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Dad was doing the routine school run in the morning. He started the car and then all the warning lights in the instrument panel went blinking. In the LCD between the speedometer and tachometer, it says 'Electrical System Failure'.

The whole instrument panel wasn't working and was without the green backlighting. The satnav screen's buttons (Sport, M/A Shift, etc) were also unlit but the aircon, ambient lighting and rear seat lights were all working.

My dad decided to go ahead and drive the car anyway. The car travelled for a few dozen miles for at least an hour without any problems. He drove back home, called our Sales rep to come over to check.

About an hour later, he arrived. After he started it, everything went back to normal. He didn't do anything to the car at all.

Can anyone explain this?! Thanks. :cool:
 

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The electrical system is underpowered and beleive it or not it's "normal" for the car to shut off some functions, primarily the climate control stuff, until the alternator has a chance to rechartge the battery after a cold start. Makes it fun on those cold mornings when you have no heat or defrost until everything comes back on line.

If you see the "Low Bat" indicator in place of the internal temp - that's what's happening.
 

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Steeldream said:
The electrical system is underpowered and beleive it or not it's "normal" for the car to shut off some functions, primarily the climate control stuff, until the alternator has a chance to rechartge the battery after a cold start. Makes it fun on those cold mornings when you have no heat or defrost until everything comes back on line.
That's some interesting stuff Steeldream... Thanks!
 
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