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Old 10-27-2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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cars parked for 6 weeks - does that require any prep?

I am going to be gone for a little over six weeks. Do I need to disconnect the batteries or otherwise do something in preparation for it? I have read all the tips for Winter storage, but I am not sure what's wise for a short period like six weeks.

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I've left my Box in the garage for 6 weeks without even thinking about it. Just left it on a trickle charger and it started up fine when I needed it.
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I've left mine fully charged with a battery maintainer connected. Did nothing else to the car except start it up when I got back from Atlanta.

Note I used a maintainer and not a trickle charger as the maintainer shuts off totally when the battery is fully charged where a trickle changer just continues to charge at a low rate cooking the battery over a multi-week period.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:39 PM   #4
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:59 PM   #5
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Go with the battery maintainer. There is a Carrera GT at my dealer that was never driven (and I mean never, has less that 50 miles on it) that was overcharged and now faces a ton of electrical issues. The car is basically cooked. I've never had to leave my car for this long, but I'm sure you will be fine.

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
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Just park it, this time of year should not be an issue. The worse that could happen is that might have to buy a $60 battery.
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If you dont have a battery maintainer, just disconnect one of the terminals. Depending on the condition of your battery, it may drain down otherwise.

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If you dont have a battery maintainer, just disconnect one of the terminals. Depending on the condition of your battery, it may drain down otherwise.

Just don't do what everyone else does and close the front trunk after you disconnect the battery. That's a guaranteed way to get locked out of your trunk! This just happened to one of our local PCA members.

Personally, I'd leave the battery connected so that I could close and lock the front trunk and also leave the alarm on. I doubt a battery will drain too much in just six weeks....

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Use a maintainer; don't disconnect the battery. Your car's ECU will go to default mode and need to re-learn everything it has adapted over time.
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I've been gone 3 weeks the longest and the S started up just fine, but it was a new varta battery Safer to go with the a/m suggestions for 6 weeks i guess.
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+-1 on the maintainer

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Use a maintainer; don't disconnect the battery. Your car's ECU will go to default mode and need to re-learn everything it has adapted over time.

All who mentioned the maintainer are giving you good advice. I use the maintainer (bought from Porsche but can be had cheaper) and have left the car idle for many weeks during the winter but still like to get it out and drive it even if it is cold as long as it is dry and have not had any problems. I now have the light Braille Battery and I keep it on maintainer when not driving it and so far have had no start up problems.

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