What's the best battery to get for Honda Civic 98 Dx Hatchback manual

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Mark, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    I just bought a used Honda Civic 98 and I noticed now that if I try to start
    the car while it's been unused for a day or 2 in cold weather the battery
    sounds weak.
    What's the best battery to get for a Honda Civic 98 Dx Hatchback 5 speed
    manual 1.6L engine?

    Mark, Dec 8, 2003
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    JR Lomas Guest

    What's the best battery to get for a Honda Civic 98 Dx Hatchback 5 speed
    This of course is my personal opinion. From what I read on consumer reports
    the Megatron Interstate batteries are one of the best out there. Those
    batteries also sport 500CCA's (cold cranking amps) compared to the stock
    410CCA; thus, it makes cranking somewhat easier. The model for my car (94
    Civic 5 speed) is a MT-51R. Should be the same for yours.
    By the way, the stock battery from the dealer is pretty good. It is made by
    AC Delco and the price for it is ~$51, which is very resonable for a

    - JR
    JR Lomas, Dec 9, 2003
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    Dave Dodson Guest

    Hunt hard...Kill quick...Offer No Apologies!
    First be sure that the battery is the problem. Make sure all of the
    connections, the battery itself, and the tray are clean. A dirty battery
    will discharge itself (albeit rather slowly). In regards to a replacement, I
    can only speak for batteries made in the US. There are only three companies
    that build batteries (major companies that is) in the US. 1) Exide; 2)
    Delco; and 3) Johnson Controls. All batteries are built by these companies
    to specifications provided by the retail companies, such as, Sears, NAPA,
    Auto Zone, etc. The difference lies there. Look for a strong batt, high cca
    and a good warranty such as offered by Sears and NAPA. However, I restate my
    case - first check the cleanliness! That is the major cause of battery
    Dave D
    Dave Dodson, Dec 9, 2003
  4. Mark,
    I'm sure that some will disagree but I've had great success with Sears Die
    Hard batteries. Don't buy one unless it's on sale. Sears will be running
    lots of sales during the next couple of weeks.
    Bill B. Johnson, Dec 9, 2003
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    chuck smoko Guest

    How does a dirty battery discharge itself? I assume we
    are talking about the terminals. If they are corroded and
    not making a good connections, then the batteries full pwr.
    can not make it to the starter. AND the alternator's full
    pwr. is not going into it.

    I do agree to have to charging system checked first to see if it
    is that battery. I do a "quick and easy" check with volt-ohm
    meter of the voltage on the battery when the car is running to
    check the charging system. It should have a voltage higher than
    12V when all of the accessories are on: high beams, rear de-
    froster, A/C, radio. I am aware of times where an alternator has
    one or more of its diodes blown,. However, an under load test
    should discover that the alternator is just not working well enough
    and needs replacement for most alternator problems (worn brush-
    es, bad diodes, field shorts....)


    PS: The exception to the load test is the "super high power" stereo
    systems that can overload the battery and the charging system.
    chuck smoko, Jan 31, 2004
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