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    Re: What do you keep in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    My Cadillac is a pain too due to the battery having side posts and there not being much clearance to get at them.
    You know the problem.What do you keep in your car?lol.

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    Re: What do you keep in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    My Cadillac is a pain too due to the battery having side posts and there not being much clearance to get at them.
    My wife had one of those PITA side terminal batteries in her Yukon.

    I added a longer bolt and put a homemade jumper tang on the positive post.

    You can catch a ground from anywhere, so no need to add one to the negative post.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    What do you keep in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by oneheadlite View Post
    Talk about a singing praise from the employee for those durlast batteries... That's one step down from the guy just leading with - "Alright, so these things are terrible..."

    Hopefully that was just their core pallet, not the warranty returns!

    No way I'd wanna deal with a battery that much. Though they're not the cheapest option (And yes, I also know that theoretically there are only so many actual producers of batteries), I go genuine for batteries. In my experience they just seem to last longer. Disclaimer - I'm only seeing two brands on a regular basis (Audi and BMW tech), but it's not uncommon for the OE battery to last 6-9 years.
    From now on Iím going to buy the top of the line battery if/when the time comes... Back in the days I used to buy Die Hard batteries for my Cadillacs. Main reason I settled on Autozone/Duralast was because of the free installation/check/warranty. I never expected them to be so weak.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    My wife had one of those PITA side terminal batteries in her Yukon.

    I added a longer bolt and put a homemade jumper tang on the positive post.

    You can catch a ground from anywhere, so no need to add one to the negative post.
    Catch a a ground from anywhere my arse.What do you keep in your car? For me itís always more of a hazard trying to find a place to connect to while trying not get caught on a fan or a belt. Then just making sure itís actually metal? Fugetaboutit... I hook up to the negative post everytime. Ainít no fumes coming out these modern day batteries.

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    Re: What do you keep in your car?

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    Catch a a ground from anywhere my arse.What do you keep in your car? For me itís always more of a hazard trying to find a place to connect to while trying not get caught on a fan or a belt. Then just making sure itís actually metal? Fugetaboutit... I hook up to the negative post everytime. Ainít no fumes coming out these modern day batteries.
    You have absolutely NO sense of adventure, Ric...................
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    Re: What do you keep in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    You have absolutely NO sense of adventure, Ric...................
    I once detailed a Kia Optima of some girl I was dating... It was a hybrid and she had mentioned that the battery had been showing signs of needing to be replaced soon. Well just my luck it ended up completely dying while I had the doors open during the detail.

    I didnít find out the battery had died until I was completely done detailing the car. Knowing it was a hybrid I decided to play it safe and check out the owners manual for any special warnings and there was a TON of warnings pertaining to the battery in that car. My head was spinning and all I could think was got damn I better not screw up jumpstarting this hybrid or it could be disastrous.What do you keep in your car?lol.

    So I played it safe and did my best to connect the black cable to a ďmetalĒ part of the vehicle... Except that stupid car had the battery in the trunk and all I could connect to was a dang metal screw inside the trunk... I had the cables on for over 15min. and got absolutely no crank out of the car. Such an epic fail that she had to resort to calling her dad to come and help her.

    Her dad shows up with a battery.. Sets the battery on the ground, opens her cars trunk, connects all 4 cables onto both batteries posts, tells her to try and start the car.... And Iím standing there looking like a damn fool as her car starts right up from just this battery that wasnít even connected to a damn car!What do you keep in your car?lol.

    I immediately began my excuses telling her dad ďthatís what I wouldíve done but this stupid car seemed to have a million warnings in manual about taking special precautions with the damn hybrid batteryĒ!

    Moral of the story: Connect the freakin cables to all 4 posts! If I wouldíve just done that in the 1st place I wouldíve saved a bunch of time and not looked like a damn fool! Lol.

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