Laika Ecovip leisure battery not charging (1 Viewer)

Nov 29, 2022
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Hi everyone!

Finding lots more problems with my Laika ecovip (2000) to keep us busy!

The leisure battery doesn't charge... Took the battery to get tested at a local garage and he said the battery is not being charged from the alternator, but he didn't have time to work on it further for a few weeks...

Any ideas?

Many thanks
 
Oct 10, 2018
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Check the fuse (50a ?) near the starter battery + terminal or it may be that the battery split charge (parallel) relay is faulty ( or not getting a signal from the alternator ,if this is the case it would also stop the 3 x way fridge cooling on 12v with the engine running)
 
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lukebolger
Nov 29, 2022
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Check the fuse (50a ?) near the starter battery + terminal or it may be that the battery split charge (parallel) relay is faulty ( or not getting a signal from the alternator ,if this is the case it would also stop the 3 x way fridge cooling on 12v with the engine running)
Thanks! If I can find the relay, is there a way I can test it? I shall try to get another one, would an auto parts shop like europarts sell one over the counter? Many thanks!
 

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What electrics? If its an Elektroblock or CBE the split charge relay and fridge relay are inside the distribution unit.
 
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lukebolger
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I don't know how to check which electrics are in the motorhome

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Oct 10, 2018
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The control panel that has the habitation fuses on it may have a makers name/type on it ,there is information about your van to be found at www.ecovippari.com that you may find useful, in Italian, but can be translated .
It seems that the main fridge relay is (as Lenny HB said) on the rear of the fuse/control unit but the spit charge relay, , appears to be a separate item located somewhere else. ( I do not know its location but it should be easy to find a replacement if required)
Be sure to Check the fuse at the starter battery as , if it is blown it , will cause the same problem with the charging/fridge operation
 
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lukebolger
Nov 29, 2022
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Thanks Geoff!

I shal have a hunt for the relay. I have checked the fuse on the starter battery and it looked unbroken
 
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Looking at the link in GeoffnDee's post, there is a link to a manual in English.
Looking at the manual, on Page 21 is a wiring diagram. The 'Parallel Relay', which on here is usually called the split charge relay, is at the bottom left, number 9. You can see there is a 25A fuse in the wire from the starter (chassis) battery , and a 50A fuse in the wire from the leisure (auxiliary) battery.

Both these fuses need to be OK for the charge to go from the alternator/starter battery to the leisure battery when the split charge relay closes. The split charge relay is turned on by a signal from the alternator, usually called the D+ signal.
 
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lukebolger
Nov 29, 2022
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Thanks

I have tested the relay, it's working fine. The 50 amp fuse looks fine, but I couldn't find the 25amp fuse.

Would it be in the fuse box? If so, where is that located? Many thanks!
 
Oct 10, 2018
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I would expect it be close to the leisure battery + terminal ( I think it should be a 50a fuse at the starter battery and a 25a fuse at the leisure battery).
For future reference ,What was the location of the split charge relay when you found it ?

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