Battery and cold storage of car for several months
I have a 1998 Corvette. It will be in a garage for cold storage and not driven for at least 4-5 months in CT. Do I disconnect the battery? Remove the battery and put on trickle charger? Is it safe to put on trickle charger while still installed, even though the car will be in storage and no one will be around to see to check on it daily?
Re: battery and cold storage of car for several months
A good battery will hold a charge through the winter if disconected from the vehicle adn left fully charged.
you may want to look into a battery monitoring charger, it is a trickle charger that is designed for long term use, it monitors battery volts and turns on when needed.
also put carpet squares or cardboard under the tires if you are parking on concreet. this will help prevent dry rot and flat spots
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Re: battery and cold storage of car for several months
This is not a big probleme at all if you going to park you vehicle for along period of time, you can leave you batterie instal in the car. this wil damage nothing and if you wil be home during that time you can start the engine evry 15 days for 5 minutes or moore to maintain the batterie cells. but to unplug or remouve the batterie from the car can be a good precaution if you not to be at home for a long period of time ....did you tried the solar slow charger batt ....verry cheap and safe nicolas
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Glad you asked the question.
You how ever did not say how it was stored.
In a garage or outside Loved or not loved???
This list will be long as to us anything over 30 days parked is old.
If your not a mechanic we can stop here. Have it towed to your local mechanic shop and start with.
Have all fluids and filters changed.
Inspect and replace hoses.
Pull and inspect brakes.
Repack wheel bearings.
Pull out fuel pump and inspect tank for rust.
Replace fuel pump Highly recommended.
Tires look at the 4 digit dot code ensure tires are not over 5 years old it reads like this first two numbers are the week of the year manufactured the last two numbers are the year.
This should get you started,
We fully expect you could also have seal problums even after you get it running.
Sorry for all the great news but a car not properly stored is bad news.
Hopefully you used a good fuel stabilizer before storage. Check your oil and coolant levels. If the car didn't smoke before storage, then you should be ok with starting it. If it did, you may want to spray a little dab of wd-40 or some other type of lubricant into each plug, or just remove airfilter and spray just a tad while starting, not really necessary, but can give you a little piece of mind. You should change your oil and filter at your first convenience, and when you do start it, run it for a good 20 minutes to burn off any impurities in the engine. Before driving, check your tires and air pressure. I would recommend changing tires if you see any signs of dryrot or cracking in the sidewalls before driving very fast(above 70). The rubber in tires will degrade over time, it is harder on them in storage than driving them.
I have not used my nissan micra 2003 for 7 months it has been stored in the garage but the engine has been started on a weekly basis but today the warning engine light has come on, the car has only done 2300 miles, SHOULD I BE WORRIED or is it because the battery has been disconnected in between starting the engine so it didnt drain the battery while it was standing in the garage unused, this has happened the day before i take it for a mot.....
Have your mechanic adjust the interlock between the trans and the brake. In doing so you will also adjust the brake light switch which should cure your battery drain problem.
If it needs and oil change, change it. If you haven't been driving it then no I wouldn't worry about the oil if it looks good. Pull out the dipstick, is the oil honey colored, maybe a little darker like maple syrup? If so it is good, if it is black and runs off the dip stick like water, change it. As said above check your tire pressure. Also check your tranny fluid, when a transmission sits over concrete for extended periods of time it "draws" out fluid, so if there is some spots on the ground I'd check the tranny fluid (People will say I'm crazy but I've seen it happen to the tranny fluid). Also I'd suggest checking the battery wells if your battery has them. Finally I would start the car if possible atleast ten minutes a month while it is sitting in the garage for extended periods, or if it is not going to be driven/started for a while add fuel stablizer to keep your gas good. If everything looks good (four months isn't that long) you are probably ok. If it gets cold where you are, and the garage wasn't heated, and the tank wasn't full of gas add some heat or something to take water out of the tank due to condensation.
You need to have your electrical system checked for excessive draw. If the shop that worked on it has not done so, bring it to another shop...This is a routine procedure which definitely should have been done at least after the second battery! I can't offer a solution or "quick fix" because without doing that procedure I'd only be guessing!!!
If you have a bad contacts at the battery, solenoid, ground and/or
starter .. it could exhibit this kind of activity ..
take the battery cables off the battery and clean those contacts till
they are shiny, trace the ground wire to the frame/firewall and clean
that contact (emery/sandpaper), and trace "hot" wire to
solenoid/starter and make sure that they are clean and tight .. another possibility could be the neutral safety switch .. try starting it in neutral