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OK , I got bored and removed that heavy 8-9 oz. battery cover to save weight. (that I'm 25 lbs over weight and usually have 30-40 lbs of junk in the car at any given time doesn't matter... ) <p>plus, it get's in the way of the strut bar. <p>my racer/mechanic friend said "dude, you have to put that cover back on. without it , something will touch and it'll cause a fire!!! " <p>I guess , I got lucky because I had it off for over a month. no rain drop etc. caused a fire. lucky me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>but being the paranoid Volvo driver I am , I put that cover back on (just in time) <p>So, I'm asking you guys and gals , do we REALLY need this cover on? <p>or is it just so we don't bump it with a wrench (in that case, I could just put it on when wrenching underhood or be careful) <p>thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Battery cover (V50_T5)

Maybe it's because the battery terminals are exposed on the top of the battery? Owner's manual doesn't say anything about the battery cover except regarding installation & removal should you need to access the battery. <p>But isn't that the same for every other car? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Battery cover (frontwheeldriven)

Is the battery in the V50 (and S40?) in the engine bay? (I ask, because the S60, S80, and [I think] V70 has it in the trunk.)<p>Anyway, if so, the battery has ridden around in the engine bay of my old 850 for 16 years now without any sort of cover, with exposed battery terminals, and there haven't been any explosions there <i>yet</i>...
 

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Re: Battery cover (StarmanDXE)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StarmanDXE</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is the battery in the V50 (and S40?) in the engine bay? (I ask, because the S60, S80, and [I think] V70 has it in the trunk.)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yep... it's in the engine bay... <p>And just to add to my earlier post, when I pull out my battery cover for my S40 I always have a little trouble getting it back on. With all that heat for the past 5 years, I think it's beginning to warp. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Battery cover (frontwheeldriven)

Only reason i would recommend leaving it on is to utilize the battery cooling system. Otherwise pretty much 80% of vehicles on the road have openly exposed batteries in the engine bay and havent seen any issues yet lol.
 

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Re: Battery cover (ForceFed Motorsports)

It's also there to protect the aluminum hood our cars sport.
 

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Re: Battery cover (AlaskanAWD)

Mine was open for months while i sent it out to paint and they lost it ... and i had no problems but now its on and i got some free work done !<p>I owuld have agree with force though it is good for cooling but if you removed the snorkle then its pointless ...
 

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Re: Battery cover (jdsr917)

Keeping the battery cool allows it to hold a charge for a longer period of time, and increases the battery's lifespan. Not only that, but like Alaskan said, our hoods are made of aluminum. Batteries can vent sulfuric acid fumes, which corrodes aluminum.<p>So, I guess its not necessary, but it certainly serves a purpose, haha.
 
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