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Old 15 May 2008, 03:46 am
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Default 2001 Honda Civic battery?

My first question is how much would one cost? haven't done too much research and i'm planning to get it done this weekend.Second, which brand / type would you recommend for someone like me living in Los Angeles (weather being inconsistantly 50-90 degs)And finally, would you recommend me to do this myself? I've done a lot of computer / electrical work but I've never touched a car more than the standard putting in oil / liquids.
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Old 15 May 2008, 04:17 am
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Here is a car battery guide:
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Old 15 May 2008, 04:31 am
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Three things on the battery1) there are only about 4 companies in the US that make batteries. the Honda battery is made by Interstate Batteries which is owned by Johnson Controls. You can find the brand names that their batteries are sold under on their website or searching the internet for battery manufacturers. Johnson Controls makes most of the batteries for most car makers. So the Interstate battery you buy in a parts store is the same as the one you buy from the dealer. Johnson Controls now supplies original equipment batteries for leading automakers, including DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. A stable of leading battery brands, including DieHard, Duralast, Interstate, ProStart, and Everstart, along with othersThe price at the parts store is usually less. The Honda Battery is about $80 at the dealer plus installation and testing of about $40 if you go to the dealer. parts stores such as AutoZone will test the battery for free.2) the parts store battery comes with a longer warranty even though the battery is the same. So buying the battery at a parts store is usually less expensive and comes with a longer warranty.3) you can replace the battery yourself if you have patience and a 10mm wrench. Be sure you have your radio code to reactivate the radio regardless of whether or not you do it yourself as your radio will go into anti-theft mode when the battery is disconnected.the tricky part of the battery replacement, if there is such a thing is the battery hold-down. that is the plastic bar that goes across the top of the battery and has a 10 mm nut on each end. that nut holds tension on the plastic "hold down" to keep the battery in place. When you take the nut off to remove the plastic bar the two studs that the nuts thread on to may drop down. don't worry; they are "J" hooks and they hook into the bottom of the tray. Just make sure you have them back in place after you change out the battery or you won't be able to put the hold down back on.when you disconnect the battery take the negative (black) cable off first then disconnect the red cable. when you reconnect the battery put the red cable on first then the black.hope that helps
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Why bother doing it yourself? Many auto parts stores will install the battery for "free" and thus save you the hassle of bringing the old one back to get your "core" fee refunded. There isn't a big difference in batteries so just get the cheapest one they have with the required cranking power, unless you souped up your sound system or such.
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