Car fires right up. You know, after pumping the gas 15-20 times. Choke linkage/idle speed is sticky. I wanted to cycle the fluids a little bit, and like a dumbass missed all that nice 30-40 degree weather in January. Car cover was frozen to the car, although it is a cheapo 30$ walmart car cover. I at least got my year out of it. The weight of the ice tore it like tissue paper. It was so cheap, not even going to try a warranty claim (2 year, bought in late 2019). Even that company knew it was a bad idea, and the same cover now costs 50$. No thanks.
What was playing on our local classic rock station? Every rose has it's thorn.
Related: my SS has been sitting (due to weather) for 2 weeks now, and likely will have to sit another week before I get it out (on summers - so only go out in the cold if it's bone dry).
If I start it, how long should I let it idle to let the alternator recharge the battery?
Or, should it just let it sit another week or longer until I can actually take it out for a drive?
@davesaddiction as far as I have heard, alternators do a shit job of charging batteries unless you go on long drives. That may be internet bs though. I'd put it on a trickle charger anyway.
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@davesaddiction I'd let it sit until you can actually drive it. 2-3 weeks oughtn't kill a good battery and sitting there idling for half an hour is harder on the car than sitting for an extra week before a real drive.
Yeah, that's my concern.
Faster the crankshaft rotates, faster the alternator rotates, which increases voltage used to recharge the battery...
Thanks, @MM54 - it actually has a battery voltage readout. Maybe I just need to go see how the battery is doing without starting the car. Has been really cold here: -10 last night. I know that's not great for a battery, either.
I do have a tender I can use, and a battery pack jump starter if I need it.
Also, I freakin' love those snowflakes.
@davesaddiction ugh i still want turbines but they were out of stock...
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@mybirdistheword I'd just buy a tarp and tie it around the car. They can be found cheap at Home Depot. I can't wait for your car to be running. It looks BOSS!
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@krustywantout you don't want tarps because they trap moisture. Need a breathable cover.
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@davesaddiction You can use your alternator to charge a low battery but remember that the alternator on your car is dumb. You can burn an alternator out pretty quick if its pumping 100% duty for a while. They are not rated to put out their max amps for very long. This is why they (battery and alternator manufacturers) always recommend after a jump start that you still should put a charger on the battery as soon as you can. Newer cars have more intelligent alternators and charging controls and are not as problematic. However, you still should use a normal battery charger or tender to keep your batteries in shape.
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@davesaddiction VF alt/generator doesn't charge the battery. you need a trickle charger.