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Hello There,

Any input much appreciated.

At the weekend I fitted a Blaupunkt internal aerial amplifier to the back screen of the g/f's GTV to get rid of the rather dated looking non functional electric one which has only lasted 6 months - its life ended after my g/f hooked the petrol pump hose around it when she was trying to stretch the hose to reach the wrong side of the car thus bending it beyond repair!

Anyway as part of this job I removed all boot carpet to feed the wires down through to connect to ones located at electric aerial location - no problem and new aerial works a treat :D

However this revelaed the battery (which I'd only looked at briefly before) which was sat in its tray loose :O it could easily move from side to side and bump up and down (I also belive this is causing a rattle from the rear over large bumps (bushes are ok).

There is a metal bracket over the battery but no rod or securing to hold it down into the battery the boot side. The rear sear side of the battery has the bracket fixed.

Now - there is a threaded hole next to the battery tray which is empty - my question is does a rod feed into this to secure to the bracket and keep the bracket over the battery secure as it is loose at the moment.

Even Better would be a picture of a GTV battery fully fitted to see if I am missing parts - does anyone have one? Then I can get the rod/parts on order.

Many Thanks.
 

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I found the picture I was looking for :)

It seems the clot who fitted the last new battery did not fit the retaining strap and bolt back on the boot lid side of the battery :)

I will have to order said parts from Alfa unless anyone has one lying around?
 

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I am missing the black bracket and nut holding to chassis.

No wonder the Battery has been clattering around like R2D2 break-dancing!
 

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I found out that the previous owner of my car hadn't tightened up the bracketry on the battery when I did a u-turn and the car and all electrics died, quickly followed by a rear window filling up with smoke and some crackly noises. Battery had shifted across and was arcing on the bodywork.

Scary moment as I'd only had the car a week and thought I'd quickly succumbed to the "dreaded alfa electrics" that everyone had warned me of before I bought it ;) Luckily not.
 

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Have just phoned Alfa but have not ordered just yet.

Part # is 60611940 and price is £10.30! for the bracket - a bolt I can sort from the hardware store.

If you do have a bracket lying around you can get to me by Friday Rod - just let me know.
 

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I'm glad I checked also - luckily the battery seems to fill the tray quite well (larger thean the one in pic above) so not too much horizontal movement but lots of vertical movement I think when going over large bumps - it rattles like a goodun'

I went to blame the bushes but was told by our Alfa specialist (very highly recommended) they looked in good shape - maybe hear lies the blame instead - I certainly hope so :D
 

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My battery was also loose. The battery strap however was tight.. because the recommended battery for the 2.0TS is probably overkill and had previously been replaced with a slightly smaller one (to save cost presumably). I put some foam padding under the clamp to hold it in place.

Anyone else care to comment on whether the battery size for the 2.0TS is overkill. Seems to be compared with batteries in other cars. The life time for the old battery was 3 years (which is about normal, although could have been reduced because the battery must have rattled around for 3 years!). Car starts fine and battery doesn't go dead...
 

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I think a smaller battery is fine - just make sure it doesn't rattle around.

The one in ours is large horizontally but must bounce around vertically over large bumps so am looking forward to getting the strap properly fitted at the weekend :) Which I have ordered £11.30 + VAT but a good job well done hopefully.

While I was at it I ordered a new header tank for £21 as ours is gunked up inside beyond repair and without taking the lid off impossible to tell the coolant level which is dangerous to say the least :)
 

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Hi just to say i've managed to find one ,but look's like your sorted.
If i can help with anything else give me a shout
thanks rod
 
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