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Looking after your battery during self isolation

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by discool, Mar 23, 2020.

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  1. discool

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    It’s easy to keep your battery going. Use it. Self isolation doesn’t mean you can’t start your engine everyday and run it up to temperature. Even a little run is acceptable. After all, you are isolated in your car.
     
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    Starting your engine and letting it idle isn't exactly good for the engine, or even the environment
     
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    Pappasmurf Well-Known Member

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    We drive Land Rovers, we don’t exactly have the environments best interest at heart.
     
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    Just pop the negative off the battery :)
    I use a ctek on my P38's battery :cool:

    Cheaper ones are available. :cool:
     
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    Or the battery. It'll take an hour of running, just to put back what a few seconds of cranking takes out.

    As you know, a trickle charge is the best thing to keep the battery topped up, once a week or so.
     
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    Lend it to me and I'll drive it to work :D I'll even thrash it for you all the way there :p
     
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    I'm using cTek battery charger, but, charging the battery is not enough, especially for our old Landies.
    You should drive it for few minutes at least once/twice a week, otherwise, oil seals will be dried and you will start seeing leaks (yes, more than it is already leaks :) )
    Sludge will "sit" in the transmission's & engine oil passes and it may effect the transmission behavior.
    Bottom line, Cars should drive, not stand for a long time....
    Saar.
     
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    Took the negative of my battery when I parked it up in November - been sat there ever since, new battery?
     
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    That's a long time to leave a battery, but assuming it was fully charged and in good condition, it might be ok if you fully charge it again before trying to use it
     
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    Tbh, It's been in the LR for 3 years and was in my boat before that so its done well.
     
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    A lead acid (Pb) battery will slowly discharge itself, even if it's not connected. To remain in top condition, it needs to go on a trickle charge overnight, about once a month. ;)
     
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    Love to mate but I'm stuck 10000miles away ;)
     
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    That's not good. A flat battery is probably not very important at this moment in time then. :oops:
     
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    I used to have Trials motor that would be left for months at a time on occasion, I used to switch off the battery isolator and never had a problem with flat batteries.
    Cracking up your motor and letting it tick over is a good way of flattening your battery as it takes a whole chunk of energy to start the motor and you won't replace it ticking over for a short while.
    As the attached link advises, charging the battery every week or so is probably the best method of looking after your battery and/or removing the earth is probably a good second choice on older vehicles.
    It is worth remembering that once a battery has been left flat for a while it will be dead i.e. beyond recovery.
     
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