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Old 03-06-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Mystery wire taped to house battery

Hi All,

Today I was looking underneath my van at the house battery tray, trying to figure out whether or not I could lower the battery myself, and I noticed a thin wire taped to the side of the battery case. Does anyone know the purpose of this wire? The only thing that I could come up with was perhaps it was a thermocouple (or some other kind of temperature sensor) that feeds back to the battery charging system.

Also, can anyone tell me which bolts one must remove to free up the house battery? Are they the four bolts that are nearly level with the bottom of the battery case?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but thanks in advance for any answers.

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Re: Mystery wire taped to house battery

I would bet it has something to do with a temp sensor....
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:46 PM   #3
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Hi All,

Today I was looking underneath my van at the house battery tray, trying to figure out whether or not I could lower the battery myself, and I noticed a thin wire taped to the side of the battery case. Does anyone know the purpose of this wire? The only thing that I could come up with was perhaps it was a thermocouple (or some other kind of temperature sensor) that feeds back to the battery charging system.

Also, can anyone tell me which bolts one must remove to free up the house battery? Are they the four bolts that are nearly level with the bottom of the battery case?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but thanks in advance for any answers.

Best regards,

Michael
Each setup can be different, but my batteries are not bolted down, rather they just sit on channel iron and the batteries rope handles are zip tied to the channel. To drop them I need a floor jack to remove the channel cross member then slowly lower them. Definately would like to make a better system.

I also have a temp sensor taped to the side.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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I also have a temp sensor taped to the side.
Thanks for confirming my guess. I did a little more digging and the Tripp Lite MRV owner's manual specifically refers to affixing the sensor to the side of the battery below the electrolyte level with user-supplied electrical or duct tape.

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Re: Mystery wire taped to house battery

The guy I got my van from didn't like the battery access hassle either. He made up a new battery tray and cut a hole in the floor to reach it.

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The guy I got my van from didn't like the battery access hassle either. He made up a new battery tray and cut a hole in the floor to reach it.

That's where my starting batteries are located. Unfortunately, my house batteries are under the van below rear bench seat. But I agree, even Fords method of mounting the starting batteries sucks.
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