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Old 10-31-2013, 04:49 PM
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Another defective CTEK 3300?

I know, this subject has been beat to death. But once more with feeling…

Last spring I bought a CTEK 3300 and connected it to my Bimmer. I charged the battery for 10 days yet the green light (full charge) never came on. I mentioned it the the BMW dealer who replaced my battery under warrantee as a courtesy.

In September just before going in for shoulder replacement surgery I garaged the car and hooked up the CTEK. This time no lights came on. I sent it back to the manufacturer and received a new one a week later. I hooked that one up and it went into the charging mode. Because of my surgery I have not driven the Bimmer for the past 6 weeks. Today the doctor gave me the go-ahead on driving so I went down to disconnect the CTEK only to find that it is still showing the red charging light! This is the same problem I had with the last one.

Now I am wondering, is it the CTEK or is something wrong with the BMW? Tomorrow I will see if the car starts.

Has anyone else had problems with the CTEK 3300?

ps The surgery went well. I won't be fully recovered for the better part of a year but as least I am no longer a one-armed paper hanger. LOL
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:53 PM
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I am glad your procedure went well, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

My CTEK has been working great, and it's used regularly. I know they all can't be working perfectly, but yours is the first I heard of that "failed".

I vaguely remember your other thread, but I'm not sure what there is for better out there. After all CTEK is OEM for Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Maserati, etc. I think you said made in China? But maybe that's our only choice. I mean, you don't use a made in the USA cell phone, right...

Anyway, I hope you get to the bottom of this. Maybe some sort of parasitic draw test is in order? Grasping...
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:21 PM
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Another defective CTEK 3300?

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My CTEK has been working great, and it's used regularly. I know they all can't be working perfectly, but yours is the first I heard of that "failed".
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:38 PM
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After my premature battery failure due to "unfavorable driver behavior" i.e. driving short distances and being obsessed with a clean car which means many door open/door shut cycles without drive off, I was granted a new battery approximately one year ago. Since that time, about every 3 weeks on Sunday afternoon, the E93 mates with the CTEK3300. I can almost set a stopwatch on the procedure that in ~4 hours give or take a few minutes, the CTEK will go from orange to green.

So far, the CTEK has operated flawlessly.

Is your car garaged? If so, do you lock the car even in the garage? When I had my issue, the dealer service group reiterated that locking the car helps put the IBS system to sleep. Otherwise, (and this is corroborated in the Bentley Manual), the IBS will wake itself up every 6 or so hours and do a pulse check. If the car is left unlocked it takes additional time to completely power down.

Whether this is gospel or hearsay I won't say. All I know is that before I got in the habit of locking the car as soon as I get out - even in the garage - I could walk out into the garage 30-45 minutes later and I would suddenly hear a whir like a hard drive spinning. Since I've started the "lock upon departure" protocol, this mysterious whirring has ceased.

Good luck with your shoulder rehab.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:20 AM
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After my premature battery failure due to "unfavorable driver behavior" i.e. driving short distances and being obsessed with a clean car which means many door open/door shut cycles without drive off, I was granted a new battery approximately one year ago. Since that time, about every 3 weeks on Sunday afternoon, the E93 mates with the CTEK3300. I can almost set a stopwatch on the procedure that in ~4 hours give or take a few minutes, the CTEK will go from orange to green.

So far, the CTEK has operated flawlessly.

Is your car garaged? If so, do you lock the car even in the garage? When I had my issue, the dealer service group reiterated that locking the car helps put the IBS system to sleep. Otherwise, (and this is corroborated in the Bentley Manual), the IBS will wake itself up every 6 or so hours and do a pulse check. If the car is left unlocked it takes additional time to completely power down.

Whether this is gospel or hearsay I won't say. All I know is that before I got in the habit of locking the car as soon as I get out - even in the garage - I could walk out into the garage 30-45 minutes later and I would suddenly hear a whir like a hard drive spinning. Since I've started the "lock upon departure" protocol, this mysterious whirring has ceased.

Good luck with your shoulder rehab.
Kat,

I have the factory alarm, and feel that activating it (and the goofy clown nose) by locking the car (garaged) would result in a greater power drain than by not locking it.
Regardless, I use a Deltran trickle charger, and it's been performing as expected for over three years.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:18 PM
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In September just before going in for shoulder replacement surgery I garaged the car and hooked up the CTEK. This time no lights came on. I sent it back to the manufacturer and received a new one a week later. I hooked that one up and it went into the charging mode. Because of my surgery I have not driven the Bimmer for the past 6 weeks. Today the doctor gave me the go-ahead on driving so I went down to disconnect the CTEK only to find that it is still showing the red charging light! This is the same problem I had with the last one.

Guessing this is what you use. So. How exactly did you hook it up?

Typical 3 stage lead-acid battery charger.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:03 PM
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Kat,

I have the factory alarm, and feel that activating it (and the goofy clown nose) by locking the car (garaged) would result in a greater power drain than by not locking it.
Regardless, I use a Deltran trickle charger, and it's been performing as expected for over three years.
As I suggested, my locking the car is hearsay advice from the dealership. They also couldn't remember or figure out if I had CA so all bets are off with their suggestion with regard to an alarm equipped car.

For the record, my "low tech" E93 that has neither CA nor an alarm system has settled down and no longer whirs and gurgles long after parking it in the garage as long as I lock it upon exit. Of course, like I mentioned a few posts back, I'm now making it a habit to every 3-4 weeks give it a mainline injection via my CTEK unit.
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