Correct Battery for 200 20v

PyRo pyro_10314 at
Fri Mar 11 15:56:03 EST 2005

i just replaced the battery in my car. I've also just
spent the past hour or so looking at the archives and
realized that there is a alot of information there. 
THe question i have is, the battery that i took out
did not have a hose for venting so i did not bother to
look when i put my new battery in. Are there certain
types of batteries that dont need the vent hose hooked
up or do they all need it? or if it starts to get hot
should i tell everyone i have rear heated seats also.
--- Steve Scalmanini <sscalmanini at> wrote:
> I tried one or two Interstate batteries 3-4  years
> back when I last 
> replaced my battery and I do NOT recommend them. 
> Not because their 
> quality is poor, per se, but because their vent hole
> is in the middle 
> of the rear side instead of in the end of the left
> side.  Attaching 
> to this vent hole is not possible because the
> battery holding bracket 
> is in the way.  The hole in the Interstate battery
> was also oval, not 
> round, so I couldn't get a 90' adapter into it to
> adapt from the hole 
> in the battery to the vent tube.  (The OEM battery
> has a round nipple 
> built-in to the end of the battery, to attache the
> vent hose directly.)  
> I took the Interstate back and got an Exide from
> Kragan instead.  
> It's vent hole is in the correct end and was round
> so I was able 
> to use a 90' plastic fitting to adapt from that hole
> to the vent 
> tube.  
> One note of caution (that I posted about then):
> while the rear seat 
> bottom is off, test to see if the vent tube is
> unobstructed (just 
> blow into it - but don't use you lips directly
> unless you want a 
> case of hot lips.)  Mine was pinched where a couple
> of tabs secured 
> it to the undercarriage high over the rear axle.  To
> clear it I had 
> to use a flashlight and loooong (~20") screwdriver
> at an odd angle 
> (from near the tire, I think) to bend those tabs
> open a little so 
> they didn't pinch the tube any longer.  I did with
> the car on a 
> lift so the wheels were sagging down to allow for
> the screwdriver 
> handle to fit between the tire and the wheel well
> liner.  
> Good luck, 
> Steve 
> Ukiah, CA 
> Correct Battery for 200 20v
> Abe Berman yellowcuda at 
> Thu Mar 10 14:40:07 EST 2005 
> I searched the archives but didn't see a definitive
> answer.  My
> battery is just about shot (forget cranking, it
> didn't even have the
> juice for the power locks or radio this zero degree
> morning) and I
> would like to replace it with an interstate
> (existing one is an
> energizer installed by PO).  The interstate website
> lists the MTP-91,
> anybody have a BTDT?  What are you folks running?
> I will be checking for drains on the system and/or
> notorious type 44
> splice once I get a new battery in there.
> TIA,
> Abe in Burlington
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