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Old 02-08-2009, 06:47 PM
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Water/rain 'shorting out' battery

I have an Optimun battery mounted on the inside of the frame under the vehicle. There is a tray and sides on the battery box but the top of the battery is open with the terminals being exposed.
Do I have to worry about the battery 'shorting out' if rain or water hits the top of the battery?
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No you do not, you just have to worry about it going bad on it's own. I am on my third one, all replaced under warranty. Just in case you don't know, I think Optima batteries are highly over rated.

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I agree with 302, I have a battery mounted under the passenger seat on my 56 Ford truck (original place for that battery). The battery merely sits in a tray mounted to the frame. I have never had a problem with the battery shorting out even going in puddles, rain etc. The battery will short out if you touch metal to both the pos. and neg.
I also agree with 302 on the Optima batteries. I have yet to have one last more than 2 years for me. They are guaranteed, but I'm tired of returning them. They are overrated!!!
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Fresh water is not supposed to conduct well at all. Salt water conducts.
So rain should not give you any problem.
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I just noticed you live in Minnesota.. I will assume they salt the roads their? (I don't know anything about that.)
Salt water does conduct electricity.
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