My Honda dealer asking $120 for Battery change - Need Help

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Santa, Oct 22, 2003.

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    Santa Guest


    I need help, my dealer charging $120 for battery change, could
    somebody suggest me where can I get it done for less, also if I buy
    inCostco, Is it hard to fix?. Thanks in advance and appreciated.

    Santa, Oct 22, 2003
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    DrPimpDaddi Guest

    Go to Autozone and get one for half the price. Installing is easy, if you know
    how to use a wrench.

    I do not killfile nor use do-not-call lists.
    DrPimpDaddi, Oct 22, 2003
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    Randolph Guest

    I usually get my batteries at Sears. Their batteries are good and
    reasonably priced. You can just buy the battery or have them replace it
    for you.

    Replacing it yourself is an easy task, 5 - 10 minutes for someone who
    has done it before.
    Randolph, Oct 22, 2003
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    I need help, my dealer charging $120 for battery change, could
    Since you're asking this question, I'm guessing that you never worked
    yourself of any car and that you have very little mechanical skills.
    Changing a battery takes 5 minutes. You unscrew and disconnect to cables.
    Then undo the battery holder bracket and swap the battery. Put everything
    back in place being careful in putting the + and - terminals as they were
    initially to reconnect the cables properly. Clean up the terminals and
    cables and reconnect. Then bolt everything back in place. It is a good idea
    to put some grease on the connectors to reduce oxidation.
    If you're not sure, just any garage will do it. Just stick major battery
    brands and make sure they use the correct power (especially if it gets cold
    where you live). They will probably install it for free or almost.
    Paul Bielec, Oct 22, 2003
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    Andrew Guest

    When my 3-year old battery gave out, I had a friend at work give
    me a jumpstart and I drove straight to WalMart to buy a replacement.
    The only problem I had is that I discovered the nuts that held the
    battery on were metric so I had to go back into WalMart to buy a
    cheapo metric socket set.

    Do it yourself, it's easy.

    Andrew, Oct 22, 2003
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    BillW Guest

    It is not as simple as these posts make you think. TAKE THE NEGATIVE LEAD
    OFF FIRST. I saw one idiot take the positive lead first. As the wrench hit
    the frame... After medical costs and all WAS IT WORTH IT. Make sure you
    understand what you are doing first.....
    BillW, Oct 22, 2003
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    dold Guest

    Walmart batteries seem to be okay. I would stay away from Kragen. After
    years of buying their batteries with long pro-rated warranties, and getting
    discounted replacements every couple of years, I realized that I was just
    renting batteries, and never really bought one. It dawned on me when I was
    replacing the Kragen battery in my truck and realized that the OEM battery
    in my newer car had already outlasted a couple of Kragen batteries.

    A quality battery is a better thing.
    dold, Oct 22, 2003
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    jim Guest

    its not just the HONDA people.. friend was at work and his burglary
    alarm on his car did not work...opened the hood and gave him a jump to
    start up the car and first after putting the cables on his alarm then
    started to work... told him it thought it was the battery... he jumped
    into the car and ran over to the Chrysler dealer and the next day told
    me that they put a new battery in and adjusted(???????) his air
    conditioner... that did not make much sense, they charged him $320.. and
    he was happy that it was not more.... Kinda high for a $50 battery...
    go to auto zone and buy one for $49.00 the same size battery with the
    same amp. hour rating of about 420 CCA(cold cranking amps...).........
    jim, Oct 23, 2003
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    Bob Guest

    What dealership you going to? Honda batteries are $70 @ the dealer. I
    usually by Interstate for about the same $$$. Both will outlast anything
    from Wally world, K-world, and many various auto part stores. You get what
    you pay for. Compare CCA
    Bob, Oct 23, 2003
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    Guest Guest

    The Nov. 2003 Consumer Reports has ratings for batteries, but almost
    anything is acceptable if you plan to replace it every 3 years,
    especially if you connect an external charge to it every week or so
    (keeps battery fully charged, removes sulfate coating, and final
    charge rate will indicate battery condition). has several articles about car care and
    repair. Changing a battery isn't difficult, but be sure to remove the
    negative terminal first, and when installing the new battery, install
    the negative terminal last. Clean the posts and terminals (clean
    terminals with baking soda and water to neutralize acid) and coat them
    with waterproof grease before reattaching (coat even the contact
    surfaces of the terminals; grease will not interfere with electrical
    conduction). High temperature disk brake wheel bearing grease is good
    for this because it doesn't run (look for alumina based grease, but
    lithium based grease is also acceptable), while Vaseline will run and
    possibly get into the battery. Charge the battery for several hours
    to maximize life, preferrably with an automatic charger.
    Guest, Oct 23, 2003
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    Chris Garcia Guest

    Guess I'll add my own battery story.. My battery had gone dead at work,
    after getting a jump, I headed straight to Auto Zone. I got a new
    battery, plopped it in.. Tightened the terminals, and they were LOOSE..
    As in the terminals were as tight as possible, and wouldn't stay on the

    Turns out the positive battery terminal was so corroded and worn that it
    wasn't thick enough to wrap around the post tight enough.. Definitely a
    problem. I managed to "rig" a solution though.. I got my grandfather (a
    plumber) to take a piece of copper pipe (about the size of the terminal)
    and split it open (so the pipe would open up to the size of the post)..
    Got the "shim" and tapped it onto the post.. terminal fit perfectly.. and
    stayed on until I got the battery cables replaced later on in the year.

    -Chris <- My Homepage <- *NEW* My cars <- *Sort-of NEW* My dogs <- Centerpoint Station, the "ghost-
    town" of the Star Wars Universe!
    Chris Garcia, Oct 23, 2003
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