What are te procedures for storing 2018 Outback for one to two months. I left mine for 6weeks and the battery did not function. I needed a charger for one hour and the lights, stater all did wor

Asked by Feb 22, 2019 at 08:39 AM about the 2018 Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Have other owners had problems with their batteries? How long can you store in a garage without touching the battery . Any tips?

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just disconnect the battery and put it inside your home and then hook up jumper cables to it for about 30 minutes to get everything charged up.


hook them up when you out it back in




One month... probably not even a problem...Two months...? I left my car for almost 6 weeks once and had zero issues.... maybe you could arrange for a friend or neighbor to start the car once every two weeks while you're gone.


Newer cars have systems that run always; even when the engine isn't running. It only takes a couple of weeks to completely drain a battery. If you disconnect your battery for this two month storage period, your computer will lose it's settings, including your personal settings for how the car runs, and you run the risk of damaging the battery or the place where it's stored. Simplest solution is to buy a Battery Tender; it's a small trickle charger that you attach to the battery while remaining in the car; it plugs into house current and keeps the battery fresh. So, when you return, you won't even know the car was stored unrun for that length of time.


A fuel stabilizer is probably not essential but I would go ahead and use some in the gas anyway. Fill up the gas tank to prevent condensation and use a battery tender as the Outback has a reputation of draining batteries. Store the car inside a garage if possible.


BTW. Removing the battery is not a good idea as you will have programming issues when you reinstall the battery.

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