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Old 02-17-2007, 01:37 PM
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I have a regular battery from Antique Auto Battery. It constantly needs water about once a week when it is on a trickle charger. Not so much when it is in the car during the warm months. This aspect of the 1950's I do not enjoy so much - battery maintenance.

Do I understand that you have the extra-cost maintenance-free version? I thought that was sealed, so you could not check the acid level.

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Ok your gonna love this one., Found out today that my 1 YEAR old battery from Antique Auto Battery was "DRY" Yup DRY, had to order fluid for it...So i have been charging a "drained" maintenance free battery.... Lets here the thoughts on that one??
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I have a regular battery from Antique Auto Battery. It constantly needs water about once a week when it is on a trickle charger. Not so much when it is in the car during the warm months. This aspect of the 1950's I do not enjoy so much - battery maintenance.

Do I understand that you have the extra-cost maintenance-free version? I thought that was sealed, so you could not check the acid level.
ahhh yeah,., that is what i paid for. now i have to go look at it, I was told that a sealed battery still has fluid in it..I don't know but that is what i have been told???what do you think...I cam going to call the mechanic and see that the heck is going on here.....
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ahhh yeah,., that is what i paid for. now i have to go look at it, I was told that a sealed battery still has fluid in it..I don't know but that is what i have been told???what do you think...I cam going to call the mechanic and see that the heck is going on here.....
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Most of the "so called" sealed/maintenance free batteries aren't really sealed. They don't have caps on them, they have a square or rectangular plastic lid, cover, etc., that WILL come off. The only batteries I know of that truly are sealed are those high dollar gel types.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:02 PM
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I am not sure on the access of these maintenance-free Antique Auto Batteries. They are apparently a maintenance-free battery surrounded by a case that looks like an antique battery. They have a lower output than the regular battery, and that me decide to get the regular battery that needed maintenance.
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I have to go the mechanic and look at the battery, i am thinking there has to be leak of some sort and a hole big enough to let the juice out of it, I think they are also on a pro-rated warranty for 4 years...
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I have to go the mechanic and look at the battery, i am thinking there has to be leak of some sort and a hole big enough to let the juice out of it, I think they are also on a pro-rated warranty for 4 years...
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You can't look at a battery and tell for yourself if it has a hole in it?

I'm thinking when you ordered the battery, you were supposed to order the acid for it, and you never did.
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The maintenance-free batteries are already pre-filled with acid by the company. The regular antique batteries are shipped dry and need acid added to them.
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I still say somthing is draining that battery. Just because it's burning all the acid out. Just my thought for the day.....Bill
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Sounds to me like they sold him a regular battery and told him it was a sealed one.Probably just a honest mistake.I'm am quite sure no one would sell you a battery knowing it needed electrolite without telling you.George 60HT
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Bill you might be right.If so all he needs to do is fill it up,charge it up.Turn on the headlights for about 10 seconds to take the surface charge off.Check the volts,disconnect the battery and come back tomorrow or next day and check the charge again.If it is the same the battery is good.Then hook it back up and check again in a few days to see if it stills charged,if not then he has a dead short somewhere.Hope not though they can be a bear to find.Good Luck George 60 HT
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