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Just got my Spider back from the Body shop last night. They did an amazing job.

I hit some rough railroad tracks and my battery came loose and did a ton of damage to the passenger rear fender.

My Alfa repair shop (European Auto Specialist) let me know it could have been avoided if I had a "reverse post" battery. One where the posts are on the left (as you look at the front of the car) versus the right which came with my car when I bought it used in 1989 (of course I have replaced that battery multiple times since 1989 - just kept buying the same spec).

I spent a ton of time finding a battery with the right post (RP) - it will not happen again.

The body shop did a great job addressing the issue. I have found a new place to go for Alfa's and other classics.

Wanted to share my "earned" wisdom with the forum in hopes you might check your batter and replace it before it causes you any headaches.

Full disclosure - you may all have the right battery and just know to look get the RP (reverse post version). I am the second owner of my Spider. The battery that came with the car caught on fire and was replaced by the previous owner. So, this may just be an issue of buying a used versus new spider. But my bet is some fo you have the same wrong post as me.
 

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It seems to me that regardless of the battery posts, the core issue is that the battery needs to be physically secured, regardless of where the terminals are located.
 

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It seems to me that regardless of the battery posts, the core issue is that the battery needs to be physically secured, regardless of where the terminals are located.
Agreed. Does your battery not have the securing bar across the top, to keep it strapped in place?
 

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Did they explain why the location of the posts would have prevented your battery from coming lose.....or prevented damage when it did? I'm having trouble imagining what difference it would make....
 

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I agree with the comments made earlier, irrespective of the orientation of the posts, the battery needs to be properly secured in the first place. You are not the first to whom this has happened, you won’t be the last either I dare say.

A few months ago, I came across another problem with the battery, some broken welds on the battery tray. I did not dare welding them, to close to the outer skin and that would have effected the paint badly as you can imagine. So I got me some of this very special bonding type of glue. I was quite impressed by its strength once applied. I pushed and heaved with all my might, but it stayed put. As they say, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. I have’t driven the Spider yet. Our Spiders torque a lot and that was probably the reason the welt split in the first place.

Have a look here:


Just in case, the second post in the above thread also shows the metal bar, that should hold your battery in place!

Jeroen
 
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