They may be a bit pricey, but I've found that the new Exide Orbital
batteries work very well. They have an 84 month warranty. They have a new
design where there are no lead plates or battery acid sloshing around.
Instead of plates, there are tightly wound coils that hold insulation, and
an acid gel is soaked into the insulation. After I popped one of these in
my Sprite, the thing turned over better than it ever had. Another selling
point of these batteries is that they are guaranteed not to leak. They can
be mounted in any position, even upside down if so desired. As for sizes,
they only come in one size, so that makes that decision easy. But as I said
before, they are a bit pricey (~$120-130). But if they do last 7 years and
don't leak, it was worth it to me. Usual disclaimers apply...<grin> Hope
this info helps!
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Charles D. Sorkin
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 1999 6:04 AM
To: Spridget List
Subject: Midget doesn't seem to like to cold
Subject line says it all. The battery wasn't turning the starter very
quickly when I tried to start the '74 Midget last night. Temperature was
around 40 degrees. Hooked it up with jumper cables to another car, and the
result was better, but still not enough to turn the starter very fast.
What's the problem?
Is it time to take out the 20W50 oil and put in 10Wsomething? With the
starter behaving badly even with the jumpers, I have to wonder if the
condition of my battery has anything to do with the problem. Do the Lucas
starters normally behave this way in cold weather? Eventually, I got the
car started, and after everything warmed up, it was fine.
I am of course tempted to get a new battery regardless, as the current one
is a relic from the DPO. What size (product number) should I specify at the
generic Advance Pep Zone store?