Is there anything I should do during a four month absence, while on an extended vacation? Will the battery lose its charge?

Asked by Sep 05, 2013 at 04:40 PM about the 2010 Toyota Prius

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2010 Prius with 80K miles

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Yes batteries will lose their charge some while not being used (recharged) on a normal basis. I would say either have someone else drive the car for short trips to keep things charged or hook up a "Battery Tender" to the vehicle. (www.BatteryTender.com)

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yes but it can started still, warm up the engine so that the battery will be charge by the alternator, for 15 minutes.

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it depends on HOW OLD the battery is as the non-Lead Tin/antimony alloy batteries begin to degrade 10 percent per year...that is to say they will NOT charge up until ten years when they won't cycle at all~ prius batteries (engine) are made from rare earth minerals and are very expensive...do not thing there is any time/parasitic type leak with them...they simply recharge each use~

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