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Go down to Radio Shack and by a digital multimeter.
Check your battery once a week.
The multimeter will tell you in pleanty of time.
That the battery is knocking on Heavens door.
I don't think so. It needs to be load tested.


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I don't think so. It needs to be load tested.
My comment was a generalization about the battery voltage.
When a battery voltage is below about 12 volts, then it's getting ready to fail.

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has anyone come out with a kit to move the battery to the trunk? I've seen somewhere that someone made an expansion for the trunk. It looked like the battery might fit down in there.
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has anyone come out with a kit to move the battery to the trunk? I've seen somewhere that someone made an expansion for the trunk. It looked like the battery might fit down in there.
I don't know about a kit, but I'm sure it's possible. The question remains, why would you want to? I don't think just moving the battery is going to give you enough of a weight distribution advantage to make it worth your while. Besides, if I had that trunk mod (which I've not seen anything on in a while) done I certainly wouldn't waste the extra space on a battery. Sure every 5-6 years when you need to replace the battery it would be easier, but with the extra space you would have the possibility of being able to go on a trip and put the top down .

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Not a kit, but someone did it and just made their own metal straps

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has anyone come out with a kit to move the battery to the trunk? I've seen somewhere that someone made an expansion for the trunk. It looked like the battery might fit down in there.
You would need to vent it to the outside to eliminate fumes. I had an '04 Deville with the battery under the back seat (factory). It was vented.


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Thats easy enough to do.
In 09 they added a speaker like grill to the carpet in the rear trunk.
This was to eliminate air back pressure when closing the trunk. It allows airto escape through the rear body quarter panel
Instead of buying the new liner, i cut a couple of horizontal holes in the same location.

My trunk closes much easier now, and that would solve the vent issue

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Any one have the GM instructions for wheel cover removal vs. fendor

Do any of you folks have those instructions. My service dept want $350 for battery replacement. Looking for cheaper alternative with the proper installation.

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Do any of you folks have those instructions. My service dept want $350 for battery replacement. Looking for cheaper alternative with the proper installation.
Look it up in the search portion of this forum...don't be lazy. It is real easy, either way. I did not want to do it in the summer..temp was in the 90s...so I brought it into my GM dealership...190.00 including taxes.
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Do any of you folks have those instructions. My service dept want $350 for battery replacement. Looking for cheaper alternative with the proper installation.
I just did this

Can you unscrew bolts
Then reverse the process?

Thats all it takes to remove the fender and battery.

There are 2 7mm bolts up top
4 7mm bolts that hold the wheel liner to the fender
2 10mm bolts and 1 7mm bolt on the bottom of the fender
And 1 10mm bolt on the door side of the fender

The bolts on the terminals are 10mm and there is one 1/2" bolt that holds down a rubber piece that locks the battery in place

IMHO its easier than going through the fender well due to the tire being in the way and the bracket that supports the fender

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FYI
Check out this thread, it has videos from a ollstice Coupe
The Correct Battery Removal and Installation Videos

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Thats easy enough to do.
In 09 they added a speaker like grill to the carpet in the rear trunk.
This was to eliminate air back pressure when closing the trunk. It allows airto escape through the rear body quarter panel
Instead of buying the new liner, i cut a couple of horizontal holes in the same location.

My trunk closes much easier now, and that would solve the vent issue
Not that easy. GM had devised an apparatus that attached to the battery itself and vented through the floor.


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Look it up in the search portion of this forum...don't be lazy. It is real easy, either way. I did not want to do it in the summer..temp was in the 90s...so I brought it into my GM dealership...190.00 including taxes.

Every place I searched I kept getting reference to how to remove the battery from the driver side of the vehicle through the fender. You in an earlier post said that GM recommends removing the battery through the wheel well instead. I had not found any such instruction on any of the searches I had done.

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Check out this thread, it has videos from a ollstice Coupe
The Correct Battery Removal and Installation Videos
Thank you for your kind assistance. Here in central illinois the assigned GM service provider for Saturn is a total and complete crook. I am truly an owner of an orphaned vehicle in this wilderness. Your assistance is truly appreciated.

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For anyone wanting a lightweight battery, I found an interesting comment on another forum:
"The Braille battery is actually a neat little battery manufactured by East Penn Manufacturing.

Their battery is the Deka EXT30L battery. It is sold under several different brands including "Big Crank" and "Magna Power". The Deka, Big Crank, and Magna brands can be had for about a hundred bucks. They are specifically marketed as motorcycle/atv type batteries.

Braille (as well as Tomioka) rebadge them with their stickers and markets them as lightweight "racing" batteries at twice or three times the cost. They also greatly exaggerate the amp output. Braille lists "pulse" amps however, that is a b/s rating. Take a box wrench and short it across the battery posts and most all batteries will arc with a tremendous blast of energy. What matters is CCA (cold cranking amps).

Anyway, I installed a "Big Crank" battery in my 400 hp 10.5 compression v-8 motor and it starts just fine."
Seems like 400 CCA would be adequate for a little 4-cylinder.

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