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Old 08-14-2015, 10:45 AM   #1
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How Long can ZL1 sit before battery dies?

I live in Manhattan and generally drive my car once at least once a week during the Summer, but sometimes only once every two weeks during the Winter.

These drives are typically 80-90 miles round trip on the highway, so they do give the car a workout. This schedule has never been a problem for my
Corvette Grand Sport in terms of the battery dying, but how would this affect the ZL1?

I park my car in a public indoor garage, so attaching a charger to the car is not an option.

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Old 08-14-2015, 11:36 AM   #2
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It is very common for my car to sit for 2 to 3 weeks in between driving and I never had any issues.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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Ive left it a little over a month, and it cranked up perfectly.. wouldnt advice on month periods of inactivity though..
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:41 AM   #4
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Car sat out in the backyard (covered of course) for 4 months during first winter. No problems at all.
Car sat in a garage, corvered, for 3 months, battery was as dead as it can be.

I couldn't even charge the battery with a newer type digital battery charger (a very renowned - CTEK), i had to get a oldschool analog charger from a Mazdaguy to charge it a bit at first, so i could switch back to my own charger.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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Mine sat in the garage uncovered from November until April and the car started right up. No warning lights on the dash about the battery dying or anything. I might hook it up to a battery tender this year though.
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:49 PM   #6
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my '13 sits for about a month a a time.....no problem so far.....during the winter, I use a battery tender; "my guy" claims that there is a parasitic battery drain when the car sits for an extended period....not sure if that is accurate, but the tender helps
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:51 PM   #7
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Thanks very much for the quick answers.

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Old 08-15-2015, 06:52 PM   #8
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the last 2 winters - 6 to 7 months - no trickle charger (couldn't find it, lol, found it when I moved) and fired right up in the spring. Unheated garage in MI, around 40*, battery connected, alarm set. Surprised, last car would be dead.
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:58 PM   #9
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Car sat out in the backyard (covered of course) for 4 months during first winter. No problems at all.
Car sat in a garage, corvered, for 3 months, battery was as dead as it can be.

I couldn't even charge the battery with a newer type digital battery charger (a very renowned - CTEK), i had to get a oldschool analog charger from a Mazdaguy to charge it a bit at first, so i could switch back to my own charger.
Many of these newer chargers won't work if the voltage is less than 5v+. Weird, old school chargers are necessary if you have a really dead battery.
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:08 PM   #10
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If you are using your start ups as a means of charging the battery, then you should plan at least a half hour run in between starts. The winter will be much harder on your battery, so plan to start it a bit more often. Be careful with electronic accessories, as they will contribute to parasitic power drain.
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