Hi Everyone, tried my best to research this but the question pulls a lot of threads to other questions so posting up.
I bought my 2012 C-Max Energi about 4 weeks ago with about 50,000 miles on it in good shape, with standard maintenance and recall updates by Ford Store Morgan Hill.
Oddly enough, I drove it to work about 1 weeks after having it and driving it a handful of miles. We have the free charging, so I plugged it in to one of the chargers and came back in a couple hours when it filled up and moved it. Great, 23 miles on EV, then gas from Palo Alto home. Since I was using the freeway, I decided to store the EV and save it for later. I get home, park the vehicle and everything is fine.
Up until this point, I simply get in the car and push the start button and the green drive light turns on and off I go.
My wife and I go out of town for the weekend and use our other car. Sunday night comes around and I need to head to the store, so I head out to the car and try to unlock it with the fob, nothing. Try the handles, nothing. Great. Car is 100% dead. OK
Do some research and figure out a booster box will jump it fairly easy. I have one, no big deal. The next day I head to the Ford Store MH and they have the battery in stock. I buy it, take it home and install it myself (fairly easy, just a pain and time consuming). I use the battery box while changing it, so that I don't lose settings, etc. Everything goes well, car is running great since then - Except one thing:
Every time I get in the car it asks me "Is vehicle plugged in: Yes / No" - Once I select no, then I have to hit the start button again to get the green "ready to drive" icon to pop up.
Otherwise, the car is working great. This is just the most annoying thing ever.
Is there a way to disable this step????