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MG MGA - battery hold down, or not?
|Is it necessary to provide a hold down bracket for the battery? The Group 26 size is a close fit in the battery tray, and there isn't much space for a bracket and J bolts. I've seen straps that wrap around the battery, not sure if that is a good solution. |
|It's VITAL to tie the battery down. If it jumps around and the live terminal connects directly to the ground you will have at least sparks and at worst a battery fire.|
That said, a strap is enough as long as it has a secure buckle or ratchet fitting.
|X2 what Dominic said!|
If you use a hold down bar, just make sure it is well out of the way of the battery terminals when you tighten it down, or at the very least, well insulated.
|Isn't the cover over the back axle metal and that is also over the battery (and earthed)!|
|It's a necessity. Just ask my friend who though it wasn't when the battery shifted out of the frame and grounded it self somehow to the battery access cover. What a dangerous mess. Fortunately nobody was hurt and the car did not completely go up in flames.|
|Does anybody use the factory option of battery covers?|
Check Barney's website.
|M F Anderson|
|A firmly secured battery---saved our lives---|
My wife and I were out on an MG Club Run. We were driving my new conversion--a Rover V/8 engined MG B.
A car crashed into the side of our roadster and we rolled onto the driver's side.
The fuel tank was near full---the V/8 was fuel injected---the rail was still pressurised---there was petrol every where round us.
Thank goodness that the battery was very firmly secured.
There was also a kill switch fitted. I easily reached it and isolated the power. Another worth while inclusion.
The bad luck could well have turned into a disaster.
Batterys must be secure.
|Thanks for all the sensible comments. I will include a battery hold down!|
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