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Starting Issues After Storage.

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Just took the cover off my MY06 997, 11950 miles, after 5 months of winter storage. I keep my car on the Porsche battery maintainer in my conditioned garage with the cover on and up in the air on the lift.

When I turned the key all the appropriate lights came on(very bright) but no starter engaged. I turned the key on and off 3 or 4 times and finally the starter engaged and the car started immediately. Since then, the same thing happens most every time I drive the car (about 6 times so far).

This car still has the original battery but that seems to be working well.

One other oddity was that the "check right rear tail light" message came up.

Any thoughts?

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Thanks for the fast response Loren!

I thought the same thing but I was thrown off by the fact that the lights are so bright and when the starter connects, it turns over normally.

My next question would be, Interstate or other? I live in Memphis.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Check the electrolyte level in the battery. It's only "semi-sealed" . A wide flat blade will unscrew the top to each cell. Add distilled water until the plates are covered.

After 4 years, the tops of my plates were begining to get exposed.

Don't rule out a failing ignition switch, or bad ground if you get illogical results with 12V+ from a 'resting' battery.


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  • 2 weeks later...

Battery water, way low. Topped off and all continues to work fine.................except for the right tail light. Replaced both bulbs and still dark. Any one else had this problem? BTW, the bulbs can only be purchased at the Dealer!!! $6 apiece!

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