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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/29 19:16:10 (permalink)
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But the engine will still be full of condensation unless the oil gets to full temp. In which case, the water will be circulating with the oil. Better to charge the battery by other means. 300hp is a bit much for a battery charger :)




But my precise issue is that I DON'T have any other means....
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/29 19:21:55 (permalink)
40Ah battery from Eurocarparts - £33, plus a few quid for a cable and connector. Assuming you have some kind of charger, you're sorted. Looking at the news tonight, we might be at this for another 3-6 months. We might all need to get creative. I'm now using mine to get to work as the weekend drives are gone :(
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/29 19:36:35 (permalink)
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DWaldie
 
But the engine will still be full of condensation unless the oil gets to full temp. In which case, the water will be circulating with the oil. Better to charge the battery by other means. 300hp is a bit much for a battery charger :)




But my precise issue is that I DON'T have any other means....




My point exactly Caroline.
 
Although it's not ideal you're not going to be doing it every day, and there's no load on the engine as there would be when you're driving. Although I agree with DW's comment, I'd also point out that that will be the case even when you're driving the car, so you could argue that's even more harmful since the engine's under load, although the engine will reach operating temperature faster thus boiling off the water content faster too.
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 09:17:48 (permalink)
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If you lock the car, the under bonnet light goes off...mines on trickle with the bonnet open. 




That's good to know Paul, but don't you get a 'beep' when locking the car indicating that the bonnet is open? I don't know what that means in terms of alarm activity or additional current drain.
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 13:20:11 (permalink)
Mines in trickle with the bonnet closed. The cable is fine enough to fit easily.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 13:46:41 (permalink)
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Mines in trickle with the bonnet closed. The cable is fine enough to fit easily.




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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 13:49:48 (permalink)
As others have said, skip the sitting at idle for extended periods...the short answer is, it's not good for most cars, included Porsches for a couple of reasons. Mine can sit happily for a up to weeks (when we've gone overseas) and fires up 1st time without a problem. At this tricky time, my strategy is to pick a couple of 24hr supermarkets that are a reasonable distance away, and happen to be close to a couple of quieter roads where "legs can be stretched " briefly both on the way out, and the way back. 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 16:35:55 (permalink)
Caroline,
 
You have tricky problem here. I'm also with the others in saying that warming the engine at rest is not good. Revving the engine "empty" for periods of time, (not under load), creates "mayonnaise-like" sludge deposits inside the engine.
 
I would take Craig's advice and take a drive to a supermarket a reasonable distance away. I'm sure you can have a good excuse ready if challenged.
 
Give your car a blast through the lower gears if you can without causing unwanted attention.
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 18:05:23 (permalink)
All right for you Brian getting out and about  up your way ...your nearest shop must be 50 miles away so you don't have to worry about popping out for a pint off milk  stay safe  
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 18:31:01 (permalink)
kitchens
All right for you Brian getting out and about  up your way ...your nearest shop must be 50 miles away so you don't have to worry about popping out for a pint off milk  stay safe  
Brian



Ha ha well living in London there are supermarkets everywhere, however my excuse for going to one a bit further away (still no more than 5 miles though) is there was nothing at all (shelves literally bare of anything one might actually *want*, like fresh fruit and veg, pasta, milk, toothpaste, cereals, tea bags, soap and of course the now-infamous toilet rolls) in all the ones closest to me last time I ventured out to do the shopping - and the one I intend to go to is probably the biggest supermarket I have ever seen, so I'm hoping it will actually still have stuff on the shelves once the key workers' first hour is over. Am hoping that will be a good enough excuse to avoid the £35 fine for being out and about without a good reason anyway!
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/31 20:01:51 (permalink)
kitchens
All right for you Brian getting out and about  up your way ...your nearest shop must be 50 miles away so you don't have to worry about popping out for a pint off milk  stay safe  
Brian




Yes Caroline, living where I do has its advantages at times such as these. Sainsbury's is less than 2 miles away, but Tesco is a round trip of 30 miles so I have an excuse for a drive should that be needed. Currently my 718 CGTS is resting in my garage with the C-Tek plugged-in.
 
I hope you get a chance to drive your Cayman S with good reason, or at least with a reasonable excuse, before you run into battery problems.
 
You stay safe, (and free from fines).
 
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