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Re: [T3] Winter Question

On 31 Jan 2004 at 11:00, Russ Wolfe wrote:

> I have just left mine in the car all winter and start the car once a
> month and warm it up completely. This is how I have always done it, and
> have never had any problems. Make sure the battery is clean all over, so
> there isn't any current leakage. The clock in our cars may drain the
> battery, so disconnecting the battery is not a bad idea. It may cause
> problems with the clock tho, letting it completely unwind.
> I know other people will have different opinions.

Russ is right. The major problem with leaving the car alone for the winter is 
the clock. It will slowly run the battery down, but this is not so important, 
if you have any kind of charger.

The more important item is the fact that a car with an early clock (up thru 
'70) will run the battery down to the point where the battery can't cock the 
clock, then the clock contacts stay closed and cause the clock fuse to open. 
This can be fixed, but it is just one more annoying thing to discover when you 
try to get things running again in the spring.

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

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