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Digger76



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England 2007 Freelander 2 TD4 SE Manual Stornoway Grey
Battery backup alarm sounder

FL2 2007

This week the alarm went off for no apparent reason 3 times on a very hot day, twice without sound and once with. Checked the windows, sunroof, boot, bonnet catches etc every time, then it apparently went away when the temperature dropped.

Today I'm getting a constant ticking from the battery backup sounder next to the battery. No way to turn it off other than than pull the plug. The ticking (chirp?) is much like that from a smoke alarm when the battery is failing.
I've read about this unit affecting the main alarm system with false triggers.

I know I can replace the unit, but where's the fun in that. Has anyone taken one of these apart before? Looks like grinding the case rivets off should get it apart. The battery is probably soldered in, replace it and put it back together. All fixed, or do you know otherwise?

Thanks in advance. 36.8 mpg - wife driving

Post #350671 1st Jun 2018 8:16 pm
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alex_pescaru



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Generally, as it has its own battery, a good practice will be to replace it once at 4-5 years, during service...
If they fail, the car will use the horn, as there is a permanent "talk" between CJB/alarm and sounder.

Post #350708 2nd Jun 2018 1:18 pm
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Digger76



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Thanks Alex, as you say, good practice would be to replace it at service time but here in UK we don't do that sort of thing until it becomes necessary. I wonder if any FL2 or Ford owner would voluntarily pay to have the sounder replaced "just in case"?

So far in my research I've found an advisory recall to have the sounder replaced due to problems occurring. That would explain the date label of 2010 on the sounder (the car is 2007). So it's been replaced already.
I have ordered a new battery online at £8.39 and according to the manufacturer it has an estimated life of 6 years.
I could have bought a used sounder for £20 but if changing the battery doesn't work, I can still do that.

Photos show metal case, the sealed unit and the pcb after cutting the case open.

Just waiting for the battery now.




 36.8 mpg - wife driving

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thehelper



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Hi, I know this is an old thread but I have a problem with the sounder going off. I have removed the unit and opened it like you did. The date on it is the same as yours although the car is 08. The battery seems to be holding charge at 6.5v

I was wondering whether to just leave the unit out or to order a new battery for it.

How did you get on, did a new battery cure the problem?

Post #377834 4th Sep 2019 6:27 pm
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Digger76



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In my case replacing the battery didn't help. The new battery discharges over a few days so it looks like there's a problem in the trickle charging circuit to it.

Without a circuit diagram to help I gave up in the end and didn't bother to refit the unit to the car.

I can live without a backup. 36.8 mpg - wife driving

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archie98



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Buy a Ford one from eBay they are exactly the same but cheaper

Post #377839 4th Sep 2019 7:53 pm
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thehelper



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No point wasting £30 on a used ford or LR sounder that may be just as bad as the original. I will leave it out, who needs a back up alarm on a 2008 Freelander.

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archie98



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£25 brand new in a sealed bag, that's what I paid

Post #377845 4th Sep 2019 10:25 pm
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