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Mk1 battery

Postby Northman » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:49 pm

Battery is dead on my Mk1, well I think it is. Same happened last winter but revived with the charger. Battery is now showing error but if it I leave for a few hours it shows about 4V but never any more.

So where can I buy a new battery from in the Aberdeen area suitable for a MK1. I currently have a Bosch, sealed I believe which is a requirement given the battery is in the car (boot) so to speak. Is this correct?

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Re: Mk1 battery

Postby drumtochty » Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:14 pm

You will get a similar one from Halfords in Aberdeen that will have vent holes which should be connected to the vent hoses in the boot but will be just a touch too large for the standard battery holdown brackets. Your car may well have larger brackets to hold the battery in place.

You will have to go to Autolink or MX5parts down south to get a Panasonic that is the absolute correct physical size which again has the vent nipples to get any acid vapour out the boot.

I assume you have a smart charger that is telling you of the error.

If you buy a non smart trickle charger say £15 and leave it on for a day you may well get it back to 12V and then put your smart charger on for a good few hours.

On the other hand life is too short so just get a new battery.
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Re: Mk1 battery

Postby Northman » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:19 pm

Ok thanks.
Yes I'm using a smart charger.
I don't see any vent tubes in the car or nipple on the Bosch battery.
Will take another look tomorrow.
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Re: Mk1 battery

Postby sarahlc » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:57 pm

This is how the battery with the original sized battery tray should look, with its vent tubes, this is the westco battery that is a direct replacement for the original. As Eddie has said you can also get a Panasonic which is the original battery brand for the MK1.
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There is a larger tray / clamp size that will look like this, this allows the batteries that are available from the likes of Halfords to fit.
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I have used the Westco batteries since 2009 and have been happy with them.
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Re: Mk1 battery

Postby drumtochty » Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:22 am

If the vent tubes are not there get second hand ones from autolink or make them up from some spare tubing if you have it to hand.

http://www.autolinkmx5.com/index.asp?function=search

MX5parts sell a kit to support a larger battery, the type 063 that Halfords sell but you could make up a kit yourself a lot cheaper.

http://www.mx5parts.co.uk/battery-fitti ... -3676.html

It is an MOT failure if the battery is likley to move if not fixed down propery
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Re: Mk1 battery

Postby iain cooper » Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:37 am

I must say this is a very helpful post for the OP and anyone else like myself just reading it.

well done!!

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