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Old 11-08-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
Alicia Michel
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Disconnect car battery when going on holiday?

If I am going on a holiday for three months, should I disconnect my car battery? It will be summer during that period. And how do I disconnect the car battery? I am looking at the Toyota owner's manual and it says nothing about that, and I am a bit useless with cars
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:54 AM   #2
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Re: Disconnect car battery when going on holiday?

Generally speaking, if the car is going to sit unused for that length of time, it is better to put it on a battery tender if the battery is old. If the battery is newish (less than 2 years old) then it SHOULD hold its charge even after 3 months of bnot being used.

A lot of people use battery tenders when they have unused motorcycles, etc. during the winter months. I use my motorcycle during the winter, but my wife doesn't, so we throw hers on the trickle charge and it stays fully juiced.

Battery tenders are not very expensive and they should last your entire lifetime.

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http://batterytender.com/

It is easy to disconnect your battery. Loosen the connecting bolts on the positive and negative terminals of the battery and move the wiring aside. The red lead goes to the positive terminal which is marked with a "+" and the black lead goes to the ground (or negative) terminal which is marked with a "-". Do not touch the battery terminals (especially the positive) due to risk of shock. The battery in your car may be held in place with a strap - so you will need to remove that if you plan to put the battery on a shelf. Otherwise, leave the battery where it is, and connect the alligator jaws from the battery tender to the corresponding battery terminals: "+" to "+" and "-" to "-".
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:49 PM   #3
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Re: Disconnect car battery when going on holiday?

Thanks for replying Sean! I opened the bonnet and took a look and was looking for wires but there seems to be caps where the + and - signs are instead argh. I think I'll have to drive to the dealer to ask how to do it lol.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:29 PM   #4
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Re: Disconnect car battery when going on holiday?

Make sure your gas tank is completely full and maybe even put some Stabil (or something similar) in it.
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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Re: Disconnect car battery when going on holiday?

Alicia,

Disconnect the negative (black wire) only. This is because your whole car is negative and if the lose wire torches anything metal, nothing will happen. ie no big sparks. You can take both off, however, if you loosen the red one (positive) and forget, etc, and then touch metal...big fireworks show.

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