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« on: January 21, 2009, 07:46:26 PM »

My company is starting the process to order me a 2009 Traverse (pkg unknown) ... but since I have a ton of two-way radio and electronic gear to move in, I'm thinking of putting in a battery isolator. Obviously, I don't have the car yet so I'm just pre-planning placement of equipment.

Is the battery in the same place as the Acadia, behind the passenger seat?

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 11:40:00 PM »

Yes indeedily do.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 04:31:04 PM »

anyone have a picture of this.....
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 03:38:59 PM »

I just bought a Traverse LT1 on 3/21/09. I was wondering myself where the battery is. Do you access from underneath? Or from the floor? Interesting placement. Thanks! confused
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 04:17:31 PM »

Access the battery through the passenger compartment by lifting the floor mat on the passenger side rear, you Will see an access panel with a torx screw, remove screw wiggle cover out and you have battery access.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2009, 11:12:11 AM »

GM really don't want to disclose this information in the owner's manual. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2009, 03:13:02 PM »

does it have some sort of venting system for gasses from the battery?
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2009, 03:17:17 PM »

does it have some sort of venting system for gasses from the battery?
Is that needed?  The batteries in Buick LeSabres and Pontiac Bonnevilles have been under the back seat  (2000-2005) so I would think if there was a problem, someone would have found out by now.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 07:38:15 PM »

09enclave has hit on it!!! The REAL reason why Tiger Wood's golf game has never recovered - gases from the battery in the LeSabre!!!   angel
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2009, 12:54:55 AM »

OK, allow me ask the obvious dumb question:  Tongue
Why on earth is the battery there and not in the engine compartment, where God meant it to be?
And how does that affect the logistics of jump-starting said battery? (or using it to jumpstart another car)
I mean, are there terminals accessible under the hood as usual, or do you have to get the can opener out to get to it as DanTheChevyMan described in his earlier post???  :Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2009, 09:06:00 AM »

There is a positive jumper block located under the hood. It is on the back left side as you are looking at the engine. The ground is located on the firewall just behind it.
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2009, 09:26:15 AM »

It is in that location for several reasons, weight distribution and what I feel is the most important reason in the event of a severe collision OnStar will still operate to call 911 on your behalf.
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2009, 12:32:12 PM »

It is in that location for several reasons, weight distribution and what I feel is the most important reason in the event of a severe collision OnStar will still operate to call 911 on your behalf.

I think one other minor benefit may be the lack of engine heat has to help the life of the battery somewhat.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2009, 02:51:18 PM »

There is a positive jumper block located under the hood. It is on the back left side as you are looking at the engine. The ground is located on the firewall just behind it.

Thanks, WT -- that's a relief, at least.

DanTCM -- thanks also, for the explanation. That's actually reassuring about keeping OnStar working. (Of course if you get T-boned right where the battery sits ... oh, well, best not to think about that, anway!)

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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2009, 09:46:12 AM »

If you get T-Boned that hard OnStar is the least of what you will need there are structural supports in the floor and door post made out of much stronger and lighter materials if they give way Pray.
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2009, 10:03:10 AM »

DanTheChevyMan,  You may want to give DuayneD the number of your collision shop so he can store that number in his Onstar onboard phone just in case  wink
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2009, 11:08:38 AM »

anyone have a picture of this.....

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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2009, 06:17:30 PM »

DanTheChevyMan,  You may want to give DuayneD the number of your collision shop so he can store that number in his Onstar onboard phone just in case  wink

LOL -- As Dan said, if I get hit that hard, what happens to the car will be the least of my concerns!
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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2009, 10:25:14 AM »

I think GM is extremely smart in it's battery considerations.  First, modern sealed batteries do not emit gases like the old batteries did, so that's not an issue.  Also, moving the battery away from the heat of the engine helps it's life and quality.  In turn the possibility of corrosion due to the battery is kept away from engine parts, etc etc.    I helped my father-in-law change the battery in his 2001 Buick not to long ago.  Since it was under the back seat, the battery was almost as clean as if it were new.  Taking it out was a piece of cake.  Only negative I can see here in the Traverse is the torx screw... why?

It's funny how so many folks outside the GM ranks give GM a lot of grief over technology.  When GM has been making changes for decades that improve the overall quality of vehicles.  They just don't crow about it, so these great changes often go relatively un-noticed.

I'll say though that "Finding the GM battery" is starting to turn into kind of a game for me  Grin   In my wife's HHR it was easy, sitting right next to the spare in the very back.  I expected to find it there in the Traverse.  I had to cheat though and find the Enclave forum to help out  wink
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2009, 05:18:39 PM »

thanks for those pics.
very helpful
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