In the last software update the AutoPi folks added spoken voice alert for changes in state. I was out driving on Saturday and was surprised by the sudden announcement that 4G connectivity had been lost. And an immediate repeat of that message. And again. And again…
Needless to say I was somewhat annoyed, so, whilst driving, ripped the panel off and pulled the ODB connection for the Pi. There was an immediate orange triangle warning on the dash with “Check electric vehicle systems”. But the car kept going and we were only going 10 miles down the road to walk the dog, so I carried on.
I then discovered in a car park whilst trying to reverse park that the shifter was stuck in Drive
Luckily I could forward park without issue and quickly tried turning the car off, and on again. Same warning. Now stuck in Park.
OK, let’s give it an hour whilst we walk the dog and see if it sorts itself out like the frozen dash did one time… no dice.
Before resorting to calling Hyundai Assist, I thought I’d try plugging in a normal ODB dongle and seeing if an app on my phone could read/clear the error. And it did. Sort of. I restarted the car after clearing. The error came back. I cleared it again and found I could get it in reverse and move back, but was now stuck in reverse. I very quickly ruled out clearing it again (takes about 90 seconds) to get into drive and get home, because who knows what could happen.
A phone call and 20 minutes or so later and the AA arrived. Their Bosch ODB system doesn’t know about the Kona yet, but we gave Ioniq a try as possibly the nearest relation. There were some errors that didn’t make much sense and couldn’t be cleared. He seemed to think that was down to not having the correct data for the Kona. The fuses were visually inspected and OK, so next step was disconnecting the aux battery for 10 minutes.
Success! The kind AA man followed us home to make sure we made it and it’s been absolutely fine since.
The moral of this story… never unplug an ODB dongle in a running Kona!