What kind of battery for a 1995 Civic?

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  1. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Mine needs replacing. After 11 years, the original battery finally gave in! Can't complain.

    I've had some trouble finding the 'right' battery for my car.

    Any advice?
     
  2. BarryW macrumors member

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    Does the old one not have a model number that you could use?
    Or take it to a spares part and ask they have a similar one, they might pop it in for free.
    Or phone a Honda dealer, and ask them for the type
     
  3. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Wow, how many times have you recharged that battery?
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Just find a battery the right size and shape. as pointed out a 51R.

    Walmart should have a cheap battery they will install for free if you can get the car there. $40-50 + tax

    Just remember to take the old battery with you, or they will charge you extra.

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    Or go anywhere and buy a battery based on warranty, which will be more than a 12 month free replacement battery.

    Don't really have to pay much for any of the extras, since the corrosion sprays and felt washers are cheap. Likely $0.99-1.99 for the felt anti-corrosion thingy.

    The gel batteries however would be best for the cold, but very pricey.
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    if you go to an autozone or a kragen, they should be able to look up the particular battery you need.
     
  6. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Only once, last night!

    I'm writing an email to Honda about this.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Yes, the battery last only twice as long as can be expected.

    How shameful.

    Look at the battery tray, if the battery looks small inside the tray.

    You may be able to put in a larger battery, which helps in cold/hot areas.
     
  8. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    No I didn't mean that it wasn't long enough, I mean it's an anomaly! Manufactured 1994, battery finally gave in Feb 2007. Amazing.
     
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Um, I'm pretty sure it's to say "Holy crap, I can't believe it lasted this long!".

    And $5 says it's a Panasonic or some other Japanese electronics company.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    You sure it's the battery? it could very well be a bad alternator. worth a look. hopefully its the battery as an alternator can be like 150-200 bucks just for the part.

    you dont want to buy a new battery and find that it too doesnt work in a little bit due to a bad alternator lol
     
  11. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    well he needs a new battery any how. at 11 years it was in need of replacement 6 years ago so even if the alternator is bad it still needs to be replaced
    that being said it is worth checking the alternator considering you car is over 11 years old. It would not surpise me in the least to see it failing as well.
     
  12. BarryW macrumors member

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    I just replaced my battery, and the guy says the average life of a battery is about 4-5years, 11 years is pretty good going.

    The alternator should be easier enough to check if you have a volt-meter.
    With the car idling the voltage across the terminal should be approximately 13V

    Batteries normally die when of the cells becomes faulty, a battery center can check this with one of their gadgets .
     
  13. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Actually if the alternator is going the battery is probably not far behind. When the battery gets lots of deep cycles it stimulates the formation of large crystals. The large crystals can poke through the medium (either a gelled sulphuric acid or fiberglass mats soaked in sulphuric acid and cause a short. which takes out one of the cells in the battery.
     

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