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Old 11-22-2006, 02:40 AM   #1
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Default Battery change 2003 Ion

I had my ignition switch fixed today at saturn ($190) for my 2003 ion.
They said my battery failed the test and wanted $115 to install a new one.
I passed. I know its cheaper at Sears or some place similar but i am curious.
How hard is it to install a new battery myself?
Where do I look on the battery to find its model #?
Anyone recommend a specific brand?

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Old 11-22-2006, 03:48 AM   #2
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I paid $95.00 for new one about a month ago and I installed it myself. This battery is not an ordinary one that you can buy from Sears or any other auto parts store , it has vents coming out of the side of the battery that connect to two exhaust hoses that expel built up gases from entering into the car.
One of the things that we have to trade off for not having the battery in the engine compartment.
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:56 AM   #3
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Expect to pay about $85 for the battery plus tax, and then however much they charge for putting it in. papado1 is correct, it's a special battery, a 75-group vented battery. It has two vents to which are attached hoses/tubes that allow hydrogen gas buildup to vent outside the car. Do not get a conventional battery, otherwise you'll be riding around with a potential bomb placed conveniently close to your fuel tank.
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:57 AM   #4
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Another thing to think about is that the OEM battery is a sealed-top Delco maintence free type. Most all other types have vents on their top, and that kind almost always burp or "leak" battery acid through those vents, eventually. Since the ION battery is in your trunk, it is very possible that a top vented battery could eventually "leak" and cause corrosion in your trunk.

I don't know of anyone other than a Saturn retailer or Pepboys that sells them around here. At any rate, a Delco battery would be the only one that I would consider for replacement.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:22 PM   #5
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Do not get a conventional battery, otherwise you'll be riding around with a potential bomb placed conveniently close to your fuel tank.

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Old 11-22-2006, 01:37 PM   #6
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I would assume you could use one of those new "sealed" high-performance batteries like the Optima but could be wrong. I also see they ain't cheap!
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:39 PM   #7
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I would assume you could use one of those new "sealed" high-performance batteries like the Optima but could be wrong. I also see they ain't cheap!
I got one for under $100 at Sam's Club. It's an Exide brand though. Optima is usually $130 plus.
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:44 PM   #8
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Where is the battery located on the 2003? I assume from the posts that it is in the trunk somewhere???

I am having some flickering light problems in the car and just assumed that the battery at this point might be a good start and a safe decision after 3-4 years....
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In the trunk, hence my comment earlier about the fuel tank. Get into your trunk, lift up the floor panel, you'll see your spare and your battery bolted down there. I got a new one for my car after three years and there really wasn't a noticeable difference. It's protected from heat, and if you drive every day it gets charged up. Battery's got potential for a very long life span. If you're concerned about it, have someone test the voltage. Should cost a lot less than a new battery.
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:24 PM   #10
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Yeah, heat is what kills a battery. Putting it in the back not only balances the vehicle weight a little bit but also keeps it away from the heat of the engine.
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Old 12-09-2006, 12:59 PM   #11
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Yeah, heat is what kills a battery. Putting it in the back not only balances the vehicle weight a little bit but also keeps it away from the heat of the engine.
not to mention making it easier to wire car audio amps up to, and giving the motor engineers more space to play with I just wish it was a top post battery, so much easier to deal with...
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:30 PM   #12
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...Battery's got potential for a very long life span. If you're concerned about it, have someone test the voltage. Should cost a lot less than a new battery.
I'd just recently picked up a "Smart" Battery Charger which can do much of the basic Battery testing and diagnostics right at home and can also do an Alternator check. So while I'd fully agree if you are worried about the battery condition AutoZone and other parts stores offer FREE diagnostics... I'm very happy with my $35 "upgrade" to a Charger that can give me a fast charge and tell me of problems BEFORE getting a second opinion at a Battery Store.

I'm also very glad for this (and others) post's discussion of the ION's "vented" Battery. I hadn't really thought about it till today. Hopefully, if someone where to look up the required Battery Type for the ION the books have some kind of "warning"... Model XXX Vent type. Not just a "75-group" listing and the Clerk just picks up and drops in any old battery that will fit.

Hopefully the vent tubes and such they will need to remove (not to mention it's location) will clue them into the fact this battery must be different from a typical engine mounted battery.
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not to mention making it easier to wire car audio amps up to, and giving the motor engineers more space to play with I just wish it was a top post battery, so much easier to deal with...
Absolutely! Nice being able to have short fat runs of cable.
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