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Old 11-27-2003, 12:26 AM
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Help with Battery

Greetings to all,

Just wondering what are the forum thoughts on dry cell car batteries i.e. Optima, or some of the other brands. I want to change the batteries on both my MB E 320, and my 240 Volvo. A friend suggested I switch from the conventional liquid cell battery to dry cell.

Just want to hear some opinions

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Old 11-27-2003, 10:47 AM
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Search on "optima"

and you will find alot of discussion - some pro some con. I put an "orange top" (not really orange anymore) optima in my 500e - it has the reversed terminal which match up to the 500e set up better than a conventional. I got it because I wanted some insurance against acid leak. It's foot print is smaller so the hold down needs some help. The car doesn't get used in winter, so I have a cut off switch to quick-disconnect the battery. Costs $30-50 more than a conventional. Is it worth it? I honestly don't know - I'll have to see how long it lasts.
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Old 11-27-2003, 08:53 PM
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Did you have to change the battery cables to reach the posts on the optima? How did you rig the hold-down? My "orange-top" is due to arrive next week, so I'm curious what might be involved.

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Old 11-27-2003, 10:22 PM
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They are not really 'dry cells'. It's just that the electrolyte solution is in a gel state.
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The forest Service used them in some of their vehicles. people out here buy the older F.S, trucks and SUV's at auction there are a lot of 88 and 89's with original
Optima batterys still going strong...............
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Old 11-28-2003, 11:00 AM
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No cable change....

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Originally posted by bobjohnston
Did you have to change the battery cables to reach the posts on the optima? How did you rig the hold-down? My "orange-top" is due to arrive next week, so I'm curious what might be involved.

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With the "orange top" the cables in my 500e reached fine. I used a piece of stiff styrofoam as a "shim" to hold the battery in the mount. So far so good.
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