the button again.
     
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    Not the point I was raising, it was the fan sound (y)
     
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    Ah sorry but that's easily sorted .........

    [​IMG]:wink:
     
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    Funny that, I do wear ear plugs at night :LOL:
     
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    The yellow is switched live BUT........
    Connecting both yellow and red will leave the radio in PERMENANT standby/memory mode.
    The amplifier will be powered even when the radio is turned off draining the battery.

    I fitted an aftermarket radio and did the same wiring mod only to find the battery flat after a very short time.
    The radio was drawing 195 milliamps when turned off as the amplifier was still powered up.
    195ma doesnt sound much but thats per hour.
    Multiply that by 168 hours (1 week) and its 32.6amps....almost 50% of an average starter battery.
    Once I sorted that problem the drain dropped to 9 milliamps per hour and never had a flat battery again.
     
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    Rather than just joining red and yellow, put a switch in the line feeding what would have been the ignition controlled terminal. You then have manual control regardless of the ignition status.
     
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