Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown





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    Default Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Hi,
    With the likely hood that most vehicles will not be driven for the next 3 weeks, what is the best way to take care of it to make sure it is in good nick when you can eventually drive again.

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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    I have my VW beast on a smart charger- thats about it for now.

    I wonder if insures will offer a reduced premium from 1st of April as vehicle are now a lower risk for those that are standing still.

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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Don't need to do anything, if it doesn't start after 3 weeks standing, buy a new battery, because the one you had in it was virtually dead anyway.
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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by ZuluCowboy View Post
    Don't need to do anything, if it doesn't start after 3 weeks standing, buy a new battery, because the one you had in it was virtually dead anyway.
    Not many modern vehicles can stand for three weeks, even with a brand new battery.

    Anyhow, why take the chance. You may need it in an emergency.

    See here:

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...nces-and-fixes
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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Put the charger on it, thats all for now. Will do a bit of a wash when (if) I feel like it
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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Was lucky enough to install battery disconnects to my vehicles, was installed as a long term convenience rather than a planned Covid lockdown...but is a little win that has worked out for me.
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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Charger is on and just happily trickling now.
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    Default Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    Disconnect both battery cables.

    Our Defender 300 TDi stood for nearly 2 years, no charger. Re-attached battery, started on first swing. Ok, it was parked with an almost new oversized Varta, but still, any half decent battery should hold a charge if completely disconnected for a few months.
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    Cool Re: Taking care of your vehicle during lockdown

    A Jeep can lock down for a long time. No problems.

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