C5 BATTERY TALES

With the sky clear, the temperature moderate (before this heat wave), I think even the planets were aligned I decided to take the C5 out for a spin. Like most things, you never get enough time to do the things you want to do, so I was looking forward to a cruise.

Cover off, top down, open garage door, hope in, turn the key to start, flat battery “damn you Bundy”. Get the charger out, the battery boost cycle turns it a bit, but did no start the LS1. Garage door up, top up, cover on. Put it on charge for a while. 4 days later lets see the result. We have all heard that dreaded sound when she is trying to turn over but no cigar.

That’s it new battery . Well it ain’t a quick job. First the washer bottle has to be pulled out no real biggie.

Wash Bottle Comes Out and although C5s provide clear evidence that Corvettes have evolved a long ways since their inception, a man with tools hasn’t come too far from the apes.

But then you have to disconnect the battery easy, bloody long thin threads with no room to get you hand in. ½ a hour later the oddesy is out. Call my mate John Bondok he tells me if I do not want a oddesy get a optima. Call around, Battery World got em in stock off I go.

Fitting the battery, well it ain’t that easy, you have got to slide the battery one way first to fit the positive, then slide it back to fit the negative then after you have worked that out and it is connected you can’t fit the battery holder. So disconnect the negative put the battery holder on loose slide it around to refit the negative then tighten everything up.

Put back the washer bottle and stand back for ignition. Nothing sounds better then a car starting first time after you have done a battery let me tell you!

Oh by the way I purchased a battery charger that you can leave on all the time. Well it took 48 hours before it said this new battery was full. However I am pleased to say that I did not have the charger on for a week and the car started first go and the battery was full in 8 hours. I in my humble experience would say that these optima have won me over. In fact I put one in my 89 after that oddesy also had the Richard.

Time taken to pull out and fit about 2 hours, mucking around with bolts about 2
hours, Car starting 3 times after, when you want it Priceless.
Keep the wave

Tim McCarthy