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Winter Lay Up 2 months 3 hours ago #197734

My 2004 TF will be going under an outdoor car cover (a good one used previously on my Lancia - it stayed dryer than another car I had in a slightly damp garage). I'll put a crystal dehumidifier in there too.

What is the best sequence for disconnecting the battery (an isolator is fitted)? Does disconnection trigger the (Pecktron) alarm? Once the power is off can the doors be locked/unlocked with the key? Can the boot still be opened with the key?

I'd say daft questions, but my mate is currently completely locked out of his MX5 after just disconnecting the battery and closing the bonnet.

I plan to start the car up monthly.

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Winter Lay Up 2 months 1 hour ago #197736

I use my discarnect battery isolator all of the time on my '04 TF. It's unlocked and in a garage though. No issues.

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Winter Lay Up 1 month 4 weeks ago #197737

If you have access to power you are better off with a battery conditioner plugged in then there is no danger of the battery dying and the alarm can be left on.

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Winter Lay Up 1 month 4 weeks ago #197741

I don't drive my TF much so always disconnect the battery. Not had an issue yet, even when left for months.

However you would have to lock the car manually and the alarm would not work.

I'd be more worried about brakes sticking on. I leave them off but that's in a locked, flat garage with tyres in tyre savers. Would be irresponsible outside - there are stories of cars rolling away when kids nick the brick from under the wheels.

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Winter Lay Up 1 month 4 weeks ago #197744

....Would be irresponsible outside - there are stories of cars rolling away when kids nick the brick from under the wheels.


Leave it in gear.

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Winter Lay Up 1 month 4 weeks ago #197745

Always always switch off the alarm, especially the Pektron, before disconnecting the battery. even if it means connecting a second battery through jump leads.

Once the battery is disconnected use the key to lock the car.

Personally if the car is going to be laid up for a while I connect a trickle charger and lock with the key.

Home to black Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 V6 Q4 ,green MGF VVC and red MG Maestro T16.

MG - the friendly marque.
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Winter Lay Up 1 month 4 weeks ago #197747

....Would be irresponsible outside - there are stories of cars rolling away when kids nick the brick from under the wheels.


Leave it in gear.


I didn't think of that lol, talk about missing the obvious!

Though with Covid mine sat in its garage for months so I wedged the clutch down

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Winter Lay Up 1 month 3 weeks ago #197795

Leave the handbrake off to stop the rear callipers seizing and press the clutch pedal down repeatedly quite often to stop the clutch arm seizing, my F has not been used for two years, its outside and the brakes are ok as is the clutch arm. I replaced the battery with a Varta silver 075 as the previous Bosch one ( 9 years old) gave up from being flat for so long, fitted a discarnect too.
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Winter Lay Up 1 month 3 weeks ago #197811

Sewed a clear pocket onto a cover for another car into which I placed a solar panel. In the Winter it doesn't provide much in the way of a trickle but that it does keeps the battery temperature up which makes the difference between buying a new one in April or not.
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