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Driving a Porsche 911 in the Winter & Storage Checklist Tips for Battery Maintainer

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Winter storage time for the old girl unfortunately. Interested to hear folks thoughts on storage tips and primarily the battery when storing?... Remove battery all together and put on trickler charge? Any tips from you knowledgeable folks out there appreciated.

I've tried different float chargers and this is by far my favorite for storage. Other brands (Schumacher!) have ruined my like-new batteries!

NOCO GENIUS1, 1-Amp Automatic Smart Charger, 6V and 12V Portable Automotive Car Battery Charger, Battery Maintainer, Trickle Charger and Battery Desulfator with Temperature Compensation.  I've never disconnected the battery but this is my first car without an ECU so probably wouldn't matter?

Doesn’t matter on my 981S either. Unhook negative terminal, sit for 5 months, hook it back up and drive it. Just like I left it yesterday.

And Keeping humidity down is a must! Put a dehumidifiers in there.

Car washed waxed and vacuumed, windows cleaned, leather conditioned. Battery tender, cab fresh packs next to battery on passenger side, keeps mice out of heater blower compartment. Cab fresh inside, poison pellets and traps around tires. Fill tires to 45 psi. Make sure all brake dust off wheels, cover with thin coat of petroleum jelly. Cover car.

Charger should be set at only 2 hours per day with timer in place.. advice from a top electronics Porsche mechanic..

No need to remove batteries in OZ. We have no snow here, plus plenty of great winter drives. Our last winter was better than recent spring…  Bunnings chargers are good quality and top value…Then you can forget being a doting father 

I use CTek MXS5.0’s with my cars - however I don’t leave them permenantly switched on as I’ve found that leads to ruined batteries - instead I use a time switch to operate the charger for a few hours in the night every other day. If the charger fails one day / has a fault then it gets reset by this method as well.

Comfort connector straight to the battery terminals and the 2.5M extension coming out of the car to the charger - makes it easy to connect and disconnect when using the car too.

Don’t put into storage. Cars are made to drive year round. Just don’t drive in bad weather. If you drive in bad weather wash car completed including undercarriage to remove salt and grime. That’s what I have been doing for 30 yrs . Undercarriage wash in bad weather.

Don't store it unused. Its bad for engine seals, fluids, and bearings for engines to sit unused. Store it in doors, but at least go out on warm, dry, sunny days and start it. Once a month at least. If you can drive it on dry roads for a short distance that would be best.

Tires that don't move flat spot on the ground and it ruins them. It's not good for cars.

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