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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi,

Well here are some rece


Hi,

Well here are some recent events:

1. I disconnected my Neg battery terminal and cleaned (one by one) the fuses/fusebox connectors.

2. My battery is one year old and went through our brutally cold winter here in Connecticut without a problem - never showed any signs of discharging and was connected all winter without any problems.

3. I reconnected the battery today and went to start the car. Fuel pump running strong, all lights and accesories work just fine. When I turn the key to engage starter - nothing! The first attempt, I heard the started try to spin (very softly). Next attempt, nothing. I just started the car last week without a problem.

4.I cleaned the battery cables/connectors and chassis ground.

I am going to measure the voltage with my meter tonight. I just think it is quite a coincidence that after I disconnect the battery to clean the fuse box, it decides to die.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Anthony,

sounds like a batt


Anthony,

sounds like a battery charge would be the first thing to do, just in case that may be the issue.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
After a full charge take the b

After a full charge take the battery in for a load test. A partially shorted battery can deliver voltage but quits when there is a demand for amperage.

The reason I say this is because you mentioned brutally cold tempuratures. Batteries can freeze when allowed to become cold soaked which then expands the case and shifts plates within the battery. This can allow spacers to drop out of the plates and allow shorting.

Thats what happened to me on a battery that was 2 years old.

DJ
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks, guys. Tonight I will t

Thanks, guys. Tonight I will try to get my meter out and will charge overnight and perform a load test....I'll keep you posted!

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
My battery was just over 11 vo

My battery was just over 11 volts. I then started with headlights on (to see if in fact it is a battery problem) - headlights went out (so did the fuel pump). i'll charge battery tonight.....

Thanks,
Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Not sure if it is the case her

Not sure if it is the case here, but I can't count the number of times I've heard putting a new battery in a Ferrari cured all kinds of ills....
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I finally installed a new Opti

I finally installed a new Optima in mine. The old one was still performing well but on the really hot days would purge water out the vents. Not much but as far as I'm concerned ANY is too much. From now on I have decided to swear off wet cell batteries. I have seen too much damage caused by them.

DJ
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
DJ,

exactly which Optima re


DJ,

exactly which Optima red top model did you get? What is the Ah rating?

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Anthony,

the Yellow tops ar


Anthony,

the Yellow tops are for cars without exotic stereos.

They only have 1 or 2 sizes to choose from. Look at a part # Yell/34-78 and see how it fits.

Regards, JRV
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Thanks, I thought the yellow t

Thanks, I thought the yellow top was a deep cycle marine battery? I'll check it out...

Thanks,

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Hi Anthony,

I think they ca


Hi Anthony,

I think they call the Yellow Tops deep cycle "starting" batteries if I remember correctly. Which would translate to - "I leave my Ferrari sitting for weeks before starting sometimes"....
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Yes, the Red Tops seem to be t

Yes, the Red Tops seem to be the standard - Hey, I usually start my car every week to two weeks! : )

JRV, why did these cars come equiped with a 66Ah battery (according to the manual) - that seems like a large capacity - it's hard to find a car battery rated at that these days

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
The Optima I installed in my 3

The Optima I installed in my 308 was a Red Top #75/35, standard cycle, labeled as 'Starting Battery'. Mainly just for starting the car and not much else. I think the cold cranking amps were around 750.

It came with two standard top posts and the new style side terminals to which I installed auxilary cables routed to the forward, upper L/H side of the spare tire enclosure (outer) where I mounted a racing style slip connector and cap. I have a set of commercial grade jumpers with the matching slip connector mounted to one end.

I can jump and /or charge my battery without pulling the washer bottle and the spare, THEN standing on my head!.

I called my battery guy about the Yellow Top battery and he said it was an automotive deep cycle battery for cars and trucks with high amperage appliances like winches or large stereo amps. He said the Marine batteries are Blue Tops.

Hope this helps.

DJ
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Thanks, DJ.

I did not get a


Thanks, DJ.

I did not get a chance to try out my battery - I charged it and it seems to be holding a charge, so I'll put it back in this weekend and try it before purchasing a red top.

Thanks,

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
So far the Red Top has worked

So far the Red Top has worked fine for me since I removed the winch from the 308.

Check the water in your battery often, especially in the warmer climates. I am told that once the plates are exposed to air and allowed to dry out you loose that area of function.

Good luck! DJ
 
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