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Warning- Honda battery for Civic FN2

Just wanted to give FN2 owners a heads up as i had wasted 2 hours with Honda trying to replace the battery.

Honda have changed the design of the Genuine battery for the FN2, the key issue being the terminals are too short and are of a smaller diameter.
This means that it is not possible to tighten the clamp. if you remove the plastic cover/cable protector it still will not tighten up enough.

Additionally if you own a Parsco earthing kit, this will also not fit as the terminal is too small.

FYI: I own a 2009 FN2.

The good new is that Halfords supply Yuasa batteries with a 5 Year guarantee (ref HSB053) and these fit perfectly.
Yuasa Silver Car Battery HSB053 Extra Info

  • Starting Power (CCA): 430amps
  • AH Value: 48aH
  • Average Weight: 12.10kg
  • Dimensions (LxDxH): 238x129x227mm
  • Guarantee: 5 years

It took 5 minutes to fit the new Yuasa Battery and 2 hours for Honda to tell me that thier battery should fit and then when i showed them that it wouldnt, for them to say "dont know then"......Thanks for wasting my life Honda!!!

Hope this helps

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+1 on that one.....RAC branded batterys fit perfect aswell....its essentially the same as the above or the heavy duty BOSCH branded batt also from Halfords.....Honda fail on that one
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I'm still on the standard battery (since September 2008) and have been debating changing it recently.

My car normally only gets used at weekends and I've noticed a couple of times it's taken a little bit longer to start than normal.

Any ideas if it's likely time to change it?

Thanks for this info - will come in handy for sure!
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Mine has always been sluggish to turn over and ive owned the car for nearly 4 years, i always put it down to a characteristic of the car.
With the new battery it turns over significantly quicker than the old battery, so i suspect the old battery has been deteriorating since ive had the car, also ive noticed that the head lights dont dim when the air con comes on, and the engine feels smoother ie less lumpy on tick over.

So yours may be ok and last for years more....i only changed mine as it recently started to click the solenoid rapidly (repeated clicking sound) on cold mornings before it turned over.

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It's been known for a long time the Civics has different terminals and or oriented the other way around.

Lots have had success with the bosch S4 021 in their CTRs and 1.8s

Search the site for 'Bosch S4'
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Bought a genuine Honda battery from Marshall's in Peterborough last month and it fitted my 58' R no problem. I wonder why some are different to others?
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I changed my oringal battery few months ago for one called "delta battery's" in bury Manchester and it fitted perfect and mines 2007 type r
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James,

New old stock perhaps?

Do the terminals sit on a 5 to 7mm raised piece on your battery? ie so that the plastic cover can fit over the terminals.

The new Honda genuine battrery does not have the raised area.
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Sounds like the usual - lets improve it by making it worse and then not tell anyone....

I certainly wouldn't ever go to a main stealer for a battery, far cheaper alternatives out there.

Has anybody on here changed their battery to a lithium ion one? Mine's still the original one from 09 but having seen the benefits of changing to lithium on the motorbike, i'll be looking to change the car's as well.
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It's worth shopping around as Cox recently had good prices on good batteries
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I need to get one tomorrow morning, is the bosch s4 a straight swap??
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