Electrical & Lights FR-V Battery change and engine bay clean

Discussion in '1st Generation (2004-2011)' started by abs_n, Wednesday 30th Sep, 2015.

  1. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi
    I need to get the battery replaced on my 2008 petrol FR-V and was wondering whether it is worth changing the positive and negative cables at the same time.
    If so where do i get these from ?

    Also i plan to change the battery myself, is there anything i need to be wary of?


    Thanks
     
  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Are the positive and negative cables in a bad state ? Frayed or corroded ? If so can we see some pictures of them please.

    On an 2008 Honda I wouldn't expect them to be.

    I don't think there are codes that you need to enter into the head unit on your FR-V so you should be OK, just swapping over the battery without worrying about anything else.
     
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  3. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    The engine bay is a bit dirty, I'll post some pics ...
     
  4. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    They should be readily available from any Auto store if you want a generic one, Honda if you want the genuine one.

    But, on a 2008 car you shouldn't need to be replacing those unless there has been a lot of neglect under the bonnet. They usually last the lifetime of the car.
     
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  5. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    please see pic ...

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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Cables look fine @abs_n, just change the battery.

    Also I would highly recommend getting your engine bay cleaned up, dirty engine bays allow rust to take hold.
     
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  7. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    How much does it cost to get the engine bay cleaned roughly?
     
  8. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I'm not sure, probably £5-£10 for steam cleaning. You need to ask around your local valeters.

    I always clean mine myself.
     
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  9. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Can it be done if you have no access to running water/pressure washer? if yes, it will be great if you can share the method as my engine bay is begging to be cleaned.
     
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  10. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    You could spray engine degreasant all over, let that do it's business and then wipe off with a cloth.
     
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  11. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Literally degreaser coupled with elbow grease tends to do the job (I use AutoGlym Machine Cleaner). IPA is great on cast metal.

    ...and never underestimate Fairy liquid for removing oily residue either :Laughing:
     
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  12. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    That's twice in as many days I've read a use of Fairy Liquid for cleaning the car with, where about will I find this kept??? lol
     
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  13. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thanks will give it a go on the weekend.
    Alsi is it just the battery and the fuse box that need to be covered?
     
  14. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    What method will you be using ?

    Everything that needs to be, is water proof so you don't really need to cover anything.

    Just don't use a pressure washer on full pressure.
     
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  15. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Ill try and get the autoglym engine cleaner and apply and then rinse with a normal hose and finally try with a cloth.
     
  16. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Cool.

    If you happen to have a leaf blower that's a great way of drying the engine bay afterwards.
     
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  17. abs_n Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    no leaf blower unfortunately so will leave to dry naturally.
     
  18. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I always just disconnected the negative on the battery and cover the alternator, I've never had any issues.
     
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    I did mine yesterday with no water.It took 1.5 hours with wet wipes I get from work.
    Also then detailed with Meguiars Engine Dressing.I should be doing my upper and lower coolent hoses this weekend in blue also.

    image.
     
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  20. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Awesome work there Brett, looking fantastic. I've got my whole bay to do badly at the moment, it's fully of oily finger prints at the moment from it being emptied/put back together so many times :Laughing:
     
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