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Re: [T3] Winter Question

On 31 Jan 2004 at 9:52, sshisheng@hotmail.com wrote:

> During this very cold day, 0 deg, I was thinking about the battery in my T3.
> For the winter I disconnected it, but just left it in the car.  But I was
> reading an article in VWTrends and it was saying that if you leave the
> battery in the car all winter, it will be no good come Spring, read ruined.
> They advised bringing it inside and charging it every month.  Can anyone
> confirm or deny this?  I don't want to have to buy a new battery come
> spring, especially cause I have two in the car (one for backup).

It will slowly discharge as time passes, but doing what you've done is 
generally just fine. I've done it many times, in fact, most of the time I don't 
even disconnect it. 

It may have some trouble starting the car come spring, but if you charge it, it 
should be fine. It will be somewhat sulfated, but this will go away with 
regular use over time. If you're concerned, you could just put a charger on it 
once or twice over the winter to peak it up, but this is really not necessary.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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