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550 battery shut off switch

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by Andiamo, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. Andiamo

    Andiamo Rookie

    Sep 20, 2004
    43
    Palm Harbor, Florida
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    Al Fontaine
    There is a battery shut-off switch under the hood of the 550. I wanted to know if anyone uses this on a regular basis. I only use my 550 on weekends so it sits all week in the garage. Should I use this switch or is it ok to sit for a week? I have a lotus esprit that I have to disengage the battery or it will be dead by the end of the week. However, this is the problem with an esprit, the battery always goes dead.
     
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  3. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
    6,099
    MA USA
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    Mr. Doody
    never had a single problem with the car sitting for a few weeks.

    if your battery is already near the end of its life, maybe, but not otherwise.

    doody.
     
  4. Andiamo

    Andiamo Rookie

    Sep 20, 2004
    43
    Palm Harbor, Florida
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    Al Fontaine
    Thanks Doody. The battery is brand new but the security system is constantly running. I wasn't sure how much of a drain it is. Have you used the switch or would you if you were gone a few weeks?
     
  5. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
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    i have never once used the battery switch. for winter storage i have a trickle charger.

    doody.
     
  6. teachdna

    teachdna Formula Junior

    Sep 1, 2001
    374
    Cincinnati
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    Jeffrey Robbins
    Never used the cut-off switch. The battery has been fine except for one winter when it was truly frigid outside for an extended period and with salt on the road I wasn't able to drive for 3-4 weeks. At that point the battery went dead from being fully charged. After that I got a battery minder and haven't worried about it since. If I know I'm not going to drive the car for more than week (snow or salt on the road) I hook up the battery minder.
     
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  8. 550

    550 Rookie

    Sep 19, 2003
    46
    Same here
     
  9. mike550

    mike550 Formula Junior

    Aug 20, 2003
    859
    California - LA & SF
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    Mike G
    Andiamo, I use the battery shut off if the car is going to sit for more than 2 - 3 days. If not my battery dies (and it is brand new). I must have a problem - but have not looked into the cause yet. I also have a trickle charger which I occassionally hook up.

    Mike

    edit - and Andiamo - great purchase! congratulations
     

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