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    What's the best way to store a car on the drive?

    I thought I'd been keeping the battery looked after by running the car for 10-15 minutes every few weeks and moving the car around the drive a bit.

    I tried to start it today and it did virtually nothing, battery flat I assume.

    Have I been running the battery down rather than keeping it topped up? Any tips on how to store it properly as it'll be there for another 6 months or so.

    Thanks!!!

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    Bump start it and take it for a short trip 2 shops.

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    Dellboy182;5636445

    Bump start it and take it for a short trip 2 shops.



    It's stored on the drive for a reason!

    Inflate the tyres between 10-15PSi MORE than they should be. This way they won't flat-spot. Disconnect the battery and keep it somewhere safe. Re-connect when you need to, and be prepared for a bump/jump start. Then take for a decent 15-20mins run to clean up the brakes and blow the exhaust through. Voila !

    Starting a car can take about 20mins charge out of the battery and will also discharge itself over time. Disconnect the battery when not in use and charge it before you reconnect and run the car. I would also think that you should try and move the car at least a few feet where possible.

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    kyalion;5636466

    Inflate the tyres between 10-15PSi MORE than they should be. This way … Inflate the tyres between 10-15PSi MORE than they should be. This way they won't flat-spot. Disconnect the battery and keep it somewhere safe. Re-connect when you need to, and be prepared for a bump/jump start. Then take for a decent 15-20mins run to clean up the brakes and blow the exhaust through. Voila !



    Thanks, so I can leave it where it is and not move it about every few weeks or start it every few weeks?

    Just take the battery out? Why can't I disconnect it and leave it in there?

    Sorry for all the questions, I am rubbish with cars!!

    I think what you have been doing is right, just disconnect the battery between starts.(you may have a small drain on the battery when switched off, alarm etc)

    As you say a run out is not possible I assume because it is not taxed and mot'd

    You need to move it a little to stop the brake cylinders seizing.

    Benjimoron;5636460

    What's the best way to store a car on the drive?



    With the hand brake in the UP position :thumbsup:

    I think hes talking security, just disconnect it so it doesn't run itself down slowly. I'm guessing you have a suspended lisence or the car is no longer on the road legally. Your disks are going to rust slowly sitting around doing nothing, mine get spots on them all the time as my car is only used a little in the week due to working from home and then gets 300-400 miles of a weekend (visting the world)

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    Adam2050;5636515

    I'm guessing you have a suspended lisence



    lol, I have a clean license thankyou very much!!!

    So in summary, best to disconnect the battery and plug it back in every few weeks to start the car and move it about for 15 mins?

    Is it easy to disconnect the battery? I'm not going to kill myself am I?

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    greg_68;5636495

    alarm etc)



    lol, when I went in it the other day I realised I'd left the driver's door unlocked and the window open for weeks! There were spiders webs everywhere!!!

    and do be tempted to run it on RED(ten) Diesel, it will slow it down and then the next day you will find it wont run at all :whistling:

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    harlzter;5636763

    and do be tempted to run it on RED(ten) Diesel, it will slow it down and … and do be tempted to run it on RED(ten) Diesel, it will slow it down and then the next day you will find it wont run at all :whistling:



    lol!

    Took me a while to get that.

    Checked the thread the other day, odd person still posting.

    Benjimoron;5636777

    lol!Took me a while to get that.Checked the thread the other day, odd … lol!Took me a while to get that.Checked the thread the other day, odd person still posting.



    I have the odd look too now and then, just puts it into perspective when you meet poor customer service elsewhere, looking at that and remembering reminds me it could always be worse!

    Benjimoron;5636490

    Thanks, so I can leave it where it is and not move it about every few … Thanks, so I can leave it where it is and not move it about every few weeks or start it every few weeks?Just take the battery out? Why can't I disconnect it and leave it in there? Sorry for all the questions, I am rubbish with cars!!



    The only reason being that if it's to be left in the middle of winter, that may kill the battery. Not an issue this time of year. Would prevent joyriders and thieves though !

    Couple of things to consider.

    Batteries are best stored fully charged. I use an 18W solar panel to keep the battery topped up when not in use. Alternative, if it's on your drive is to buy a cheap battery charger and charge the battery every couple of weeks though this may become tiresome. If you are going to run the car to charge the battery, then do so with slightly raised revs. The average alternator is designed to give decent output from about 1.5 to 2k revs. at idle, it is not pushing out a lot of current and is not charging the battery much.

    As for the handbrake comment. DO NOT leave the handbrake on, use blocks and move the car forward and back when you can at least one tyre rotation. failing this then axle stands may be a better option. Leaving the car in gear is an option depending how steep the drive is. The handbrake will seize on if left engaged and leave you with an immovable car.

    Also consider that the petrol will deteriorate over time as well. So keep it low (not empty of you'll drag the rubbish at the bottom of the tank into the fuel system) on fuel and add small amounts of fresh fuel for each start. If you are not starting it for over a month, consider unplugging the spark plugs and turning over on the starter for 30 secs before you re-connect as this should distribute some oil to the top of the engine before you ask it to spin at 750 rpm or more

    in summary.
    No handbrake unless you are moving it every couple of weeks
    Keep the battery as near full charge as possible (charger, solar panel or running for 10 + mins above idle speed)
    move the tyres (Jack up and spin them individually if needed) and don't forget the +10 - 15 psi mentioned above as this will help.

    Consider a service when you do get it back on the road (oil, filter and a fresh tank of fuel)

    If you go for the solar option, I would suggest 12Watt minimum. I tried a 6w and found that it helped, but did not keep the battery charged. IIRC 18W is about the max you can use without a regulator to control the charge (prevents over charging)

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    Tanchi;5636506

    With the hand brake in the UP position :thumbsup:



    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    NOT!!

    woman...:roll:

    dude, check this -

    a) did you have the deck on? playing some tunes?
    b) are you sure all the lights in the car are off? cant tell during day if the light above your head is sometimes on or off.

    turn OFF both of these, even when the car is on you dont need the car door lights or any of that. turn it off. possibly why your battery conked out.

    if you have enough petty, have checked the oil and water, and the battery dies....

    dont need a jump start!

    just push start it. it will work. trust me. ask smeone how to work the clutch and gas whilst push startin, it'll take a min tops.

    also, might be worth considering checking the alternator

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    greg_68;5636495

    I think what you have been doing is right, just disconnect the battery … I think what you have been doing is right, just disconnect the battery between starts.(you may have a small drain on the battery when switched off, alarm etc)As you say a run out is not possible I assume because it is not taxed and mot'dYou need to move it a little to stop the brake cylinders seizing.



    +1 - especially if being left for 6 months. Just roll it back and forwards about a foot.

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    Benjimoron;5636699

    lol, I have a clean license thankyou very much!!!So in summary, best to … lol, I have a clean license thankyou very much!!!So in summary, best to disconnect the battery and plug it back in every few weeks to start the car and move it about for 15 mins?Is it easy to disconnect the battery? I'm not going to kill myself am I?


    why not just disconnect the battery and trickle charge it 24 hours before you want to re-use the car.
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