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Old 06-10-2002, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default Going out of country for 1 month... need to disconnect battery?

i'm going to be leaving the country on wednesday... and will be gone for a month. should i disconnect the battery since the car won't be driven? if so... just the negative? just the positive? both?
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Old 06-10-2002, 06:46 AM   #2
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I think a good healthy OEM battery can handle that, or even a good Optima battery. If you ran a Dynabatt, I'd have to say dissconnect it.

There is nothing wrong though for piece of mind to dissconnect it while your away. If anything, when someone tries to steal your car(heaven forbid) they wont be able to start it

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Old 06-10-2002, 08:29 AM   #3
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if so... just the negative? just the positive? both?
You really don't need to, for the reasons Mitch said. If you do, though, you just need to break the circuit, meaning disconnect either the positive or the negative. As the negative terminal is easier to get at, it's usually the favorite.
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Old 06-10-2002, 08:57 AM   #4
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also, disconnecting the negative terminal is safer. If the positive is floating around, and for some reason it slips and hits ground somewhere, the battery is now shorted and you have a big problem. If the negative lead is loose and hits something, nothing happens.
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Old 06-10-2002, 09:37 AM   #5
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I WOULD disconnect the battery's negative terminal. There are quite a few electronic gadgets in the WRX (clock, ECU, trip odometer, stereo, alarm, etc.) that continue to draw a small amount of current from the battery even after the key is removed from the ignition. It's never fun when you get home after flying all day and the long drive from the airport to find that your car won't start so you can get to the grocery store and buy some fresh milk.
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Old 06-10-2002, 10:08 AM   #6
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Other than the fact that you'll have to reset the clock and radio, there really is no reason NOT to, and there are a few reasons you should (see above), so you might as well.

If you do, definitely disconnect the negative. Current flows negative to positive, so the ideal way to break the circuit is at the negative terminal.
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Old 06-10-2002, 01:47 PM   #7
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I didn't drive my WRX all winter long, and in the spring it started right up. If you have a manual there's nothing to worry about anyway, just put it in gear give it a push and it'll start.
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Old 06-10-2002, 01:52 PM   #8
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I didn't drive my WRX all winter long, and in the spring it started right up. If you have a manual there's nothing to worry about anyway, just put it in gear give it a push and it'll start.
I think he was looking for GOOD advice, not what to do if you don't care about the car.
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