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Old 10-17-2015, 12:29 PM   #1
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Tried Battery DIY: clamp doesn't fit?

Well it took me over 100 minutes and a hell of a lot of sweat, but I was able to remove the old one, slide my new one in and get power to my car! And that's all good news, and boy was I relieved that was all over. Then the bad news. I was putting the clamp on but it wouldn't fit. I don't understand why. I lowered the plate as far as it'd go and it seems as if the battery is too tall, but I don't understand why. I bought a "EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H8," which has reviews saying that other E46 owners got this battery for their car. The fit is perfect too. Well, apparently not. Any ideas? I'm not returning the battery. I refuse to believe that this battery worked for others but not me!!

I attached a picture, looking for anything. Is my only solution one hell of a screw?
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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Well it took me over 100 minutes and a hell of a lot of sweat, but I was able to remove the old one, slide my new one in and get power to my car! And that's all good news, and boy was I relieved that was all over. Then the bad news. I was putting the clamp on but it wouldn't fit. I don't understand why. I lowered the plate as far as it'd go and it seems as if the battery is too tall, but I don't understand why. I bought a "EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H8," which has reviews saying that other E46 owners got this battery for their car. The fit is perfect too. Well, apparently not. Any ideas? I'm not returning the battery. I refuse to believe that this battery worked for others but not me!!

I attached a picture, looking for anything. Is my only solution one hell of a screw?
If you're using an H8, did you remove the plastic indexing tab on the tray?

I assure you an H8 fits fine unless it's a convertible.
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Old 10-17-2015, 02:12 PM   #3
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If you're using an H8, did you remove the plastic indexing tab on the tray?

I assure you an H8 fits fine unless it's a convertible.
Yeah I tried once and thought maybe I needed to remove it. I took it out, removed that plastic bit, and placed the battery back in and you see the result. Am I doing something wrong? There's nothing else to remove underneath. It's a coupe, so I'm stumped
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:06 AM   #4
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Put a piece of wood between the battery and the adjustment screw.
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Old 10-18-2015, 09:02 AM   #5
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Put a piece of wood between the battery and the adjustment screw.
You can do that if the battery is too small but not if it's too large

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Old 10-18-2015, 09:55 AM   #6
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When I installed an H8 I only had to back the screw way off versus the previous position and it fit.

Have you tried simply removing that round metal plate/clamp?

You could put a metal spacer in the bolt gap and get a longer bolt.

This is an easy problem to solve with a little ingenuity.
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