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10-02-2012, 07:47 PM #1
Battery Removal Recommendation ?'s
I will be parking the Phantom this winter in my cold storage barn and I got to thinking whether or not I should remove the battery out of the truck or just leave it in the truck and start it every few weeks. Or remove the battery and put it back in every few weeks and start it. Or put a solar battery tender(which I have new in the package I got as a gift 10 years ago) on it and leave it in the truck. Im guessing it would be good to start it to keep the system oiled and to prevent condensation from causing corrosion(rust). Searched and really haven't seen much input on this. Any opinions will be greatly appreciated.
P.S. If I removed the battery I obviously would bring it in where its warm.
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10-02-2012, 08:10 PM #2
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If the Solar Tender can keep a charge on it that would probably be the best along with going out and firing the truck up every fe weeks and driving it around in 4wd to get the lube cycled around.
10-03-2012, 12:01 AM #3
I had a large solar charger for my 1995 silverado. I bought a battery in November. I would start it every two weeks. When January rolled around and it was below 20 degrees for more than 2 weeks the battery died. I had to bring it in and thaw it, then recharge it. I don't know that there is enough intensity from the sun to keep it charged in the colder weather. The next year I bought a cheap battery tender from harbor freight for $8, it kept it fully charged all winter and I never had another issue again. I also run the same kind of cheapo tender on my boat battery all winter and it is good to go when spring rolls around.
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10-03-2012, 12:04 AM #4
Trickle-charge the battery and either drain the fluids or drive the truck a little bit every other week.
10-03-2012, 02:51 AM #5
I bought a battery tender from Batteries Plus last fall for my bike as well as a new battery. I hook it up when I know I won't be riding for a period of time to make sure the bike will start when I do get a chance to go for a ride. I would recommend one of those as well as taking the truck out for a spin on when the roads are dry. I am guessing that is the reason for putting it away for the winter. Salt is a PITA on cars!
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10-03-2012, 06:34 PM #6
Yeah im definitely putting it up because of the salt. Thanks for your opinions, I will probably start it up once in a while and like said, take it for a stroll to keep the fluids active so to speak.
10-04-2012, 12:36 PM #7
Like stated above get yourself a plug in battery tender, and when you do fire it up make sure you drive it enough that all the fluids (oil, tranny fluid, transfer case, diff fluid) get good and hot. It'll burn off all the condensation that builds up when sitting.
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