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Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by pulley, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. pulley

    pulley New Member

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    I am a 500 mile new 2010 Prius IV owner. My question -
    Am going on a 3 month trip and will leave my Prius in the garage.
    Any needed preparation for this? Will I start when I return? Thanks. Pulley
     
  2. dmvp

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    I believe the manual has suggestions for extended periods of storage...maybe check that out.
     
  3. David Beale

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    For three months, I'd think about disconnecting the -ve terminal on the 12V battery. The traction battery will be fine.

    Note that you won't be able to easily open the hatch once the battery is disconnected, so it would be useful to have a "boost battery" to connect under the hood on the boost terminal so you -can- open the hatch in the normal way. You can purchase a boost device for $20 to $50. They often also contain emergency lights and a tire pump.

    Or, have someone start the car (put it in "ready") for a few hours once each month. Not in a closed garage, as the engine will run.

    Third option, get a "battery tender" and connect it to the car while you are gone. You'll need 117V nearby for this though.
     
  4. Dolce

    Dolce Junior Member

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    If you feel comfortable, you can also just loan your car out to a relative or a not-for-profit organization you trust. One more hybrid on the road is one less regular car off the road, and that is good for everybody. Donating your car's usage to a not-for-profit organization may also be tax deductible, even if just for 3 months.
     
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