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Grit dog wrote:

Anymore old wives tales and misconception we can throw in this thread?

Like maybe block your axles up so the tires don’t flat spot or the concrete doesn’t suck the good stuff out of the rubber? Lol

When I park my truck for 4 months , I just put down 4 pieces of luan so my truck tires don’t leave black marks on the concrete.

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Interesting posts to say the least. I purchased the Ctek and have it connected to my two batteries that I pulled from the 5er. After a week the voltmeter shows the maintenance charge at 13.8. Is this maintenance that high? I would have thought it to be somewhere around 13 to 13.2. I really don't want to boil out the batteries. They are filled up but I am just wondering if this is ok before I hook them up to the truck.
To others that posted to start the truck or drive it periodically, I can't do that when I am not here for the winter.


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Posted: 10/05/22 07:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Disconnect two negative terminals and be done with it.


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Just put one of my diesel p/u's to bed for the winter...of course, Los Anchorage then got a record high. [emoticon].

In any case:...pulled two batteries out and into the garage where they'll get charged once a month or so on the trickle charger. Filled the fuel tank with winter blend and added a bit of Stabil. I think DEF was at about 1/3....didn't do a thing with it.

If the OP is storing in Western WA, probably won't see real cold weather. However, if you anticipate -10 or colder, I'd recommend going the trickle charger route and not "just" disconnecting leads. I've had fully charged batteries work fine to -30 or so (beyond that is the general range of colder than heck...and I don't do much in those temps anymore). A depleted charge battery will freeze in those same temps...as I've found out twice with the house batteries at the cabin.


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SweetLou wrote:

Interesting posts to say the least. I purchased the Ctek and have it connected to my two batteries that I pulled from the 5er. After a week the voltmeter shows the maintenance charge at 13.8. Is this maintenance that high? I would have thought it to be somewhere around 13 to 13.2. I really don't want to boil out the batteries. They are filled up but I am just wondering if this is ok before I hook them up to the truck.
To others that posted to start the truck or drive it periodically, I can't do that when I am not here for the winter.


Float mode is 13.6v according to a ctek manual. But you’re probably not understanding the smart aspect of the charger. It doesn’t just float 24/7/365 on a fully charged battery. That’s why it’s a smart charger!


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What is wrong with using a battery maintainer? That is what they are for!


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We had a few days around 5 degrees in W WA last winter. ONLY disconnected the negatives and it sat for 6 months. 2001 Diesel fired right up no issue no stabilizer, nothing special.

My 19 Jeep GC I made sure the last tank was 100% non ethanol, disconnected the battery negative, 6 mo later connected battery and it ran great! ZERO Stabil.

* This post was edited 10/06/22 02:27pm by Cummins12V98 *

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fj12ryder wrote:

Snorting with derision at something you don't believe doesn't necessarily make it not so. Amazing how that works. [emoticon]


Nice contextual use of big words… thank you for increasing my vocabulary.
But to be fair, unlike the litany of Monday morning QBs on this site, who continually profess their “knowledge” because they’ve owned a truck or 2, towed a trailer somewhere and may have even changed their own oil a time or 2, I’ve fortunately or unfortunately had FAR more experience than that.
Of course that’s hard to portray in a simple written response without seeming smug and repetitive but the observant person should pick up on the context of people’s posts. And realize that some of us may know more than others about some things….

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Hey if you can back up what you say it's not bragging or being arrogant.

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