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Hello,

I'm planning to leave the car unattended( uncovered driveway) for 3 weeks.

Location: Pacific North West.
Temperature: above freezing throughout the day. Nights occassionally 30F.
Precipitation: Rain is almost always present, drizzle.
Wind: < 10mph, but can occasionally go higher.

Things i read and planned to do:
1. use gas stabilizer and have the gas tank full.
2. have the tires inflated at cold 33-34.
3. disconnect the battery terminals, but leave it in the car.
4. stuff the tail pipe with a cloth to prevent rodents.
5. cover it up with a cover. ( something from amazon, not decided yet. suggestions are appreciated. )
6. Asked a friend to drive it on the 2nd weekend.

Do you think it's sufficient for the 3 week period?
 

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If you do #6, I think you can safely skip #1-5. Like @dgates01 said, it’s great that you’re being so careful with your ride, but three weeks isn’t really that long. Have your friend give it a good, long drive, and don’t worry about the rest. If you’re concerned about mice, have your friend pop the hood and look for signs of nesting. They’re more likely to attack the electrical wires than other parts of the car. The car cover is optional - I’d say just put a good coat of wax on it (it’s a lot to ask your friend to uncover and cover it, plus driving it too).
thanks @WiiMaster @dgates01 @DerekWildstar for your swift responses.
I asked my friend to drive it, but he couldn't promise as he might come up with plans to go out of town as well. Do you think i should still not do anything? No worries if it's not driven?
 

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You'll be fine. Like I said, I never had anyone drive mine for the 2.5 weeks I was gone and it started right up and drove just fine. Battery was a touch weak maybe but it still started just fine.

Like @DerekWildstar mentioned, the possible issues you could encounter are all minor and nothing to be worried about in the rare event it does happen.

And since it's important (especially in your case because if I remember correctly, you've got a relatively new cat on there), I'll mention it again: focus more on potential cat theft. Try to leave no signs that you're away.
Thanks for a lot for remembering. Yea, now that you have said that, im avoiding covering the car as it might indicate more a signal to the thieves that the owner is away.
 

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I really wouldn't worry about it. Worst case scenario, you need a jump start or you need to put some air in your tires. Neither of which are worth losing sleep over. Enjoy your trip! Going anywhere special?
Thank you. Heard from one guy that if we have to do jump start once then that implies that the battery deteriorated and it would need jump starts often. Is this true? Also, how much would a jump starter cost me? Just curious.
 

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I wouldn't use a cover if there's the possibility of rain. Water under the cover won't dry, and well, we all know what that can lead to.
Is this parking going to be in a high traffic area where people will notice if someone is messing with it?
I park my car for weeks at a time and have installed a battery cutoff switch to disconnect it. Haven't disconnected it in a while now but I'm driving the car more often too. I have to get my bike down to the beach somehow, right?
I think you're over thinking this a bit. As long as you don't have anything plugged into your AUX connection which might drain the battery more than normal you should be fine IMO. I had an old iPod plugged into mine and I think that's what killed my battery when I didn't drive the car for way too long. I've since unplugged it.
Thanks. It's not on the road. Its inside a community, but lot of people keep coming and going. Also heard of some thefts in my area, not sure of my community though.
I just have a aux cable connected, will disconnect that too. This battery disconnector switch sounds so cool. Are there any issues for installing it?
Also is there a way to check the battery life in general? like how much of a life is left etc.
 

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I wouldn't use a cover if there's the possibility of rain. Water under the cover won't dry, and well, we all know what that can lead to.
Is this parking going to be in a high traffic area where people will notice if someone is messing with it?
I park my car for weeks at a time and have installed a battery cutoff switch to disconnect it. Haven't disconnected it in a while now but I'm driving the car more often too. I have to get my bike down to the beach somehow, right?
I think you're over thinking this a bit. As long as you don't have anything plugged into your AUX connection which might drain the battery more than normal you should be fine IMO. I had an old iPod plugged into mine and I think that's what killed my battery when I didn't drive the car for way too long. I've since unplugged it.
will this switch work for our model? just making sure there is no voltage/amps limitations

Also if we disconnect the negative terminal does the computer codes like oil percentage, odometer etc get reset?
 

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In addition to the jump starter charger that I have (on the left, and actually closer to $90-$100 these days), I have a USB plug adapter ($10) for the front power outlet that shows me the voltage at all times. It's a good way to keep track of the voltage in the battery and whether it's time to get another. Here in Bakersfield, where it gets really hot in the summer, the lifespan of a battery for me is about 3 years max.

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that plug adapter is cool. Does the volts indicate battery life?

got a cool tool/toy at $3.5 today. just want to share in the forum.

 
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