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Dealer lost two of mine before I took delivery of the car new. I lost the third. Don't need them. I do like the velcro idea. But mine hasn't budged in 3 years without. I've now even changed the battery.
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I've decided to not use the 3 push-pins on my battery cover. So far at 60 miles at highway speeds I haven't seen it move. I have lots of extra pins so I could put them in but I've decided to just not use them. I take my battery out twice a year to move from state to state and also this way I can look for battery terminal corrosion. If I see any movement I'll put them in.
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While performing some cursory checks underhood today, this thread reminded me I hadn't looked under my own battery cover since last season. While things were fine, it's comfort checking once or twice a year. I remember at least two threads previously where, upon prepping to replace a suspect battery, Owners discovered some significant battery terminal and cable corrosion.
 
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While performing some cursory checks underhood today, this thread reminded me I hadn't looked under my own battery cover since last season. While things were fine, it's comfort checking once or twice a year. I remember at least two threads previously where, upon prepping to replace a suspect battery, Owners discovered some significant battery terminal and cable corrosion.
I had my 19 battery on a battery tender outside of the car and it corroded the copper clamp on the tender. There was corrosion coming out around the bottom of the battery post. So now I check under the battery cover a lot more.
 

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Yeah like this 😗. My battery died last month and this is what I found under the cover. I hadn't looked under it for the whole time I've owned it (7 yrs). The crappy thing is I've had the car Ford dealership serviced its whole life and they check battery as part of the service......obviously they don't.....what else have they missed.....I'm surprised
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Yeah like this 😗. My battery died last month and this is what I found under the cover. I hadn't looked under it for the whole time I've owned it (7 yrs). The crappy thing is I've had the car Ford dealership serviced its whole life and they check battery as part of the service......obviously they don't.....what else have they missed.....I'm surprised
..not 🤣🤣🤣
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It was the negative terminal on my battery that corroded also. I would be so pi$$ed at that dealership. Anyway makes me want an AGM battery even more. I looked recently and the 96R is not as available as most other sizes. They're expensive too.
 

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I agree. I spent a bunch of years working in an operating room and OCD can be your friend. Unfortunately it's a hard habit to break so if something is supposed to be it irritates me no end until I can get it right. If it came from the factory a certain way I want it that way. I'm fine adding things, like hood struts but I'll never remove the prop rod even though it is not used anymore.
I have the hood struts also and left my hood prop in place. After all, eventually the struts will weaken and I hate having hoods drop on my head while I'm looking underneath it (happened a few times in my career with Toyotas, GMs, some Fords, Chryslers, etc.)
 

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Yeah like this 😗. My battery died last month and this is what I found under the cover. I hadn't looked under it for the whole time I've owned it (7 yrs). The crappy thing is I've had the car Ford dealership serviced its whole life and they check battery as part of the service......obviously they don't.....what else have they missed.....I'm surprised
..not 🤣🤣🤣
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Wow, that's REALLY ugly! My cars NEVER got corrosion like that as I've always installed the impregnated felt rings and sprayed the terminals with a Noco type spray that stays "soft", not like some that are like a paint coating that can crack, etc. Also, I check my battery terminals condition every couple months to ensure it's pristine (at the same time I do a capacitance check of the battery's CCA).
 

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Wow, that's REALLY ugly! My cars NEVER got corrosion like that as I've always installed the impregnated felt rings and sprayed the terminals with a Noco type spray that stays "soft", not like some that are like a paint coating that can crack, etc. Also, I check my battery terminals condition every couple months to ensure it's pristine (at the same time I do a capacitance check of the battery's CCA).
With my older cars it's no problem to check as there is no cover. The cover has a bit of 'out of site out of mind' effect. My mistake was to assume it was OK as it's part of the log book service schedule and it's marked as checked by the dealer, which clearly they haven't done. I had to remove the battery box to clean out all the crap and to make sure it wasn't corroding anything else. Suffice to say that will never happen 2 me again as I will check it personally. I was not happy with the dealership and I told them, of course it made no difference and they didn't really take ownership.
 

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