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post #1 of 13 Old 10-15-2013, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice on winter storage

I have a 2003 360 spider and I'm looking for some advice on winter storage. I want to use a battery tender. I understand that I should not use the type with alligator clips. I do not see a module behind the drivers seat as someone suggested. Can a module be installed to make attaching the tender? Any other winter storage advice. Thanks guys.
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...and recommend to treat your 360 battery like it's winter year round. Install the pigtail to battery in passenger footwell so it's readily accessible to plug in or check out AldousVoice for another option behind the seat.

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...and recommend to treat your 360 battery like it's winter year round. Install the pigtail to battery in passenger footwell so it's readily accessible to plug in or check out AldousVoice for another option behind the seat.
Behind the seat is a good option if like me, you cannot open the doors fully in the garage. With limited space you can crack the door open enough the connect behind the seat.
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Nothing wrong with alligator clips, just ground the black clip to the chassis.

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If you do a 100% winter storage, why not disconnect and move out completely the battery. The battery alone can be kept quite a while as the self-discharging values in winter are minimal. You would only need to fully recharge it at spring and before you reinstall it. Do the relearn procedure and there you go for a new season
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If you do a 100% winter storage, why not disconnect and move out completely the battery. The battery alone can be kept quite a while as the self-discharging values in winter are minimal. You would only need to fully recharge it at spring and before you reinstall it. Do the relearn procedure and there you go for a new season
Respectfully, to me, this sounds like a lot of extra work...

Personally, as I start thinking more about storing my car (but hopefully can still drive it for a few months and many miles) I'll be doing what my mechanic recommends. I have a CTEK battery charger with the plug permanently installed and resting in my passenger footwell. I'll connect the charger (like I do every day anyway) and I'll disconnect the battery switch in the front luggage compartment.

Done, easy.
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I agree - having a ctek pigtail installed tomorrow
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As long as you understand and follow the ECU learning process when the battery switch is turned on next spring all is good.

We ran a pigtail CTEK extension off the short one for ease in getting to it from the passenger or driver side.

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Not sure what you mean - Di I have to switch it off when installing. I was trying to avoid having to reprogram everything.
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Hi guys. My 430 is fitted with a tacker, and the salesman activated to master switch once I had paid a deposit. He thought he was doing me a favour but as the car has a tracker the internal tracker battery went flat. My tracking company were able to confirm a battery disconnect the day I did the test drive and paid a deposit. Cut a long story short I had to have a new battery fitted to the tracker and the tracker engineer told me this happens a lot, and that I shouldn't leave the battery disconnected or turn off the master switch for more than a day or two.
I now plug in the CTEK if the car isn't being run for a few weeks and don't turn off the master switch either.
The CTEK charger comes with a simple connector that you can connect up to the battery terminals. This can be safely left attached to the car and its easy to connect up the charger once you have fitted this.
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Not sure what you mean - Di I have to switch it off when installing. I was trying to avoid having to reprogram everything.
It is recommended to switch off the battery when connecting the pigtail. I don't on our C5 but do on the 360. Easier access on the vette.

Did you check out the ECU relearning process?

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Was at the shop today and the techs were doing some work on 550 maranello. The fuel fuel filters were full of a black residue which so restricted fuel flow that the car was being starved of fuel.

This car is seldom driven and the rubber parts that are associated with the fuel pump and filter assemblies had deteriorated so badly that small particles were mixed in with gas in the tank. Probably caused by poor gas and the use of ethanol in the local gasoline. I expect might be another reason to use gas stabilizer over winter months.

My local shop services several cars that are seldom driven and for some clients they have drained the gas from the tank and replace with Shell racing fuel that contains no ethanol and preserves the rubber bits in the fuel system.
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