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Old 08-24-2010, 06:00 PM
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Battery Life

Am I the only one who gets between 36 and 48 months usage on a 72 month battery in the Texas heat? Years ago I used to buy Wal-Mart batteries and they were the worst for short life; 23 months on a 60 or 72 month battery.

How are Auto Zone batteries for longevity? Due to poor customer service at the Interstate Battery Store I have decided to switch vendors. So what other battery vendors have you had good luck with?

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Have you noticed that batteries dont weigh as much as they used to?...I think its because they have thinner plates in them that corrode away quicker........Thats what I think anyways...

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I used to trash talk Optima batteries after having two bad ones (warranty replacement) in my car. The third one I now have is doing great....so far. I have a NAPA battery in our Tahoe that is now on it's fifth year.

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Best I've found are Exide. It gets pretty hot here too. Last one I bought is 7yrs old now. My Dad has one that's 9yrs. old. I've had better luck with Walmart than AutoZone or Advance.
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Best I've found are Exide. It gets pretty hot here too. Last one I bought is 7yrs old now. My Dad has one that's 9yrs. old. I've had better luck with Walmart than AutoZone or Advance.
I agree Exide are probably the best. They make NAPA battery's and I believe the Sears Die Hard as well. We have also had real good luck with AC Delco's.

Walmart batteries are cheaply made and I have seen a lot of them fail well before the rated life span. There is a reason they are only 50-70 bucks, a good battery will be at least $100 in most cases.
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Hobby cars often go unused for long periods and that is hard on batteries.
Also short trips results in an undercharged battery.
Get a battery minder to extend the battery life.
See www.batteryminder.com
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I would agreee with the post above and also it is very hard to just compare makes of battery as all cars have a different work load put on them which will in the end determine how well it holds up. I would just go for a battery that offers the best warantee should it fail.
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I like buying my batteries from NAPA because they give good service and you can find an NAPA in just about any town if you do have problems . Just carry your receipt in your glovebox.
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No difference in batteries.

Today, all batteries are all about the same. Under normal use, if you install any 60 month battery expect to get 48 months out of it before it needs to be replaced. This month I replaced a Wal-Mart battery on my 1999 Ford Crown Victoria P-71 Police Interceptor and it was six years old. I installed another one on the Ford exactly like the one it replaced.

I have an AC Delco 60 month battery (made in Mexico) on my '91 S-10 Blazer 4x4. I keep a Deltran battery Tender on that battery when it is in the garage. "The Dime" is only driven from 10 to 50 miles per week and only on Sunday. I have used Deltran Battery tenders on my show and go cars since 1980. The Deltran 0.800 ma trickle chargers will enhance the life of any battery used in a car that is not driven very much. Most cars today have at least 20 ma parasitic battery drain when not inuse.

Prior to 1985 -1990, AC Delco Division of GM had quality control problems with their batteries leaking around the terminals after production started in Mexico. After a large number of recalls and customer complaints, GM assigned American quality control inspectors to the main AC Delco battery plant in Mexico and had no more problems with leaking batteries.

The strongest and most depenable battery I have used was a Interstate's finest 1100 CCA battery. I put that battery to the test on a 455 Pontiac engine with 12:1 compression ratio. I tried two different brands of batteries on that torque monster and the Interstate battery was the only one that would crank successfully in the north Texas climate, which is cold as Kansas in winter and hot as the Mohave Desert in summer.

I first installed a New Castle repro AC Delco DC-12 tar top battery on my 1963 Pontiac Catlaina w/455 engine and it would not crank the motor but three or four times and then the repro battery was dead. New Castle replaced the battery at no charge but told me that their batteries are for restored cars and were only designed to crank the V8 engines of that era which used the old tar-top batteries and only those engines that had a stock compression ratio. They would NOT guarantee that they would crank a 455 Pontiac engine with 12:1 compression ratio.

The represenative at New Castle Battery went on to say that the size and compsition of all the modern lead-antimony plates has been changed by the EPA and modern batteries are not designed to crank the old large displacement engines with over 11:1 compression ratio or even low compression engines with a long duration camshaft. The latter is the combination most street rodders are using today so they can continue to use cheap, low octane, pump gas.

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cant completely down walmart batteries i bought one in a pinch when my 18month old interstate failed and that was in 2004 and that walmart battery tested 100% a month ago when i was getting an alt light in my car.. (was the regulator causing the alt light charging at 19 volts) not bad for a 6 year old $40 battery.
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If you have extra room it is a good idea to get the biggest battery that will fit into you application. It is better for the battery and the entire electrical system.
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dirty trick

The battery manufacturers give a warranty period on their batteries that is 25% more than the expected life of the battery. By doing that, they keep you coming back to get the same battery over and over again.

In the mid-70's I went through that "pro-rated" merry-go-round with Die Hard batteries for about 75 months until I broke their "come back and buy another one" warranty after the last Die Hard failed. I said damn the Die Hard warranty, and I bought a Interstate battery.
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If you have extra room it is a good idea to get the biggest battery that will fit into you application. It is better for the battery and the entire electrical system.
that may be why my walmart battery has lasted so long my car has a recommended 400 something cold crank and i installed an 800
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I sold batteries when I lived in Illinois,Oregon,California and Arizona,you would be surprised how much climate has to do with the battery you purchase.In places where you have cold winters the bigger cold cranking extra plates will work good,here in Phoenix that does not work because of our high temps, the higher cranking amps are produced by adding more plates in the same group size battery,the heat here causes the batteries to expand internally and the higher amp batteries fail when the plates make contact and short out. The large dual terminal 850-1,000 amp batteries failed a lot within the first year where as the 700 amp batteries would last 3 years plus.Take the big amp batteries up into the mountains around Flaggstaff where it is much cooler and they survive.
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insane climate

I live in an area of the U.S. where the temperatures are like the Death Valley California in summer and like Cold Knob Wyoming in winter. What type battery would survive in that kind of climate?
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