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Posted: 29.01.2024  ·  #1
When charging the battery on a 2018 Ducato, do you have to connect the charger direct to the battery terminals, or can the connections under the bonnet be used. Hope this isn't stupid question.

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Posted: 29.01.2024  ·  #2
As it is said there’s no such thing as a stupid question. I’m guessing as I really don’t know, that it it would be best to charge the battery direct, it should be under the the passenger foot space.

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Posted: 29.01.2024  ·  #3
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When charging the battery on a 2018 Ducato, do you have to connect the charger direct to the battery terminals, or can the connections under the bonnet be used. Hope this isn't stupid question.


It's always best to connect directly if you can.

If you are charging the Engine Battery, and the battery isn't visible, on some vehicles there is a large Red jump start position, in the engine bay, (Like my sprinter the engine battery is under the floor between the front seats ) you can connect to this with the red lead and the black to a good earth, engine block or Chassis .

For the leisure batteries than its best to connect directly, either individually or Red ( Positive + ) to one battery and black ( Negative - ) to the other Battery.

There is no such thing as a stupid question, If you don't know what the answer is, It's stupid not to Ask.

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Posted: 29.01.2024  ·  #4
Thanks guys for the quick replies. I am a bit concerned about getting the B0100-49 error or airbag warning light problem due to low voltage. I had the problem last year, and sent unit to Crash Data who sorted it very quickly . I thought I would just give the battery a wee boost before starting it in an attempt to stop that happening. Cheers.

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Thanks guys for the quick replies. I am a bit concerned about getting the B0100-49 error or airbag warning light problem due to low voltage. I had the problem last year, and sent unit to Crash Data who sorted it very quickly . I thought I would just give the battery a wee boost before starting it in an attempt to stop that happening. Cheers.


A suggestion to do with this fault, is never start your engine while connected to an external charging source, this can corrupt the airbag eeprom on the ECU.
In other words, don't start you van while connecting to EHU.

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Posted: 05.02.2024  ·  #6
Never be afraid to ask advice. There is a wealth of knowledge on here.

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Posted: 14.02.2024  ·  #7
Gentlemen/Ladies, I tried using the contacts under the bonnet to charge the battery, it appears to work. I used a multimeter on the contacts to check the voltage, connected up my battery charger and when it showed the battery fully charged, I checked with multimeter again and the voltage had increased. It seems to be more convenient than pulling up the cab floor.


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Posted: 15.02.2024  ·  #8
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Gentlemen/Ladies, I tried using the contacts under the bonnet to charge the battery, it appears to work. I used a multimeter on the contacts to check the voltage, connected up my battery charger and when it showed the battery fully charged, I checked with multimeter again and the voltage had increased. It seems to be more convenient than pulling up the cab floor.


Just remember that its worth while to lift the battery cover, to check the levels, particularity if yore battery is drops voltage a few times.

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