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Old 23-04-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Moving house/parking on the road

Hello all,

I'm soon going to be moving house and with that, my R33 will be leaving the comfort and security of a locked garage to live in a first-come-first-serve permitted parking space on the road outside my flat.

Currently, in the garage, whenever it's not being driven, it's hooked up to a trickle charger as if I leave it for 2 days without starting it, the battery dies and I have to call the AA. How long do other people's batteries last? Obviously I'm not going to be able to charge it once I move it to the flat so will have to run it every day or two.

Another thing, is it worth buying a car cover for it? And if so, any recommendations?

Any help, guidance or stories based on past experiences are greatly appreciated.

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Old 23-04-2015, 04:45 PM   #2
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I would put a bigger stronger battery in it, I did this to mine and a lot better, my battery was crap, I was waiting once at the side of a road to lift someone with the engine off and my indicator on for about 5 minutes, went to start the car and it was dead, had to push start it.
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mines could be left for 2 weeks and battery was fine so you have a crap battery or a massive drain somewhere so get it checked
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I was thinking my battery was a bit bad and it lasts 2-3 weeks. I leave a solar panel trickle charger connected to it but tbh it doesn't really make much of a difference (its a cheap Maplins one though).

Car covers can do more harm than good if they aren't good ones, as it can trap all the moisture underneath it and therefore end up causing more rust than you'd of had it if was just out in the open.

Assuming you have use of another car as well? Maybe worth looking at renting a garage somewhere nearby to keep it in? I was renting a council garage for a while in S.E. London and it was roughly £10 a week, gotta be cheaper in Bristol I'd have thought!
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My battery on my old gtst would last months, If its lasting 2 days you have a crap battery, A drain somewhere or a crappy alarm system with too many LEDs
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That's a knackered battery or something is draining it... test it with a multimeter. A good battery should last weeks or more without being run.
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When I imported mine from japland it had the standard original battery in it, its tiny!!! and it was shit, it failed on me one cold morning. I ordered a massive bosch battery, ripped out the stock battery tray on the rear shelf and ordered new bigger terminals to fit it. Best thing I ever did. turns over a lot quicker, starts with more life, lights dont dim down, never even has a hint of not starting, even when left for 4-6weeks (longest ive left it, sure it would last longer)

And I've got a fairly well stocked alarm (feature wise) and a GPS tracker whcih are both powered up constantly. The tracker pings its location to me constantly, so its not like its even an idle drain, its actually doing stuff.
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Thanks for the responses so far. It sounds like I'll be investing in a Bosch battery soon then. The current one is a Yuasa, which I was told isn't a bad brand but there's definitely something at fault.

I have thought about renting a garage but after a quick search it looked as if the going rate was about £70 per month. I'd like to keep it below £50 if I can. I've recently discovered a car garage on the next road down, with a row of 5—10 car ports (some with doors), so I'll ask them if they can help me out.

Do any of you leave your car on the road? Any problems?

Also, I'm pretty keen on cleaning mine. At the house I clean it every week or two as it's easy with a yard, a hose etc. but I'll be without that luxury soon. I don't really want to take it to the local car wash as they probably use cheap products and I enjoy cleaning it myself anyway. Hose attached to the kitchen sink and out the window?! Or does anyone know of any jet washes in Bristol that you can take your own shampoo, bucket and sponge to?

Thanks again for the responses,

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My 33 is on the road all the time, I live in normal residential area, but we do nt hahve a driveway or a garage. No problems so far, but its very much location based, you might have a bunch of scruffs come along one night and fancy a try.

Washing it, most pressure washers dont need high water pressure on the input side. You'll more than likely find you can have a tank of water (large drum or whatever) and feed that into the pressure washer. It will draw the water through by design. So either that ot get a kitchen tap attachment. You dont need to tap on full blast, so theres less chance of it coming loose etc.

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Thanks Dave, that's reassuring and helpful. I've just had a look at your build thread—amazing documentation and work. Keep it up!
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Thanks mate. I do try and take good care of it
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