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I bought a replacement 51 series battery from Autozone a little over a year ago. We all know how bad those little things are in the Accords.

Last week I was cleaning the car with the radio off and just the front doors open and the battery died within half an hour. This morning I went to start the car and it barely started.

I drove for 2 hours and parked for and hour and the car wouldn't start when I returned. I had to pay a very hospitable New Yorker $10 for a jump. I wasn't happy about it but I wasn't alone so I just wanted to get the car started.

I drove to Autozone about 8 pm and told the guy there that I have the warranty. It couldn't have gone any better.

He said if I bring the battery to him he will give me a new one because they are busy and can't test at the moment.

I borrowed his 10mm wrench to remove the dead battery.

When I went back in I asked if I could upgrade to the bigger battery.

He said it won't fit.

I said yes it will.

He said go take one and put it in if it fits you can have it.

I put it and went back to him.

He returned the old battery and noted that I wasn't happy with it. He adjusted the price of the new one and I now have a new battery with 3 year replacement and up to 8 year pro-rated.

I'm a happy camper.

Moral of the story is to go to Autozone close to closing time and you might get a free replacement battery.
 

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Well played, sir....well played.:notworthy
 

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I hate it when some clueless 17 year old autozone employees try to tell you that a part (which you have specifically asked for) won't fit.

When they ask me what car it is for I just tell them "Car?...I don't have a car, I just collect auto parts"

Glad it worked out in your favor!
 

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And what brand battery did you get from AutoZone?
Doesn't matter, they are pretty much all made by Johnson Controls, same people that make Die Hard, Interstate and a bunch of OEM's like Toyota, Honda, Mazda etc etc. Just make sure its a fresh manufacture date.
 

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it just fit right in there? from my understanding there is a little tweeking you need to do before it fits?
 

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i recall you must switch to the V6 battery tray
not only that, others have said you need a bigger cover and a thicker negative cable? if it really fits right in without all that I'm going to go do this tomorrow:)
 

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not only that, others have said you need a bigger cover and a thicker negative cable? if it really fits right in without all that I'm going to go do this tomorrow:)
thicker cable to get the full benefit of the juice.

on the side note, my costco battery has been good for 3 years and still starts fine. amazed. no green corrosion either.
 

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The plastic battery tray and cover is too small but the base is same size for V6 or I4. I might buy those 2 items but I sure they are not needed. I might even cut the battery cover and just slide it on either side of the battery. I could probably tweak the tray too. Also the hold down piece has a little tab the holds the smaller battery. I just used the wrench to bend the tab back.

I'll pick up a negative cable next time I'm out.

As for the $10, it's life. I thought the guy was joking but he had his hands out before he even popped the hood. I guess it's better than those people who tell you that there is no battery in their car.
 

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The plastic battery tray and cover is too small but the base is same size for V6 or I4. I might buy those 2 items but I sure they are not needed. I might even cut the battery cover and just slide it on either side of the battery. I could probably tweak the tray too. Also the hold down piece has a little tab the holds the smaller battery. I just used the wrench to bend the tab back.

I'll pick up a negative cable next time I'm out.

As for the $10, it's life. I thought the guy was joking but he had his hands out before he even popped the hood. I guess it's better than those people who tell you that there is no battery in their car.
so your battery isn't being held down by anything?
 

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There would be a bracket going across the top of the battery with two J hook threaded rods holding the bracket down which holds the battery down.
 

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There would be a bracket going across the top of the battery with two J hook threaded rods holding the bracket down which holds the battery down.
Correct. The bracket is wide enough and the J-hooks are just long enough. They were a pain to catch in the dark though.

Wasn't expecting more power. I just wanted to make sure my car would start when I turn the key especially with the colder weather coming.
 
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