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20-04-2020, 12:39 PM
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Re: Not used for a couple of weeks = Flat Battery

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Job done .....

Did he advise on running the engine once a week .....
No, in fact he wasn't very talkative at all, but I suppose he's busy enough

But I'll do that anyway, and try to make it a longer trip than just to the supermarket
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20-04-2020, 12:45 PM
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Re: Not used for a couple of weeks = Flat Battery

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No, in fact he wasn't very talkative at all, but I suppose he's busy enough

But I'll do that anyway, and try to make it a longer trip than just to the supermarket
Since most of us are not using our cars very much, Which? Magazine have offered some advice:

Coronavirus: how to maintain your car during lockdown

Cars are designed to be driven Ė find out how to keep yours in good condition while itís not in use, or if you need to drive but your MOT is postponed
https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04...ring-lockdown/

Itís important to keep your battery maintained. Even when the carís switched off, electrical items running in the background (such as security devices) can drain the battery.
  • If your car is privately parked, you may want to invest in a mains-powered battery maintainer or trickle charger, which will keep it in tip-top condition.
  • If you canít realistically run a lead to your car, simply start it up once a week and let it run for around 15 minutes. Not only will this give the battery time to increase its charge, but will also circulate oil and fuel around the engine, which can prevent engine flooding in petrol cars.
  • While the car is running, turn the air conditioning on. This will help maintain the seals in the air conditioning system and reduce the chance of mould developing in your carís air circulation system.
  • Avoid turning your car on and off again in quick succession. The starter motor requires battery power each time, which wonít be replenished unless the battery is given time to charge.

Never leave your car unattended when itís switched on.
There's a section on brakes, too.
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20-04-2020, 05:38 PM
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If you run the air on turn the heating to full as well, it will prevent bacteria build up in the system particularly the vents
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05-05-2020, 10:57 AM
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Re: Not used for a couple of weeks = Flat Battery

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Not too sure now as it was decades ago, and I do mean a lot of decades but I think it was a Honda or a Morris 1300 (that shows how long ago!) where every gear change could be felt with quite a jolt.

The car that dispelled those first and only impressions was a VW Golf, it changed gear so smoothly it was a nice drive. I still don't like automatics though, they always feel as if I am out of control. Nice on a busy town drive though.
Ah! I love the Automatic.

Especially those with cruise control.

You can get on the M4 and put your feet on the dashboard and read your paper as you ride along.

(Only joking!)

First came across Automatics in the USA where many wonder why anyone bothers with manual gearboxes.

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Does it charge the battery if you just leave it ticking over same as when you're defrosting icy windows? If so, how long does it need to run for?
You need to take car for a 20 minute run circa 50mph.
I usually do this by visiting the supermarket in the next town.
Not my local one, two miles away,
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21-05-2020, 05:22 AM
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I haven't had a problem with my battery even though my car is not being used anything like as much as it was but I decided to spend some of the government's stimulus money on a new battery charger that can be permanently attached to the car while the latter is not being used. This particular charger was only $60 (£30) so not a big expense.

It is only able to charge at 1.5 amps but that is more than enough to just keep a battery topped up - I have another older charger that can be used to put a fair old charge into the battery in an emergency. This charger when connected also charges the auxiliary battery (for my fridge etc) via the DC - DC charger.



It came with the usual croc clips but I used a fused connection permanently fixed to the battery terminals.





Quite happy with that. Thank you ScoMo.


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28-05-2020, 03:08 PM
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My six-year-old battery failed today - .....

The AA attended within 15 minutes but their attempts to charge the battery were futile - their tests confirmed that it was deceased ....

Worse - the battery was non-standard so the attending mechanic had to requisition a Bosch replacement from a colleague ..... for £269 !!!!!
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28-05-2020, 09:40 PM
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Re: Not used for a couple of weeks = Flat Battery

Originally Posted by Omah ->
My six-year-old battery failed today - .....

The AA attended within 15 minutes but their attempts to charge the battery were futile - their tests confirmed that it was deceased ....

Worse - the battery was non-standard so the attending mechanic had to requisition a Bosch replacement from a colleague ..... for £269 !!!!!
Is your car one of those stop/start models Omah?
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