A Class Hymer starter battery

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  1. SIFTA SAM

    SIFTA SAM Read Only Funster

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    I am trying to build up some enthusiasm to attempt to remove my starter battery just to check its condition and levels.

    Initial inspection looks like I need to be 4ft tall with 3ft long arms plus a flat head!

    Would appreciate any advice from anyone who has gone before me and achieved what looks to me like 'a mini dockyard job'



    Roll-on the Revolution!
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    :Eeek: think you need to enrol the help of a Yorkshire man .... :Laughing::Rofl1:
     
  3. SIFTA SAM

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    I'm not proud. I'll take advice from any nationality!
     
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    Its simpler than you think
    Start by dropping front and rear axles then arrange a crane to lift the body clear and its right in front of you,just like it was in the factory:thumb:
    Re the invite to dinner post, there are a few designers I would like to invite for dinner:Doh: only they would be on the menu
    The job is as horrible as it looks if you do try it make sure you tape the bundles of wires together from each post before removing any terminals, drop one and you may miss it on the re fit, and will be scratching your head for hrs wondering why something that did work before now doesn't
    Geo
     
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    No it is a gynocologist you need. I changed mine-what a pig. Some batterys are a little bit smaller in size and will slip in,but iwas fooled at first when told 'they are all like that now'
    It wasn't man enough after a year so here we went again.
    Geo is right tape and note very thing I found taking a few digital pictures helped.
    Proably the only good thing about the new Fiats is that the engine battery is situated in the floor between th fron seats and easy to get at.
     
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    hope this will help more than some of the wonderfully helpful replies so far.:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    buy a hydrometer, not expensive and you then have one for next time.

    and a short bit of clean wooden dowel or six to be precise.

    take the top off the battery and carefully insert a dowel into the first cell 'til it touches the plates,
    note the 'water' level mark and the top of the battery case then place the dowel next to the battery aligning the battery top mark to the battery case top....theres your first level.
    new dowel and do the same again for all six cells.
    top up as needed.

    stick the hydrometer in and check the specific gravity of all six cells.

    why remove the battery in the first place, best your gonna do with it out is wipe it clean.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    cant mean a yorkshire man......we have short arms and deep pockets.

    dunno about the flat head though.....you must be thinking 'flat cap'
     
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    Thanks for your advice pappajohn, but the top of the battery can only be removed when a large flat multi-connector and cables are disconnected from the +ve terminal post.
    I want to take the battery to the 'battery hospital' for a health check-up because of its age and suspect performance.
     
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    batt

    I had to do mine on my 1996 b544 if you take off the earth clamp, take off the clamps that holt the batt down then drag it forward about 6 inches then take off the pos clamp, then wiggle it alot hope this helps
     
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