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    I recently moved to a condo that's walking distance from my office so I hardly use my car anymore except on weekends. I was wondering, is once a week enough to prevent my battery from being drained or should I start/drive it around more often?

    I have a 2008 Ford Focus (diesel) if that makes a difference.

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    Since ginagamit mo naman on weekends it should be sufficient, wag lang puro short trips

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    If you're not using it for extended periods, its best to disconnect the battery. The only downside of this is all your user presets go back to factory settings.

    Diesels are heavy on the battery, especially during cold starts.

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    I start my car on weekends. I never had any problems.

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    Yeah, yun din iniisip ko kaso iba iba kasi sinasabi ng mga tao so I'm looking for reassurance hahaha. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowslowbenz View Post
    If you're not using it for extended periods, its best to disconnect the battery. The only downside of this is all your user presets go back to factory settings.

    Diesels are heavy on the battery, especially during cold starts.
    Would you consider a work week an extended period? Parang medyo hassle to disconnect it and reconfigure my electronics every week.

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    Provided your vehicle has no electrical problems or undetected "electrical leech", the battery will not get drained (to the point of being unable to start the vehicle)even if you don't start the vehicle for at least 3 weeks.

    If you use your vehicle on weekends then that is already sufficient to recharge your battery. Even short trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddatrucker View Post
    Would you consider a work week an extended period? Parang medyo hassle to disconnect it and reconfigure my electronics every week.
    seriously, once a week is fine. no need to disconnect your battery. i use my personal car once or twice a week and it's perfectly fine, sometimes i won't be able to use it for 2-3 weeks and never really had any issues. dami nag sasabi kung ano ano dapat gawin mga praning lang mga yon, you'll only need to disconnect your battery if you're not going to use your car for 3-4weeks but 1-2 weeks no need. halos every other month i won't be able to use my car for 2 weeks and ok naman.

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    Before we didnt use our car in the province because of very rough roads. we just started it like 5 mins every morning every other day atleast.

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    once a week a leave it running for 15 minutes
    that's what we do on our seldomly used vehicles

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