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Old 01-11-2003, 07:38 PM
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How long till the battery dies?

I am going on a cruise next month for two weeks. I am wondering if the battery will die if the car is not started for two weeks. Also in the same tone how long can one leave a car without starting till the battery dies? The battery is brand new just 3 months old. In any case I am saying to myself just enjoy the cruise and on coming back if the car does not start take it from there. I hear there are lot of hassles once the battery dies.
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Old 01-11-2003, 07:53 PM
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It's likely that you could return a year from now and the car would still start.. To extend your battery life you could disconnect the battery.. Most newer cars drain the battery a little just to power the alarm, and other very low drain electronics.. For two weeks, or even two months, I wouldn't worry about it.. Cruise, and enjoy..

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Old 01-11-2003, 11:16 PM
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If two weeks causes a problem, it's because you've already got a problem; I've gone that long and longer with no trouble at all. I wouldn't expect a discharged battery in less than a couple of months or longer, depending on the load for electronics that run even at rest.

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Old 01-12-2003, 10:26 AM
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Thanks Jay and cbdo for your response. One less thing to worry and now I can just relax and enjoy.
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Old 01-12-2003, 11:08 AM
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If the battery is nice and clean, 2 weeks should be no problem. A dirty battery will allow current flow along the surface. Also all batteries will self discharge when not in use, but a healthy battery should make it 2 weeks.

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