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Old 03-12-2007, 06:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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can you store a car for 2 months without disconnecting the battery

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I was just woundering. Assumming I have the a good battery fully charged (using a charger driving to storage. Can I store the vehical with the battery connected (2004 mercedes c240) for two months and expect to start the thing.


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Old 03-12-2007, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i kept my clk stored for 3 months without disconnecting the battery. i did make sure to start the car and let the engine run for 5 minutes every 2-3 weeks though.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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On an old car I would always disconnect the battery. But I wouldn't have a clue what may happen to all the electronics on a modern car if they went without power. I would be careful and have another charged battery ready so if it didn't start after the storage you could quickly chuck it in. Or a starter pack.

Remember to disengage the parking brake as well. I had had this sieze completely on a 190 after a 2 week holiday and had to basically force the car to move until the brake disengaged with a big BANG!
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had 2 MB (ML320 and E320) cars sitting last year for 5 weeks with alarms on - without touching them.
Both of them started after with no problems. Batteries were 7 and 6 years old.
I think 2 months might be stretching if you want to use alarm. Get a battery maintainer.
In my motorhome storage I have no power, do I disconnect the cables for 4 to 6 months. So far the batteries never failed to start the engine after that period.
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I don't do that so I don't know for sure, but I think I would buy one of the battery trickle chargers for that long a time. Griot's Garage has one that looks pretty good.

A technician told me that if a car is not being driven for an extended period of time, it is best to start it and let the engine get up to at least operating temperature about once a week.
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A technician told me that if a car is not being driven for an extended period of time, it is best to start it and let the engine get up to at least operating temperature about once a week.
Operating temperatures? On diesel in cold temperatures often it takes 10-20 miles drive to get there.
I had my Detroit idling for 40 minutes at 75 F outside and it never reached 140F.
Farm/construction/emergency vehicles sit for 1/2 of the year with the "turn off the engine and climb out" technique.
Lot of them are 20-40 years old. Only the older tractors, that had vertical exhaust pipe require a coffee can on the top of it.

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Old 03-12-2007, 10:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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you can store it of course, but it will not start when you come back.
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you can store it of course, but it will not start when you come back.
Not necessarily true. Refer to previous posts. I've left cars sitting with batteries connected for a lot longer of a time than 2 weeks and the car started up fine.

My motorcycle can go about a month before it needs a charge to get it started again, with a lead-acid battery.
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Old 03-13-2007, 06:05 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For the past six years I have left a 1996 S420 in my garage for five to six weeks when we go to Paris in the spring. I have never had a problem starting it upon return. I now have a 2003 S430 and will very soon be leving it for five weeks. A driver uses the car to drive us to and from the airport and I dont want him to fool with the battary. Should I be concerned about this car?
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Hello,

I was just woundering. Assumming I have the a good battery fully charged (using a charger driving to storage. Can I store the vehical with the battery connected (2004 mercedes c240) for two months and expect to start the thing.


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Blau; recommend you get a Trickle Charger to trickle charge your Battery, but since your going to a storage area that's probably not possible.
I can recommend a SOLAR Trickle Charger. Costs less than $50 in most places
Remember; a MB uses the battery 24 hours a day. It maintains your computer, clock, memorys etc.
Another possible option; if your up to it is to get a Battery Cut-Off Switch for your battery. Its a knife switch that will terminate juice eminating from the Battery.

My personal recommendation is get a Solar Trickle Charger.

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