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    Car Storing

    Hi all,

    I decided to store my car away for a few months is there anything I need to do to keep it from seizing up?

    I am going to disconnect the battery will this effect the alarm in any way?

    The car is a 2.2 coupe.

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    to dissconnect the battery without setting the alarm off i think you have to disconnect it within 20 seconds of taking the key out of the ignition or something like that
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    leave handrbrake off as to keep brakes from seizing, and dont forget to SORN the car
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    Get an Accumate and keep the battery connected, it'll still be alarmed then.
    (they're cheap enough off eBay)

    How longs it being laid up for, if it's a while you could do more, but if a few months then the handbrake is the main one IMO.

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    Hi all,

    Well the car has been laid up in the garage now for 2 months however I have a slight problem.

    The car is unlock (its secure) but this high pitched alarm keeps going off every once and a while, its not the loud horn alarm. The battery is flat now, so much so I can't open the windows and they don't drop when I open the doors however this annoying alarm keeps going off.

    Does any one have any idea to what it might be and how to stop it?

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    that sounds like the power sounder battery backup is going flat, have a look in the how-to section for a guide
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    Could you not just start it up every so often and bring the engine up to operating temperature? This would obviously stop your low battery prob too.

    Would this not also alleviate other problems associated with long-term storage/underuse, such as electrical gremlins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeeeshad View Post
    that sounds like the power sounder battery backup is going flat, have a look in the how-to section for a guide
    Cheers mate..

    Can the power sounder just be unplugged or the batteries left to die without causing any damage? Its a pain as it only seems to happen at around 1am, grrr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IainL View Post
    Could you not just start it up every so often and bring the engine up to operating temperature? This would obviously stop your low battery prob too.

    Would this not also alleviate other problems associated with long-term storage/underuse, such as electrical gremlins?

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    Hiya mate,

    I keep meaning to, infact I'm tempted to phone the AA and get the car started (I don't have any jump leads) and leave it idling for 30 mins or so. The car is currently untaxed, un moted and not insured so It can't be driven.

    I don't know what other problems to look out for when not using the car, I'm hoping to either sell as is or put it back on the road in the new year. Just needs 2 new tyres and a MOT but with it being a 2.2 the petrol was crimpling me just getting to work and back, the cheap 1.5 deisel 106 is mint for work but I do miss the leather, comfort and performance of the coupe :-(
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    Just noticed you are from Falkirk - I might have seen you driving about in your Coupe as I live near there and am in the town most weekends (normally Halfords lolz!).

    My classic car magazine did a few good features on winter car storage some years back, moving house next week so theyre all boxed up but otherwise I couldn have had a butchers for you.

    If you googled the question perhaps something would come up?
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