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Old 09-20-2016, 09:02 PM
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I'm in a condo and don't have anywhere to plug a trickle charger in for the winter storage season in the underground parking lot of my building. Any suggestions (should I just disconnect the battery, or maybe leave it connected and call for a boost in the spring, or start it and drive it around the lot periodically)?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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I'm in a condo and don't have anywhere to plug a trickle charger in for the winter storage season in the underground parking lot of my building. Any suggestions (should I just disconnect the battery, or maybe leave it connected and call for a boost in the spring, or start it and drive it around the lot periodically)?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
I would pull it and then recharge it in your condo before installing it in the Spring. The draw over a number of months will be enough to pull the battery into deep discharge which will greatly decrease its life.

I don't think it is very practical but you could probably use one of the jump packs that has a built in inverter to power a trickle charger to keep the C7 battery installed and "topped off". This would require a lot of moving the jump pack from your condo (to recharge it) down to the garage to power the trickle charger. I wouldn't take this route but put it out there as an alternative if for some reason you want to try to keep the battery charged and have no nearby source of power.
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Start it every 10-14 days let it run for 15 mins and you will be fine
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Buy all season tires and take it out on clear winter days...that's what I'm doing.
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Buy all season tires and take it out on clear winter days...that's what I'm doing.
If you're going to buy all seasons you might as well get full on winters, all seasons are useless in winter and seeing as how you live in NY state I will assume you get snow. Roads with snow on them even on nice days are slippery and AS tires are useles for stopping on them. Trust me, I've been driving Corvettes and Mustang GT's in the winter for the last 18 years and dedicated winter tires are the only way to go in winter.
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I would pull it and then recharge it in your condo before installing it in the Spring. The draw over a number of months will be enough to pull the battery into deep discharge which will greatly decrease its life.
That's what I would do.
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That's what I would do.
Agreed.

I don't agree with starting it and letting it idle for 15 minutes every 10-14 days. You'd be doing more harm than good.
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I'd just make sure it's charged up, then disconnect the neg on the battery and not worry about it.
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winter sucks !
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It does, but I just keep driving, regardless. There are plenty of days in most places to get it on the road and up to operating temp and driven 30 miles or so once a month at least. However, the OP's location may be more difficult to do that.

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Originally Posted by DAFFYDRUNK View Post
I'd just make sure it's charged up, then disconnect the neg on the battery and not worry about it.
I know two people who have done this for the past two winters with no issue.
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Since you are only in Toronto and not the North Pole you have enough nice days without snow to take it out every so often so it should not be a problem. But if you really don't want the salt fling take the battery out and put it on a trickle charge in your unit.
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I also would either disconnect the battery or remove it and take it inside or somewhere that allows a battery maintainer.
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I am also in a condo and go through the same thing. The absolute best way to do this is to pull the battery as stated above. The second best, and it will work fine, it's to pull the negative battery cable after you charge the battery to 100%. You don't lose any settings, the car will hold the majority of stuff that you programmed in.
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I am also in a condo and go through the same thing. The absolute best way to do this is to pull the battery as stated above. The second best, and it will work fine, it's to pull the negative battery cable after you charge the battery to 100%. You don't lose any settings, the car will hold the majority of stuff that you programmed in.
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Originally Posted by Corvette ED View Post
Start it every 10-14 days let it run for 15 mins and you will be fine
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Originally Posted by Corvette ED View Post
Start it every 10-14 days let it run for 15 mins and you will be fine
Definitely not.
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Originally Posted by NSC5 View Post
I would pull it and then recharge it in your condo before installing it in the Spring. The draw over a number of months will be enough to pull the battery into deep discharge which will greatly decrease its life.

I don't think it is very practical but you could probably use one of the jump packs that has a built in inverter to power a trickle charger to keep the C7 battery installed and "topped off". This would require a lot of moving the jump pack from your condo (to recharge it) down to the garage to power the trickle charger. I wouldn't take this route but put it out there as an alternative if for some reason you want to try to keep the battery charged and have no nearby source of power.
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Definitely not.
Tell me why?
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Originally Posted by yyzz06 View Post
I'm in a condo and don't have anywhere to plug a trickle charger in for the winter storage season in the underground parking lot of my building. Any suggestions (should I just disconnect the battery, or maybe leave it connected and call for a boost in the spring, or start it and drive it around the lot periodically)?

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Whatever you do, don't start it for 15 min every few days. what that does is build up water in the exhaust system and rots the pipes since not enough heat will build up in order to dry the condensation. as would if you took a good drive. Also condensation in the oil system. bad idea.
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