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Old 12-23-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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I'll be leaving my car at the airport while traveling for the holidays. Concerned about my car not starting from sitting in the cold for a week, would parking in the parking garage help prevent this or is likeliness of this happening the same since the garage is still exposed to the cold?
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:49 PM
 
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If the garage is not heated somehow it won't help.

Consider leaving your car at home and take a cab to the airport, or get a friend to drop you off. With the price of airport parking around here, I frequently park at work and get a cab from there, if it's a week or more trip this is cheaper than parking at the airport.

Probably too late to help you now, but you can get solar panel battery chargers that plug into the cigarette lighter socket, (assuming it stays on with the key off, many Japanese cars it's switched..), the bigger ones of these can probably keep up with parasitic drains.

*Probably* you won't have any problems. If you do, there are outfits that will provide a jump start.

You could buy one of the self-jump battery packs that will charge from 110V mains power, leave that in the car, if you need a jump if you charged it up a week ago it will probably be potent enough, if not you can charge it in the airport.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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Just one week in the cold should be no problem, IF your battery is in good condition. Older than three years old, you may have problems.

We have a truck parked in temps close to freezing for weeks at a time. No problem starting, but the battery is only 7 months old.

What I would suggest is that if the weather is wet, to tape up your keyholes. When water gets in there, and freezes, you are in trouble.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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Thanks, my battery is 2 years old. I think I'll be all right too, but did not want to spend the money for parking in a garage if it won't help.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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OK one other idea - make sure if you are driving to the airport that it's not a very short trip in the dark, you need a good long run of around 10 miles to fully recharge the battery. Out here in BFE Eastern Washington, I really don't have to worry about this, as it's more than 10 miles from our house to anything anyway. If you are less than 10 miles from the airport, definitely take a cab.

Although, again, if you have even a set of jumper cables in the car you will probably be OK.

I have left a car at the airport for 2 or 3 weeks without any problem. Even in winter, even down to about 20, maybe 15F.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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Thanks, my battery is 2 years old. I think I'll be all right too, but did not want to spend the money for parking in a garage if it won't help.
It may not help with starting, but it will keep frost/snow off the car, if you are in that part of the country.

Depends on how much extra it costs.

I still like taking a cab, at our airport the cab drops me right near the gate, if I self-park I have about a 1/4 mile hike back to the airport proper.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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It may not help with starting, but it will keep frost/snow off the car, if you are in that part of the country.

Depends on how much extra it costs.

I still like taking a cab, at our airport the cab drops me right near the gate, if I self-park I have about a 1/4 mile hike back to the airport proper.

I have a good 50-60 mile drive to the airport. The price of the garage is $20/day, double the price of being outside.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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Brill -

Unless I'm just blind, I didn't see what city this car will be parked in. You mention it'll be parked in the cold, but there's a big difference between Houston cold and Minnesota cold.

If it was me, a former Minnesotan, I'd save the $10 per day and park it outside. If your car and battery are in good shape - and it appears that they are - you're going to be fine.
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:05 AM
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Brill -

Unless I'm just blind, I didn't see what city this car will be parked in. You mention it'll be parked in the cold, but there's a big difference between Houston cold and Minnesota cold.

If it was me, a former Minnesotan, I'd save the $10 per day and park it outside. If your car and battery are in good shape - and it appears that they are - you're going to be fine.
i'm on the flip side, depending on cost. When we were back in WI and flew in the winter, we took the garage every time we could. Temp didn't change, but when you come back after a trip, at times late at night, just to find you landed after a bad snowstorm, walking to that garage and being able to start and drive off was a big plus. The times I had to use the lot and came back after a bad storm ( plus take into account the limit of winter clothes you likely carried on the plane ), cleaning off all the snow and ice was a real pain in the arse. As it was a few dollars diff each day for the garage, so for me it was worth it.

Oh, and I have learned that what I as a former WI boy thinks is cold, and what the SC locals think is cold...... worlds apart!
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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i'm on the flip side, depending on cost. When we were back in WI and flew in the winter, we took the garage every time we could. Temp didn't change, but when you come back after a trip, at times late at night, just to find you landed after a bad snowstorm, walking to that garage and being able to start and drive off was a big plus. The times I had to use the lot and came back after a bad storm ( plus take into account the limit of winter clothes you likely carried on the plane ), cleaning off all the snow and ice was a real pain in the arse. As it was a few dollars diff each day for the garage, so for me it was worth it.

Oh, and I have learned that what I as a former WI boy thinks is cold, and what the SC locals think is cold...... worlds apart!
Man, you are RIGHT about that! Years ago I was doing grad work in Kentucky, while living in Minnesota. Some of my classmates were from states in the far South. It was amazing to watch them during our January session. They were wearing parkas with big snorkels, while I was wearing a light jacket.
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