Leaving the Car - issues

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    After our last three months away we came home to a car with a flat battery, that was parked in front of the garage that had the charger in it and the brakes (despite handbrake being left off) were stuck so I couldn't push it back to get in the garage! Fortunately I borrowed a charger and an overnight sorted it.

    Just wondering what others do? I'm thinking about getting one of these so called 'Smart Chargers', but don't particularly like the idea of it being on for such a long time. Considering disconnecting battery, spraying WD40 all over brakes and discs etc.

    What do we all do?

    Dave
     
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    Useful to have an experienced named driver to 'excercise' it occasionally
     
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    We left two cars in the garage when we were away for two months the Smart does not go out in the rain so not worried about the handbrake but smart charger on the battery, the other is automatic so never pull the handbrake but again smart charger on battery.

    No problems.

    If you are going to park up for a long period try get the brakes hot before you park it up as this will help dry them out and then cover the wheels to stop rain driving in, leave it in gear but handbrake off.

    Martin
     
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    Smart charger?
     
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    I've got a good fitting cover for it this time that does cover the wheels which may help keep the driving rain out. The battery is in the boot, I can get a cable in by taking out one of the rubber bungs. Any recommendations on Smart Charger?
    Dave
     
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    :whistle2: Don't know anyone I trust that much...don't tell my daughter I said that!
     
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    Yes, apparently they detect battery condition and only charge as required, unlike the 20 year old Halfords one I currently have.
     
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    If you do consider disconnecting the battery make sure you have the radio code to hand
     
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    I use the C-tek XS 0.8 which will maintain a battery up to 100ah, the Smart Roadster battery is difficult to get to so I have fitted the trailing lead and plug that is an option (comfort connect) the other is easy to connect to the jump point under the bonnet and then shut the bonnet down. You can get extension leads for the comfort connect so possibly allowing the charger to stay under cover.

    Martin
     
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    Another vote for the Aldi smart charger - bought one this time last year when it was on offer - works perfectly. Ideal through winter.

    However, no need to race off to get one just yet - the offer doesn't come up until Thursday morning (22.10.15) and they are unlikely to be in store at the moment.

    Mike
     
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    Both cars with C-tek (connected via the cigarette lighter), brakes off, chocks front & back, SORN the MX5, don't SORN the A2. Generally away about 3 months. Never a problem. (Both cars in a garage.)
     
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    What ever you do,please don't put WD 40 on your brakes!!!
    You will never get it off,if you permanently damage the pads and make them unusable!!
    C tech chargers are brilliant for long term storage.I have 4 of them on the go all the time.
     
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    Cheers Mike, save from a wasted trip in the nick of time :).
     
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    I have one of these in a car at my dads, its in the window, not even pointing south and its kept the battery charged for a year and a half, winter an all. (y) pretty sure I paid a bit less than this about £26;)
     
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    Have been leaving a car regularly and us a trickle charger to keep the battery alive. Even in the garage with the hand brake of our Matiz would have a brake seizure.
     
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    it used to be recommended that you disconnect the battery when charger was connected is that still recommended?
     
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    It's been a C-Tek charger for me for last 5 yrs-proper job (y)
    Have left car for 4-5 mths at a time
     
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