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Old 09-03-2002, 23:41   #1 (permalink)
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Cold cranking Amps?

I was wondering what size battery EA's originally came out with in terms of cold cranking amps.
The battery in my EA ( cant read how many amps ) is dying in the ass...but I have a new heavy duty maintenence free battery with 310cca under my house

reckon it will suffice?
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Old 09-03-2002, 23:57   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm I'm not sure I'd recommend that matey. I don't have an exact figure (any battery store would have guides with recommend cca figures for different models) but I'd estimate the EAs came originally with 400-500 ccas.
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The Ford factory manual EA to ED says 53 amp hour 12 Volt 400 CCA 95 Minutes Reserve Capacity.
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Do yourself a favour and buy a really big alternator like the ones on the EL(think they are 100+Amps) and then go and get a new small battery thats like 100CCA and whack that in and I guarantee you will gain about .5sec on the quarter mile.

You gotta take your mods to the extreme sometimes if your gonna drag those commodores off ;-)
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No its winds over very slowly but does fire.
its definately the battery as it winds over fine when its warmed up.
had this trouble with my escort ( hence the brand new battery ) and since someone smashed into the ol' girl I wanted to put the battery into my EA.
I just had a look at the EA I am driving now and its got a 440cca battery in it.
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Do yourself a favour and buy a really big alternator like the ones on the EL(think they are 100+Amps) and then go and get a new small battery thats like 100CCA and whack that in and I guarantee you will gain about .5sec on the quarter mile.

You gotta take your mods to the extreme sometimes if your gonna drag those commodores off ;-)
Gotta be one of the stupidest things Ive heard
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Gotta be one of the stupidest things Ive heard
No way... the guys down at the dragway actually REMOVE their battery completely and if you've ever had to pick one of the bastards up you'd know why. Big batteries are only really good for playing your stereo for 3 hours without the engine on, or if your car is really sick and takes 5 minutes to kick over. As long as the battery is healthy it should be able to kick the car over, even with a smaller battery.

It was just a suggestion on how to make his car a little faster but if you don't agree then thats okay
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My car has had starting problems in the past which were all being caused by the battery being too small. When we bought the car, it was fitted with a 9 plate battery, which IMO, is too small.

I now have a Super Charge 580CCA battery (maintenence free) and it has been going strong for about 2 years, even in the Ghia with full electrics, and my audio system. I run the standard alternator (Always maintained in A1 condition) and I have no charging or starting problems.

Worth every cent IMO...
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The only problem with running a lower powered battery...is that, while it might kick your car over alright, you are shortening its life dramatically.
The more strain on a battery on startup the sooner you will need a new one.
I might fit the 310cca for a little while until I can afford a bigger one.

all my money is tied up getting the car on the road at the moment!
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No way... the guys down at the dragway actually REMOVE their battery completely
Yes, Im sure they do but were not at a dragway when we try to start the car in the morning, we arent running 9 second 1/4 miles.
I agree with what you are saying in some aspects but I donot think that installing a 100cca battery is going to make a 1500kg car .5 of a second faster over 400m. There must be what, 5kg difference between a 400cca and a 100cca. Hell if this was the case, removing the spare tyre must make it 2 seconds faster. Do you see where Im coming from? I think you have the right idea but the gains would be so small, to almost non existant.

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