New hybrid battery. How often do I need to drive?

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  1. chizet

    chizet Junior Member

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    My 2007 Gen2 hybrid battery died at the beginning of the pandemic. It's time to get a new battery but I still don't plan on driving super-often. Is that okay? Is there a minimum amount of time(s) I should drive it? Is this even an issue?

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    If you're buying a new from the dealer OEM replacement, you'll be fine. But do drive it around or keep it 'ready' to maintain the 12v battery.
     
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    NO. The HV battery doesn't much care now often or how little it is used.
    The 12 V does though.
     
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    There are plenty of reasons including your batteries to warm up and drive the car every 7-14 days. You want to avoid flat spotting your tires, reduce excessive rotor rust, lubricate the top of the engine, exercise seals especially brakes & ac, circulate the coolant systems, etc.
     
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    YES. But a "drive" of less than 5 minutes doesn't really count.
    30 minutes total "ON" time or more to properly exercise everything.
     
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