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How long do you leave your Z parked?

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by ShanksKop, Mar 13, 2019 at 9:03 AM.

  1. ShanksKop

    ShanksKop
    Z Club Member

    How do returns work? Who pays for postage (assume it's costly)?

    I've always attempted to get Euro Car Parts/GSF to price match, so then I can pop in with any returns
     
  2. toopy

    toopy
    Z Club Member

    You don't need to remove them completely, but loosen them while charging, if you take them right off, acid could spit out as it charges!

    The level of the liquid should be a few mm above the metal plates, use a torch to properly see inside.
     
  3. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Are all the 069 ones the exact same size though - not sure they are ... best to measure still I think.
     
  4. AliK

    AliK
    Z Club Member
    Staff Member Moderator

    Oooooh I really like that !!! :thumbs:

    And +1 or mr Toopy's advice, I once (and only once!) did this without them on on my first car and found acid spat out EVERYWHERE !!!!!

    Who here remembers those 6 plastic screw caps that were always impossibly tight!? Or the acid tablets you could drop in to recondition the cells!? ;)

    Final thought - I have been sorely tempted with one of these to reduce weight and have the positive terminal in a less precarious place! Maybe next time - in 10 years ;)

    http://www.super-b.com/en/automotive-1
     
  5. Sam_C

    Sam_C
    Z Club Member

    Lithium-Ion batteries have to be handled carefully, especially in the charging regime. I saw a video of some American "car guys" who had put an ex-Tesla battery pack into a pick-up and were charging it with a golf-cart charger. The pack is made of many small individual cells (7,100 in their most common pack!) and the good ol' boys
    managed to get a bit of thermal runaway and the pack cooked off like it was November 5th, individual cells being launched like rockets in all direction. And you can't really stop it by throwing a bit of water on it, they eventually had to run for cover and call in the local Fire Brigade to cool it down. On the plus side they are very light!
     
  6. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Moderator

    Turn the battery around and re-cable.
     
  7. AliK

    AliK
    Z Club Member
    Staff Member Moderator

    I guess the point was more reducing weight than the connector safety.

    The point on Lithium Ion charging and heat runaway scares me a lot - but equally I have many friends who race for fun or semi-pro who use them to great effect so there must be a safe way of having these batteries as replacements for Lead Acid.
     
  8. Farmer42

    Farmer42
    Z Club Member

    If the battery is faulty and is under warranty, the supplier should cover the cost of a return. I think this lot send a courier to collect it after you complete a form. The details are on their website but it doesn't look to be much hassle. GSF or ECP will only price match to an identical item. I don't think they supply this make of battery.
     
  9. ShanksKop

    ShanksKop
    Z Club Member

    The CTEK charger is telling me the batteries charged. What was the thinking for letting it sit for a week, purely to see if it's holding charge?

    Also that isolator is that attached to any terminal or a specific one?
     
  10. ShanksKop

    ShanksKop
    Z Club Member

    Good shout, I'll check when I take the battery back to the vehicle. This thing is back breaking, with how heavy it is

    Lights imI now aware of....
    Map light
    Glove box
    Dome Light
     
  11. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Moderator

    Yes
     
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  12. toopy

    toopy
    Z Club Member

    The earth
     
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  13. Jimbo

    Jimbo 1978 260z in yellow

    dont charge the battery indoors they give off flammable and toxic gasses!
    the easiest way to find a current drain is to disconnect the positive lead and wire in series an ammeter, this will tell you the size of your current drain.
    now pull fuses one by one until you see a significant drop in the current drain on the meter, find out what circuit the fuse you just pulled controls then you will be able to pinpoint along which circuit your drain is.
    if you've pulled all the fuses and you still have a drain then you need to look at ignition lives and the wires to starter motor and alternator and the starter and alternator itself.
    remove connections one at a time being very careful if its live wires as you do not want them to touch earth at all costs!!! all your trying to do is make the ammeter drop so you can find the current draw.
    mine was loosing battery charge and it turned out to be the stereo had been wired in permenently live and the live starter cable insulation was breaking down and leaking to earth
     
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