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16M's Battery Status

Just recently, I noticed that my 16m seemed to have lost some battery "juice" due to lethargic start when left sitting for a week. I did not realize that 16m carried dry battery instead of the normal kind. Was told that by my knowledgable friend who were kind enough to explain the reason for that and the pros.

Seems like it would be the right time to replace with a new one, I suppose. However, he recommended that we ought to try charging this up and see how it performs first.

Here's to my slow learning curve...

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-22-2017, 02:45 AM
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The battery in my Spider is just now dying. At first, it went flat after two weeks, which seemed normal if it wasn't in the charger. Now, it won't hold a charge after just two days.
Taz has a pretty good discussion of replacements on that other site. Since my current bettery has been discontinued, I'm going to follow his recommendation and go with an AGM.
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David, lately I have been experiencing battery issues, mostly due to silly reasons on my part.

As for this 16m's dry battery, this was new to me. Seems like natural wear and time to replace. Otherwise, the 16m is running beautifully.

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Jimmy,
I just picked up my new AGM battery for the Spider.
The exact same dimensions. Two big differences:
1) it's completely sealed so won't/can't leak
2) it is MUCH heavier !! The thing weighs a TON.
I'll install it this weekend and let you know how it goes.

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After attempting recharging the battery, we decided that replacement would be the choice here. Thus, she is getting a new dry battery. Ready to go.

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Jimmy- Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries are not exactly dry, but the acid is absorbed into the mats. This also allows them to pack more lead plates into the same size case, hence the heavy weight. This also gives the advantage of more cranking and reserve power from the same size case, and AGM batteries cannot leak. I just put a new AGM battery in my 575M, an Interstate MT7-34R, probably not available where you are, but any of the major companies can provide a good AGM that will fit and sounds like you found one. I had a week-long trip that got extended a week and had no maintainer on the battery. No sweat, 2 weeks later, not even a hesitation and she started right up.

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Terry, thank you much for that information. I was not aware of the type of battery for 16m until this issue came up. Glad that I did something about the issue before finding myself stuck somewhere with dead battery...

The car has been responding to ignition rather slow lately, especially after a week of non action. Thought something was not right. The shop got the new battery last weekend and the car should be returned sometime this week.

Thanx again...

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Taz,
I followed your lead and got an Interstate MT7 for my Spider as well.
That thing is HEAVY, but fit like a glove.

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Dave- The good AGM batteries (~800 CCA) for Ferraris all weigh between 45 and 50 lbs. I knew that and had my techs install her. Back is bad enough already.

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Follow up photos of the battery replacement. Also, I was totally ignorant of the actual battery location till I saw that photo !

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Sorry, forgot to attach photos.

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16 M battery

Hi, just out of interest too, my 16 M had starting as well as gear chnaging issues, I thought it was my clutch but when I took it into the agents they the said the old battery affects both starting as well as the ability to change gears. The battery was replaced and changing and starting have been perfect again.
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Scudwp, welcome to FL. As for my case, it was simply a prolonged delay in start up due to weak battery. Did not experience gear shift anomalies. She is back to herself with full power.

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Welcome Scudwp to FL!

Our cars are highly dependent on the battery, many things can go wrong with a weak battery. The problem is that a battery getting weak or faulty is invisible with no warnings and can happen at any time, sometimes well sooner than expected. A battery can even be faulty while new!

That's why we've started to design a complex battery sensor solution which monitors the state of charge and health. Many car brands have this already integrated into their design.
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-08-2017, 10:32 PM
 
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Thanks for the welcome gents! The battery is on the trickle charger always after a drive, so it slowly lost power over time.
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