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Hi,

I just changed the battery of my 2006 escape xls. The new battery comes with a "vent tubing kit". What is that used for? Do I need to connect it somehow? My old stock battery didn't seem to have the "tube".

Your suggestion is appreciated.

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Most Escapes use a battery with a group size of 40R. This group size is commonly used in European vehicles. Recently Ford and Chrysler have started using European spec batteries in their vehicles.

Many new cars have the battery mounted in the trunk, or under the back seat. When the battery is mounted in these locations it is a good idea to vent the battery to the exterior of the vehicle so that passengers don't breath dangerous gasses that sometimes form during charging.

On the Ford Escape, the battery it mounted under the hood, so you shouldn't need the vent tubes.
 

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Since the battery has a vent hose nipple, I went ahead & installed a piece of tubing & routed it thru the battery tray vent tube hole. I didn't think it was necessary but wasn't really sure. It didn't look right without it, so what the heck.
 
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