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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Apr 2005, 00:58

anyone know if these are still available for a shoveit. i used to have one on my old shoveit and it turned it over at near tickover speed.
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Postby Neilyman » 27 Apr 2005, 00:59

Yeah, I got one for mine just before winter, I`ll get you the code tomorrow. Might need a reminder though :wink:
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Postby Doive » 27 Apr 2005, 01:00

Never heard of it mate, but my battery is nearing the end of its useful life and I need a replacement before next winter sets in. Sounds like a good one.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Apr 2005, 01:04

Neilyman wrote:Yeah, I got one for mine just before winter, I`ll get you the code tomorrow. Might need a reminder though :wink:

lovely cheers mate.
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Postby Doive » 27 Apr 2005, 01:07

Ah. Forgive my feeble sleep riddled mind. I thought HD may have been some old type of battery I'd not heard of and was now obsolete. Both batteries I have had fitted to my chevette have been heavy duty, so they are still available. Apparently the one to go for is one called Delphi Freedom, good cold starting current and a long cranking time.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Apr 2005, 01:12

is the chevette prone to killing batteries?, were they a dodgy brand?, does your location mean it sucks the life out of them? or have you had your chevette a long time?
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Postby Neilyman » 27 Apr 2005, 01:17

Get the best you can afford....you get what you pay for!
Aftermarkt `cheapo` batteries only have a life of around 2-3yrs.
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Postby Doive » 27 Apr 2005, 01:25

I'd agree neily, the first battery I had was on the car since the dawn of time and so was completely knackered - first cold start I tried killed it entirely. The replacement battery was pinched out of the Kadett and it too shows very slow starting, but I don't know what age it is. The chevette appears to have a certain appetite for batteries, it can often flatten them entirely when starting on a cold morning.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Apr 2005, 01:31

hmmm... i don't want to be killing the battery when i'm on earlies as i only live about 8 miles from work so she wont get a proper charge and i don't particularly wish to take the scenic route home just to make sure i have enough charge in it for the next day. think i'm going to have to make sure she is well serviced when i get her up and running.
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Postby Neilyman » 27 Apr 2005, 01:34

Don`t forget the battery is not very big on a Chevette, & where it`s positioned, you can`t fit a big `un, so don`t expect miracles.
I`ve never had a problem on cold mornings...I spin the starter & pull the choke with the starter turning. If I pull the choke first, it takes longer to start for some reason. Saying that, I don`t think it`s as cold down here as in your bit of the world!
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Postby Doive » 27 Apr 2005, 01:35

It may just be my car mate, I only live 5 miles from uni and even on the bitterest cold morning she has always started, admittedly after keeping the engine cranking for about 5 or 6 seconds she will suddenly explode into life. The run to uni is more than enough to charge the battery up for the rest of the day, and even for weeks I have left her sitting and she has still started first time. If you are planning short daily hops around, I would take the car out once a fortnight or so for a good fast A road drive to get everything properly up to temperature and drive out any moisture that may build up, especially in the gearbox and axle.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 27 Apr 2005, 01:43

as my parents live in wales i would use it to go there as i go every other weekend but the only trouble is the lack of seatbelts in the rear which is a bit risky with the kids being in the car. it would be very dodgy to have them both in the front seat even though they are only 4 and 5 plus they would only start fighting... as if they needed an excuse.
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