I've gotten so many different answers to a simple question, it's ridiculous. It's enough to make a simple query sound complex. My Windstar (3.8 6Cyl. SE (or so)) had to basically sit from April to November (8 Months). I only started and ran the engine five or six times. Now, the battery does not seem to hold a charge. Occasionally, a good, amped-up charge lasts a few hours. Otherwise, after idling for an hour, it will not restart the vehicle.
The battery is only 21 months old, with a four-year sticker on it. (I'm told batteries will not be guaranteed that long any longer and a three year guarantee will be used in MI; ) (Sky-rockettting metal prices?)
So, do good batteries go bad if they sit, mostly unused, for four or five months? Would it have lasted if I'd unhooked the terminals? (That does have a vaguely fatal ring to it.).
Thanx very kindly, Marais
Thursday, December 6th, 2012 AT 4:35 PM