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Old 01-22-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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C5 dead battery

Im sure this has been asked before, but I havnt run across the answer so here it is. How long can my C5 be parked before I will most likely have to jump start it? The battery is 6 months old, 650 CCA Interstate, and seems to be in fine condition. Naturally it is put away for the winter and wont see the street for a couple months, and Im pretty sure it wont go that long, but what is "normal"?
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Put a battery tender on it. Best way to go.
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Ive already done that, but would I need to do that if the car is driven only a couple times a month? Would it be ok if left alone for a month? Or is it normal to just keep the maintainer plugged in if its left more than a couple days?
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Ive already done that, but would I need to do that if the car is driven only a couple times a month? Would it be ok if left alone for a month? Or is it normal to just keep the maintainer plugged in if its left more than a couple days?

Most tenders will shut off when the battery hits about 12+ volts and will turn back on when the volts drop below 12. It is safe to leave a tender on the car for a long time because it is a trickle charge, if in fact it is a tender and not a charger. My tender will be on my 05' for 3-4 months during winter. Only time I take it off is when I'll let the car idle every few weeks or so for 20 minutes; to keep everything moving.
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I believe the c-5 should have a minimum 700 CCA and 120 RC, size 78. If not in use over a month I would battery tender it.
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Thanks. That's the answer I was looking for. Im thinking the battery is less than 700 cca. Not sure about the ra#, but I will take the cover off tomorrow and check it out. I just didn't want to have to deal with the maintainer during the summer months if I didn't have to. Im sure it will be taken out at least once a month when the weather is nice. I have other things to drive in nice weather, so it wont get taken out every day.
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