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Old 11-10-2002, 11:01 AM   #1
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It's an '02, why not just bring it back to the dealer?
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Old 11-10-2002, 11:34 AM   #2
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I would try to get a AGM (abosorbed glass matt)/dry type of battery.I have a Pro-Volt in my WRX.Its really small and is light ,yet has 2hr reserve capacity and 1100 CCA.I got it at Summit racing.Optima/Interstate also makes a really good battery that uses AGM and is spiral wound.The good part about these batteries is ...they dont leak.The Pro-Volt bolted right in even though it is smaller...





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Old 11-10-2002, 11:45 AM   #3
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Default Help - Leaky Battery. Corrosion of Metal Bits in Engine Bay

I just noticed that the battery in my Forester has been slowly leaking acid. The battery tiedown bar is badly corroded as are the two threaded rods that attach the tiedown bar to the engine compartment. I think the acid has also leaked onto parts of the engine bay body shell.

Has anyone ever replaced the battery mounting hardware and associated stuff? It looks like the only way I can remove the rods and bar are to cut them and then lift out the batter and tray. The what? If the rod mounting points on the body are corroded, would I have to use something like JB Weld to reform the mounting points so I can sink new rods?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 11-10-2002, 12:09 PM   #4
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The WRX is an 02. The Forester is a 97 well out of warranty.

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Old 11-10-2002, 01:46 PM   #5
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Wilkey,
They make aftermarket battery trays and battery hold down kits. You should be able to find them at your local autoparts store near the battery rack.

I'd try to get the current battery out of the car (be very careful not to get acid on the exterior paint). Then some baking soda all over the area and hose off with water will nuetralize the acid and clean things up. Wear gloves.

Try to get a good look at the damage. If your paint inside the engine bay where the battery is bolted is all messed up, you might want to repaint things with some Rustolem or something before bolting the battery tray back in.

Usually the rods and bar are just held in by the top nuts. So, when you disconnect the top nuts, you just push down on teh rod and unhook it. Something like that. I'm not sure on the new cars. You shouldn't have to cut anything though.

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Old 11-10-2002, 04:25 PM   #6
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I got a similar problem with my '99 Legacy. Being lazy, all I did was spill some coca-cola over the effected area. Sure its much smarter to swap out the 'leaky' battary for something that actually works and doesnt leak. I guess I should probably remove the entire battary and checkout the tray too...
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Old 11-10-2002, 07:46 PM   #7
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Paul,

Thanks for the info big guy. In fact, just today I saw replacement rod and wingnut kits at Walmart. I'll check Advance Autopart tomorrow.

Jonathan,

Why'd you spill Coke on the area? Coke is highly acidic.

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