Flat Battery!

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  1. StitchUp

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    Evening all :)

    Went out to potter about on the MH and discovered the battery was flat :Sad: - the engine battery. This happened once before and I just about managed to get jumper leads connected to get it started. I say, 'just about' because the battery's positive terminal isn't that accessible!

    Today, I just couldn't get a strong connection to allow enough current to flow to start the engine, it's freezing cold so I've put it off until tomorrow.

    When I took a good look at the battery I discovered it's not as conventional as I expected. Here's a couple of pics:

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    The pos & neg terminals appear to be diagonally opposite one another - is this right?


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    I can't make out what type of connection the positive terminal is and being beneath the bodywork, it was easier to get a picture :) How would I disconnect the battery if I needed to fit a replacement?

    Can anyone enlighten me?

    Cheers

    john
     
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    battery

    Hi
    Its the fat red one undo the two black clips and its going round to the right ok .:thumb:
     
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    I had a flat battery on van once and it wouldnt turn over so used the 12v socket inside with my jump pack.Left it plugged in overnight and bingo,Is it maintenance free or maybe cells need topping up.
     
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    Looks a bit like the negative terminal is a bit corroded? Might be worth unbolting the cleaning them up anyway.
    Just check that disconnecting power doesn't upset any engine management systems if you have any, you also might lose the radio & have to re code it.
     
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    if you do need a new battery go to somewhere that offers free fitting and let them have the hassle :Eeek:
     
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    That was such a good idea I braved the elements and took my jump pack to the MH only to discover the power to the cigarette socket is disconnected when the ignition is off :( I tried putting the pack under the bonnet but the cables wouldn't reach the terminals and now I'm frozen :)
     
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    get your jumper lead clamp across the two larger nuts towards the front of the metal plate.

    doesnt really matter where the connection is made as its all live.
     
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    Assume its x 250 cab, jump start positive connection in engine compartment negative is stud all shown in fiat handbook

    Steles
     
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    did wonder about that but no experience of the X250
     
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    Not too sure now looked at pics

    Steles
     
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    Thanks for this. I was wondering whether there'd be some more convenient way to connect but being 55 plate (2005), I wasn't sure.

    It's a Burstner 748 on a Fiat Ducato 2.8 diesel - I don't have the manual to hand so any clues?? I'd go out and connect my pack and leave it overnight :Smile:

    Thanks
     
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    I will try and scan page for you,not sure this will work out.
     
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    Sorry should have looked at pics, not x 250 i guess as others say any good connection on positive will do. Can you not put on hookup for a couple of hours.
     
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    Ducato jump start.
     

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    I'll sort it tomorrow when it's a little warmer :Smile:. Regrettably it's just a little to far for me to use an extension lead and put it on charge overnight.

    I'll probably make up some better way to connect to the positive terminal, makes life easier in the future.
     
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    This is no good:Doh: I can charge my battery on hook up yes, have you the option on control panel?
     
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    is there a jump lead connection point on the right of the engine bay usuall about 4/5 inches long red plastic cover which you flip up to exspose a bar below for connecting the live jump lead to the negative goes to any part of the engine theres normally a lifting ring at the front which is ideal
    im only working on my van conversion it may get removed during conversion as your batteries are under the bonnet rather than underfloor as mine are
     
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    mines still in place ,tried to post picture but my computing skills are not to clever.:Doh:
     
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    Lifting ring is easily accessible but I couldn't find the 'HOT' connection post.

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    Different to mine,it is to the right in the centre with a stud on front right for negative
     
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