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      02-10-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Guys, I keep getting this error message ( Battery discharging while stopped: electrical devices were temporarily switched off) has any one got this massage? It's the second time that's coming up for me.
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      02-10-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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No, but it surely is time (you are under warranty ??) for a visit to your dealer. BTW, because some iDrive error messages may come and go I keep my smart phone handy to take a picture of the alert - it's made my (past) issues easier to document when a code isn't stored &/or easier for the service adviser to track down.
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      02-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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My car is only 2 month old, 2013 535i x drive msport.
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      02-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #4
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I had this problem on my car when it was about 6 months old, the dealer replaced the battery under warranty. Problem hasn't come up since, it's been 2 years since it was replaced.
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      02-10-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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I've been getting this error message at least twice a week since I bought mine in September. It occurs in the morning as I start the car to leave for work. When this occurs the steering wheel doesn't automatically lower itself to my saved setting as it normally would otherwise. So, I have to push the comfort settings assignment button on the door.

I was under the impression that the battery was overcharged and this is what was happening in order to maintain a set voltage level in an effort to extend the batteries life.

I am going to call the service department tomorrow to check on this. I'll post a response tomorrow based upon what I find out.
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      02-10-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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I've been getting this error message at least twice a week since I bought mine in September. It occurs in the morning as I start the car to leave for work. When this occurs the steering wheel doesn't automatically lower itself to my saved setting as it normally would otherwise. So, I have to push the comfort settings assignment button on the door.

I was under the impression that the battery was overcharged and this is what was happening in order to maintain a set voltage level in an effort to extend the batteries life.

I am going to call the service department tomorrow to check on this. I'll post a response tomorrow based upon what I find out.
Same thing here man. I have the exact problem!
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      02-11-2013, 12:02 PM   #7
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I got that all the time when I had the JB 4 installed. Since I took it out it hasn't happened.
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      02-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #8
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I got that all the time when I had the JB 4 installed. Since I took it out it hasn't happened.
So you don't use the JB any more. Terry just came out with a new firm that I installed last night and he said it should fix the problem. But for some reason I feel the firm I had before it was better.
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      02-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #9
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I had this problem before the JB and after so i don't think its that. I get the message every week but the car runs and starts fine.

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      02-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #10
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I got that all the time when I had the JB 4 installed. Since I took it out it hasn't happened.
So you don't use the JB any more. Terry just came out with a new firm that I installed last night and he said it should fix the problem. But for some reason I feel the firm I had before it was better.
What is the firmware supposed to fix?any added power benefits?

And mine isn't installed right now because I've been lazy and don't want to install it yet haha
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      02-11-2013, 07:33 PM   #11
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I've been getting this error message at least twice a week since I bought mine in September. It occurs in the morning as I start the car to leave for work. When this occurs the steering wheel doesn't automatically lower itself to my saved setting as it normally would otherwise. So, I have to push the comfort settings assignment button on the door.

I was under the impression that the battery was overcharged and this is what was happening in order to maintain a set voltage level in an effort to extend the batteries life.

I am going to call the service department tomorrow to check on this. I'll post a response tomorrow based upon what I find out.
Just spoke to a service rep at BMW and explained the error message in question. He said it is most likely a battery problem. However, he said I need to bring my car in so that they can run a diagnostic test on it to specifically identify the problem.
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      02-11-2013, 09:58 PM   #12
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I've been having the same problem for a good month.
especially on really cold days.
I even recharged my battery, and it help for like 5 days, but came back.
time to take her in lol.
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      02-11-2013, 10:07 PM   #13
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That's what I need to, I have to bring my car to service.
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      02-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #14
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Just spoke to a service rep at BMW and explained the error message in question. He said it is most likely a battery problem. However, he said I need to bring my car in so that they can run a diagnostic test on it to specifically identify the problem.
Got an appointment scheduled for Thursday morning. Will post the outcome Thursday evening.
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      02-12-2013, 10:50 PM   #15
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Any one with the jb4 ask terry to send you the new firm. I think it fixes the problem on some cars .
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      02-15-2013, 04:40 PM   #16
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Just picked up my car from the dealership this afternoon. They performed a diagnostic scan on it yesterday.

Here is the description of the outcome on the report:

3867 Scanned vehicle found fault for unathorized waking of vehicle.
Load tested battery. Good battery diag code (B8809-x56IV). Performed energy diag. Found frequent wake ups by touchless tail gate opening. Cleared fault and checked OK. Performed parasitic draw test - less than 0.03 amps. Vehicle entered sleep mode. Test drove vehicle 5 miles - checked OK.

In summary, the battery was fine. The issue that was causing the message, "Battery discharging while stopped: electrical devices were temporarily switched off", was as a result of frequent failed attempts to open the trunk via the foot activated touchless tail gate sensor without possession of the key fob.

The service guy called me this morning and asked if I was parking the rear of my car close to something that might be attempting to activate the touchless tailgate every day.

I back my car into the garage. The distance between my work bench and the rear bumper is about 1 foot. What is happening is that when my kids come into the garage from the house they have to walk in between this small gap between the cars rear bumper and the work bench to get to their bicycles. As a result, their feet are apparently moving close enough to the rear bumper such that the sensor tries to open the trunk lid and fails. Since the effort fails, as they do not have the key fob with them, it apparently causes the electrical system to shut down all electrical activated devices as a form of protection from otherwise unnecessariiy draining the battery.
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      03-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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Glad they figured it out. btw what year is your car?
I have an 2011 528i and i don't think i have the touchless trunk opening feature
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      03-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #18
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Never mind I just saw it in your sig. So 2011 didn't come with this feature?
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      03-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #19
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Mine was from my auxillary fan running too long after ignition was turned off. They tried to blame it on my Dinan tune, but there is a bulletin out for it with reprogramming. Hopefully that will fix it.
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