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Old 01-30-2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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What is this? (drainage pipe?)

I was doing some basic maintenance, when I noticed a loose drainage pipe next to the battery. I can't for the life of me see where it attaches to. Anyone know?

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Old 01-30-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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it's a vent for the battery and should be connected to it unless it's a ventless kind (like Optima) but that one sure looks like a regular lead-acid battery...

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Old 01-30-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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that battery should have a connector on one end for the hose, or the connector is missing. Find one and attach that hose so it vents properly.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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Please excuse my ignorance on the matter, but what is the purpose of a battery vent? None of my other cars required it. Is it important? Because I don't think I have the extension hose connector.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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If I recall correctly, it's to allow overflow of Sulfuric acid or gasses to prevent the battery from exploding which I have seen but not in 30 years. Be advised, many batteries look sealed but actually have serviceable cells, I know the Interstate my 986 had was accessible as many are. If you allow the fluid level in a battery that can be serviced to go below a lead plate, nine times out of ten it's toast...
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:58 PM   #6
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Most cars don't need a vent tube because they are in a ventilated area, the engine bay. The boxter battery it in a fairly well sealed space, the "Frunk".

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