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Thread: Leaving my CX-5 for 6 weeks on vacation, how should I prepare?

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    Leaving your car parked for 6 weeks shouldn't be an issue. They are allowed to sit alone for long periods.
    My truck has been sitting outside for the last 3 weeks. Temps have hovered between -30C to 0C. Started up this morning no problem. I didn't disconnect the battery, no trickle charger, no worry about the gas tank, etc. I have left some vehicles way longer than that and never had an issue.
    Just lock your car and walk away and enjoy the vacation.

    Oh and for battery life, we are still running the original. Had it tested before this winter season and it was still ok.
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    Don't do any thing other than locking your car. no need to charge your battery if already used and normally charged during driving.

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    Thanks for the input from everyone, i have a 2013 cx5 but i just installed a new battery a few months ago due to startup problems that turned out to be related to the mass air flow sensor.

    Anyway i guess I'll be fine according to all the reports here, i suppose i might disconnect the battery to avoid unnecessary drain, unless anyone knows I'm going to mess something up by disconnecting the battery long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cx5tepr View Post
    Thanks for the input from everyone, i have a 2013 cx5 but i just installed a new battery a few months ago due to startup problems that turned out to be related to the mass air flow sensor.

    Anyway i guess I'll be fine according to all the reports here, i suppose i might disconnect the battery to avoid unnecessary drain, unless anyone knows I'm going to mess something up by disconnecting the battery long term.
    I don't know about these Mazdas, but on all of my previous cars I had things that needed to be reset after disconnecting the battery. Maybe all of your settings and such are NVM backed, but it could be that after some time with no power, some stuff will be different. I avoid it whenever possible. If I was going to do something, I'd have the battery health checked rather than disconnect it.

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    You all do know these sit for months unmoved on dealer lots...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unobtanium View Post
    You all do know these sit for months unmoved on dealer lots...
    And often need jump starting, at least up north here.

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    My daughter came home over summer (>2 months) and left her '14 Mazda parked outside in southern California.
    (battery was replaced a year before that). When she returned to her Mazda3, weak battery.
    Cranked a few rounds, but won't start.
    Luckily I got her a Li-battery jumper ($50 at Amazon).
    She got it started in 1-2 mins herself.
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    I would leave some snacks in the car in case it gets hungry.

    I leave my car for weeks undriven sometimes months.. battery bwas fine. The only issue is age of battery..5 years.

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    I would just keep a Li-battery jumper ($50) around just in case.
    If you worry about the state of charge of the battery, it typically lasts for 1 yr.
    If you still worry, get one with supercap ($130). No need to charge it.
    It extracts the charge remains inside your near dead battery and raises the voltage and provides the current sufficient for a couple cranking. Here is one.
    https://www.amazon.com/autowit-Porta...r+jump+starter
    On Black Friday, it was $110. Still too expensive, I know. Just saying.

    You can carry one in your trunk to save the day or help others.
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