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Old 11-22-2006, 09:05   #1 (permalink)
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Winter storage battery issue

I'm about to get ready for winter storage. Now, it was in the 50's for one week, then in the 30's, and I didn't drive my car for 10 days. When I finally went to take it out, I had one hell of a hard time starting it. I thought I'd have to jump the battery it sounded so sick, but I did manage to get it going. Took about 10-12 minutes for it to fully warm up and I didn't have to keep giving it gas (after 3-4 minutes). When I pulled out of the garage I noticed a liquid trail that appears to have come from the battery compartment. In those 10 days I'd swear the battery went dead because my radio lost its settings and only does that when the car loses power.

So, for winter storage, if I can't plug the battery into something (the garage where I rent has no electricity), what is my best course of action to keep the battery going?

I plan to go over every 2 weeks or so and start up the car, run it 10 minutes, drive a few miles, then fill up the gas tank (yea, a few ounces) so the tired won't flatten, all parts will move, etc. But this battery issue worries me.

I do have a booster thingie I keep in my trunk (and yeah, I know it runs down if you never use it, so I think I'll keep it in my house and just bring it over when I start it up) but is that wise to do, jump it every few weeks?
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Re: Winter storage battery issue

Goto Dick Smith,
they should be able to help you with a solar trickle charger. You will only need a skylight nearby to provide enough light. Whether this will supply enough charge to cover what the radio backup uses is debatable.

Your other choice is to disconnect the battery when not in use.

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Re: Winter storage battery issue

What is a "Dick Smith"?

And there is no skylight in my garage, it's a very old garage in a residential neighborhood.
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dick smith.....tandy, radio shack or similar.

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Re: Winter storage battery issue

Since I needed a jump last week, I decided to go with the battery tender. Cells were almost empty, no wonder she drained :(
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