Tales from the Work­shop

Un­usual tips and fixes.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents -

While work­ing un­der the bon­net of this 2005 Cit­roën Xsara we sud­denly no­ticed the 12V bat­tery was miss­ing from its usual place. There was plenty of space for the bat­tery and the ca­bles were all vis­i­ble, should the need arise to use jump leads, but for some rea­son Cit­roën had de­cided to re­lo­cate the bat­tery un­der the pas­sen­ger seat.

This re­ally makes no sense to us and must have added costs at the man­u­fac­tur­ing stage, due to the ex­tra-heavy duty ca­ble used. A quick look con­vinced us that if the bat­tery did need to be re­placed, re­triev­ing it from be­low the pas­sen­ger seat would not be an easy task.

Thank­fully, this Cit­roën had no bat­tery or charg­ing prob­lems, so this was one bridge that we didn’t have to cross on that par­tic­u­lar day!

The bat­tery ca­ble is con­nected un­der the bon­net, but the bat­tery it­self is snugly fit­ted un­der the pas­sen­ger seat.

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