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#1 skyrydr2 ONLINE  

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Posted May 22, 2013 - 04:03 AM

I have never seen more trouble and maintainance issues than with top post batteries! Working for GM for many years I saw tons of battery issues ... And most of them were of coarse terminal issues . Only time we had side terminal issues were when they were loose or Delco had a bad batch that were broken internally. All other issues were top post related.... The dang things would corrode and you never saw it... Then you cleaned them and they never tightened up again .... What a pain.. my diesel did just this Saturday ... I was ready to burn it I was so mad . Next trip is to the parts store for side terminal cables and be done with the top posts . They will be used just for aux. power needs like jumper cables or something external.
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Posted May 22, 2013 - 04:11 AM

I loved the top & side post batteries in my old k2500!  Made it a great jump vehicle!


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Posted May 22, 2013 - 04:48 AM

I coat mine with grease to keep the corrosion down.

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Posted May 22, 2013 - 06:33 AM

Yup, a coating of dielectric grease on mine anytime the terminals are off for any reason and I never have any issues with them
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Posted May 22, 2013 - 06:59 AM

  I use antiseize on all mine.

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Posted May 22, 2013 - 07:28 AM

Other than Delco side posts leaking acid from cracked cases, easily stripped out terminal holes, easily rounded cable bolt heads, lousy access to the cables, more complaints than top posts about corrosion, I suppose they would do in a pinch. But NOT in any of my vehicles.


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Posted May 22, 2013 - 08:37 AM

Wrong bolt length, over tightened, wrong wrench choice...all lead to issues with side terminals for sure. But I still prefer them over top post. Especially with most of the new ones, as the threaded hole is now deeper because of punctured terminals. This is what caused most of their issues.
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Posted May 22, 2013 - 10:49 AM

One issue to be wary of is that if you change from one type to the other the + terminal could short to chassis if you don't insulate it or secure the battery properly. The last tractor I got had a brand new battery in it but it was just sitting in the tray without the hold down which was MIA. When the tractor goes back together the battery will be properly secured and a red boot will be on the + connection.



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Posted May 22, 2013 - 11:03 AM

I've been using a product called  NO-OX-ID A-Special for years on batteries and anything else that I don't want to weather, it works! Been around since 1918 in the marine industry, Navy used it for moth-balling ships, link below

http://www.sanchem.com/index.html


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Posted May 22, 2013 - 11:43 AM

I dislike side post myself for the reasons mentioned above.

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Posted May 22, 2013 - 12:56 PM

I have had better luck with top post than side posters.  Having said that, I use a jump box and don't usually do anything but clean the posts occasionally.



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Posted May 22, 2013 - 06:04 PM

I dislike side post myself for the reasons mentioned above.

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yup me too   more issue with stripped bolts and bolt heads and corrosion from side posts   not to mention if you ever have to use jumper cables with a side post you can never get a good bite on them... ill take top post anyday


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