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Hi everyone. I have a 2005 LR3 SE that has a little less than 90k miles on it. Awhile ago I was having problems starting it. Since the nearest LR dealer is more than a 3 hour trip away, I bought a new Interstate H8 battery from a local shop and they installed it. That solved the starting problem. I did get some strange error codes and other electronic glitches, but thought I'd wait till I look the car into the LR dealer.
Afterwards, I had to head out on business for several months. The LR3 sat parked. When I returned the battery was dead. So, I pulled it out and am recharging it now.
Here's where I could use some help please. When I pulled the battery I noticed several 'loose ends'. To begin with, I saw a black hollow tube that was off to one side and wasn't hooked up to anything. From reading on this forum, I see that this might be the battery vent tube, and the shop guy hadn't hooked it up to the battery. There are no elbow fittings going into the battery, but there are holes in the cap of the battery that look like where such a vent tube might be attached on the H8. (I'm going from what I saw in photos posted on this forum.) This black tube is about 2 feet long or so. Its unattached at one end and the other end looks like it goes through some kind of grommet, down through the body of the LR3. Is this likely to be the battery vent tube ?
After I disconnected the heavy wires that connect to the positive and the negative battery terminals, I pulled the battery out. I then noticed the other 'loose end'. Closest to the heavy wire that hooks to the negative battery terminal, I found a black wire that is about 15 inches long. It looks to be 10 gauge and has some black shrink wrap loosely around it. It branches off from some other, thicker wire(s) mounted on the firewall. This loose wire has an eyelet type terminal on the end. I have no idea what this wire is for or where it should be connected, (or if it should be connected).
My guess is that the guy in the local shop just removed the heavy wires from the old battery terminals and slapped in a new Interstate without paying attention to vent tubes or anything else. Your help in identifying what these two 'loose ends' are would be appreciated. I haven't found anything of help in the owners manual. Thanks !
 

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Yes it is a vent tube. They had some connections for transport that get abandoned after shipment. My guess is that is what you found.
 

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Thanks JoeCool ! I appreciate it.

So, the only thing connected to the battery terminals are the heavy positive and negative cables from the vehicle, is that correct ?

I didn't know if the loose, unconnected wire that I saw might be connected to one of the battery terminals.

Again - thank you for your help with this.
 
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