New Battery

Old 06-25-03, 10:15 AM
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New Battery

Quick question about new batteries.

I have a 1990 Acura Integra RS Standard Trans. No A/C equipped.

The battery is at least seven years old (maintenence type). I am going to check it with my DMM tonight, but even if it reads good, woudln't it be better just to get a new one to be on the safe side? Is low battery voltage the only indicator that the battery needs replacement?
Old 06-25-03, 10:27 AM
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Yea, that one's on borrowed time. Replace it with a maintenance free one.
Old 06-25-03, 07:01 PM
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general info- Other signs a battery needs replacement is obvious signs of leakage, ends of the battery swollen out and voltage seepage.. You can check for voltage seepage with your meter..Hook the negative lead to the negative post, and then lightly run the positive lead of the meter around the surface of the battery, and see if it picks up voltage. If you start reading 2,3 or more volts simply by touching the side of the battery case, the battery is pretty well shot..It still may start the car fine, but it's on it's way out.
And I agree with Joe..7 years is a LONG time on a battery..time to replace it now, before it hangs your out to dry somewhere...

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