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I'm tempted to do the same thing with the vent hose.
My battery suffered a similar fate. I checked the water a few days ago
and the top of the plates were dry in all 6 cells. I added water but it
seems the damage was done. It had been starting a bit stronger after I
added water, but this morning it didn't have enough juice to start the
car. I had to bump start it. I've been out and about today and it
starts each time, but don't know about another overnighter...
I seem to remember a post or two in the past about low battery voltage
affecting the amount of boost that is allowed by the ECU. Am I
imagining this or did I really read it in the past?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Saturday, March 14, 1998 4:20 PM
> To: Audi; email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Battery
> Ok, now, let's reel this in.... I just put that battery in my '92 100
> last night
> and left the vent hose under the seat. What's the difference? I the
> vent hose is
> for the battery, not the car, correct? Please don't tell me I just
> screwed up
> with the battery.... I like those 810 cranking amps.
> Also, now accepting all manner of mail accusing me of outright
> stupidity. My car
> would not start last Thursday morning; dead battery. I go and buy a
> new battery
> and put in Friday night. Everything's fine, the car runs, the code is
> into the radio. Fine. I'm disposing (properly) of my old battery about
> 2 hours
> ago and check the fluid... ready for this... fluid level is
> approximately 1 inch
> from the bottom. Ever see the "Min" line? It's about a half inch from
> the top.
> My battery's last inspection... 11/14/91. Ooooo, that thing died a
> screaming death.
> Sean Ford
> '92 Audi 100CS 5-spd 35k miles
> '98 Honda CR-V EX auto 1000 miles
> '89 Suzuki Katana 600 hibernating but beginning to stir...
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Probably gonna need a new battery for the 200qw this weekend. Adding
> water was probably a temporary fix.
> Checked the International Everstart by Johnson Controls at Wal-Mart.
> has no provision for a vent hose. I was rather disappointed.
> Any other suggestions? I'm going to start calling around this
> and see what I can find.