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epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:01 am

I just got a *new* battery, and found out it is about 15mm (3/4") too TALL. The engine cover 'almost' closes, but not quite.
Is there any way I can make this work? What about cutting off the inside padding on the engine lid where the battery terminals are protruding too high? I could glue a piece of thin rubber to the under side of the lid to prevent the battery from shorting thru the metal lid.
...Or I guess I don't need to have the lid completely closed (but then that would mean more noise....... (??)

dobryan Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:06 am

Return the battery and get one that fits. You do not want to mess around with a potential battery short in the future.

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:08 am

Yeah - you are right.... no point in wasting time on this :( Too bad :(

calo1956 Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:08 am

Sounds like you need another new battery to me! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but why would you modify your van for the wrong battery? Just saying...

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:11 am

calo1956 wrote: Sounds like you need another new battery to me! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but why would you modify your van for the wrong battery? Just saying...

I know... silly question...

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:02 pm

The battery is an 8" tall better (not including terminals)... does a Vanagon useually take a 7" battery?

This battery is actually on 1/2 too tall... the highest point on the engine is only 1/2 lower than this battery.

djkeev Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:06 pm

What is the model / group size of the battery you have?

What was on the old one?

Dave

MarkWard Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:10 pm

Not cheap, but my battery charger is set for the AGM battery I use for camping. Because it will charge up to 3 batteries at one time, I opted for an AGM battery for a starting battery. This one fits really well in the diesel tray in the engine bay.

It probably lists the dimensions in the description if that helps.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FY5UF8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:11 pm

djkeev wrote: What is the model / group size of the battery you have?

What was on the old one?

Dave

Old one was not stock
New one is GROUP 24F

djkeev Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:22 pm

Shouldn't your diesel take a group 41??

24F

Length: 10.75 in
Width: 6.75 in
Height: 9 in

41

Length: 11.5625 in
Width: 6.875 in
Height: 6.875 in

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:24 pm

Does anyone know the correct GROUP SIZE for T3 early diesels?

Is the GROUP SIZE different for WBX engines?

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:29 pm

djkeev wrote: Shouldn't your diesel take a group 41??

24F

Length: 10.75 in
Width: 6.75 in
Height: 9 in

41

Length: 11.5625 in
Width: 6.875 in
Height: 6.875 in

This is the first time in my life I've heard about "group" sizes. But yes a 41 would fit.

djkeev Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:36 pm

Just cjhecked my interstate catalogue ....... 82 Vanagon 1.6 MT 41

Yes, group 41

Dave

crazyvwvanman Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:37 pm

Yes, the Group 41 fits the diesels. I think 40R is a close alternative found in some stores around me as 41 seems to be slowly fading away.

Mark

markswagen Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:47 pm

if you have an interstate store near you, they have the group 41, if they don't have one, they will get one, that's where i buy batteries for my customers.

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:35 pm

crazyvwvanman wrote: Yes, the Group 41 fits the diesels. I think 40R is a close alternative found in some stores around me as 41 seems to be slowly fading away.

Mark

OK... taking this battery back...
Here is a 40R $50CAD
>>> they say it was used in a car for 2 years. Hopefully not abused.
https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/pts/d/car-battery/6726031547.html

djkeev Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:47 pm

Unknown used battery........ not how I would roll but best of luck to you!

Dave

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:53 pm

djkeev wrote: Unknown used battery........ not how I would roll but best of luck to you!

Dave

Yeah I know - - - - possible it might be junk.
In fact I will probably PASS on this battery because I don't have a great feeling about the seller. I think when buying an unknown used battery, the only thing you have to go on is your 'feeling' about the integrity of the seller.

For example when czrzyvanman came to visit us 2 years ago he left with me a BOSCH battery which looked brand new - but Mark said it was fried due to using it to power his fridge. Couldn't hold a charge well anymore - but it looks GREAT.

PS--- hmmmm - maybe I should sell it to some Czech sucker :D

dobryan Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:13 pm

Ed, Please buy a new battery from a known vendor with a warranty. You'll be glad you did.

epowell Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:47 pm

dobryan wrote: Ed, Please buy a new battery from a known vendor with a warranty. You'll be glad you did.
...but by now you KNOW how CHEAP I am :shock: :lol: :lol:



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