Car S.O.S new series: Tim Shaw urges classic car owners to purchase battery conditioner

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Classic car owners have been encouraged to get a battery conditioner to ensure their car is “ready to go” for longer journeys. Mr Shaw has warned simply disconnecting the battery will not solve car issues as this will “still eventually die”.

Speaking to ahead of the new series of Car S.O.S, Mr Shaw said all drivers should ensure they have the “new piece of kit”.

He said: “Get a battery conditioner. It’s basically a fairly new piece of kit which you leave your car plugged in all the time and it means whenever you want to use it the battery is 100 percent ready to go.

“People try the old trick of disconnecting the battery but eventually over time your battery will still die.

“So battery conditioners are a great way of making sure it doesn’t.”

Battery conditioners can be purchased from almost every parts shop and are available for around £60.

The RAC says battery conditioners are slightly different to trickle chargers as they can restore the capacity of a battery after its performance drops instead of just maintaining it.

The conditioners dissolve super deposits that build resistance on the battery plates.

The RAC adds conditioners would be “particularly useful” for those who have left their car since lockdown began.

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The tool would also be ideal for those who have declared their car as off-the-road or left it unattended for an extended period.

However, a battery conditioner can take up to four weeks to break down deposits meaning they are out of reach for those wanting instant results.

Car S.O.S host Fuzz Townshend simply urged road users to make sure they use their cars as much as possible.

He said driving a car “to the shops and back” was important to stop parts rusting away on the driveway.

He warned “something will go wrong” if cars are left lying around without regular use which may have been heightened due to the pandemic.

Speaking to, he said: “Use them to go to the shops and back, just get out in them.

“If you leave them sitting there something is going to go wrong.”

Car S.O.S returns to UK screens from next Thursday with 11 brand new episodes on National Geographic.

The series will bring a range of unique cars back to life from the MG Works Metro 6R4 to a Jensen Interceptor.

The team will also work on the most expensive renovation in Car S.O.S history with a full upgrade of a Batman Vauxhall Viva ice cream van.

Work will also be carried out on a VW Beetle Wizard Roadster, Jaguar XJ-S and Rolls Royce 20/25 in the first half of the series.

Season 9 of Car S.O.S is on National Geographic every Thursday at 8pm, commencing with a special extended episode on 11th March. 

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