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Old 07-30-2015, 08:04 AM
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

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Just raise the hood (to get rid of the heat sink!) and keep it on a battery tender......

We live in central TX and it gets pretty warm in our garage, especially when you bring a hot car into it.

First thing I always do is raise the hood on the vehicle then plug the Battery Tender into the battery pigtail (supplied by BT). I use a BT on all the vehicles (including the motorcycle) and never a problem in 12 years. The oldest battery was 5 years old and still tested out strong.

And, as another poster stated, you just bring the seat forward and tilt it up. Note that the battery is quite heavy and having two people makes it easier to remove....

And I thought I was the only one that raised the hood when I get home. I attach my Optimate6 aautomatic charger to the remote battery posts. I worry that all the things that use voltage may deplete the battery.

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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

there is a reason the manufacturer put those felt battery blankets on the batteries, it was to keep the heat off of the battery, so putting it under the seat was an great move
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

i also put a ctek charger on the SRT when it sits in the garage and i have had a Harley battery last 9 years by always putting it on a charger
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:36 AM
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

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And I thought I was the only one that raised the hood when I get home.
I often thought of that. It's just a PITA to do every time you come home from driving in the hot weather. And I'm not sure what, if any good it would do?

I thought of getting one of those industrial type of pedestal fans from Harbor Freight, and placing it in front of the vehicle and set it up a timer, so once started it would run for 30 minutes or so and aid in dissipating the high under the hood temperatures in the Summer, then shut off automatically. I'm just not sure the results obtained would be worth the effort?
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

i have a 3 car garage and have 2 ceiling fans that i turn on when i put the SRT away. that also cool down the paint and also the whole garage
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

i try to baby all my cars, and since i want the HELLCAT Jeep i am babying this one. I also have a 67 Coronet RT Hemi with 11000 original miles that is mint so i like to take care of them!
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

For me I think a better solution would be to install an evaporative cooler in my garage. It would involve more work and expense. But the results would be better overall than screwing around opening and closing hoods every time I go somewhere. Evaporative coolers in garages are quite common out here, and they do help reduce temperatures quite well, as well as add some much needed humidity.
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there is a reason the manufacturer put those felt battery blankets on the batteries, it was to keep the heat off of the battery, so putting it under the seat was an great move
I think it's for cold rather than heat. Down here in Oz, our Jeep batteries come installed perfectly nude. I'm amazed that there is so much concern over heat on batteries. I'm an old fart now and have more or less worked on cars here in Australia most of my life and I have never heard or read of anyone having an issue with too much heat on the battery. Provided the batteries are kept topped up with distilled water (old style batteries), they last a good few years even in our long +40C(104F) summers.

Another thing, those wanting to put their batteries on chargers overnight, should ensure the charger is designed specifically for AGM batteries. Old charges may not fully charge the battery or may even cause damage.
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

actually if you google it, heat is worse on a battery. if the manufacturers eliminiated that blanket they could save millions of dollars and they did that by moving it to under the seat. automakers in the 70s eliminiated the rear window handles and saved millions as per a old friend from Pontiac who was an engineer for them and an auto tech instructor on the side
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

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actually if you google it, heat is worse on a battery.
Very true. I know from first hand experience. Back in Chicago batteries had no problem surviving 5 or 6 sub zero winters before failing. At least if you bought a high capacity one with a lot of cold cranking amps.

Out here in the desert Southwest, I've NEVER had a battery survive more than 2 full Summers before dying. And it doesn't matter what kind you buy. I've tried them all.
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

very true, I'm about 30 miles west of chicago and until i started putting battery maintainers on my vehicles, batteries never lasted me more than 3 years although technology has gotten better
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very true, I'm about 30 miles west of chicago and until i started putting battery maintainers on my vehicles, batteries never lasted me more than 3 years although technology has gotten better
I noticed you're from Bartlett. I lived 9 years in Streamwood. Just off Bartlett Rd. and Streamwood Boulevard. It was from 1976 to 1985.
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