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Old 10-30-2018, 07:21 PM   #31
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I gotta say thanks to a lot of you! I didn't know about making sure to start the car and take it out every so often..Yikes, I let mine sit for almost 2 weeks actually...
You do not need to start it every so often. That is the worst thing you can do.

My cars & Jeep sit 6 months straight without being driven or started up during the winter.

Full tank of gas with stabilizer, tires aired up, fresh oil and a battery tender. Then let it sit

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I gotta say thanks to a lot of you! I didn't know about making sure to start the car and take it out every so often..Yikes, I let mine sit for almost 2 weeks actually... ( I couldn't make it out one weekend) ... If you go to start the Jeep after a week + of no movement, and it doesnt' start up, what would be the most likely cause? Battery? Does this compeltely kill the batter (as in I would need to buy a new one?) or does it need to be jumped and "primed" back up to full charge? (Sorry OP I didn't mean to hijack your thread, but you brought up a great point!)
Depends on the battery quality, how old it is and how deeply it is discharged.

An AGM battery will hold up better over longer periods of time. Lots to choose from but only like 2 or 3 companies actually manufacture all of them.

The factory battery and many of the cheap replacements can't handle it very well.

I just went through the exercise of leaving my Jeep for a week and a half and it completely killed the battery. Wouldn't take a charge. Wouldn't even click the starter relay. It was a cheapo from Walmart that I bought when I was on an extended wheeling trip and my factory original died. Lasted about 2 years and 3 months.

I had the same problem with my truck. They both sit in the garage for long periods so I have a dual port battery tender keeping both fully charged. It's good insurance against dead batteries.

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Depends on the battery quality, how old it is and how deeply it is discharged.

An AGM battery will hold up better over longer periods of time. Lots to choose from but only like 2 or 3 companies actually manufacture all of them.

The factory battery and many of the cheap replacements can't handle it very well.

I just went through the exercise of leaving my Jeep for a week and a half and it completely killed the battery. Wouldn't take a charge. Wouldn't even click the starter relay. It was a cheapo from Walmart that I bought when I was on an extended wheeling trip and my factory original died. Lasted about 2 years and 3 months.

I had the same problem with my truck. They both sit in the garage for long periods so I have a dual port battery tender keeping both fully charged. It's good insurance against dead batteries.



Thank you! I now have a Battery Tender in my amazon wish list for Santa :P
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This goes out to everyone here, any recommendations for a good Battery Tender? My battery is still pretty new (2016 JK)
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Depends on how you plan to use (or misuse) your battery. A three-step charger offers the most versatility but should meet the minimum charging current requirements (see picture below). In my case for the PC1500 battery that is 25A. I use a Pro Charging Systems PS2 marine charger with both channels connected in parallel for 30A. A trickle charger is fine as long as you don't put a sustained drain on the battery in use. Without sufficient charging current it may not bring the battery up to capacity.

Here is the Odyssey approved charger documentation:
http://www.odysseybattery.com/docume...V_chargers.pdf

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Buy this one...https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende.../dp/B00068XCQU

I have and use 4 of them, and they last about 5-10 years or more. Never had a problem with Battery Tender.
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Mine is mostly a fair weather/weekend cruiser. Occasionally I'll take it to work but my Frontier gets most DD duty plus there's a WJ in the mix now too. I tend to lean towards the idea of not running it until I know it will be ran for at least 20-30min. The buildup of condensation from constant start/stops is not your friend. Got foam under your oil fill cap? Run it longer. Mine will sit for most of the winter in the shop untouched. Clean, tires aired up, fresh fluids, battery tender to green once every week or two. I've done this with MANY different vehicles since the first motorcycle in 1992. Never An Issue! Carbs get all fuel drained, EFI gets full tank and stabil. Starting it for two minutes and shutting it down every week not only creates condensation but is bad for the battery too. Your taking a depleted battery, putting a high draw on it, then most likely charging it to a lesser state of charge than it was before you started in the first place.
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If you use it once a month it will be fine-- sitting for that period of time or less will not have any effect and the battery will be fine. If I was going to leave it setting for several months I would just disconnect the battery and not deal with the tender.

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