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Car battery?

Post by Myopic squirrel » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:43 pm

Need to replace my Acura TSX battery. Most recent battery - Advance Auto Gold, which lasted only 45 months. My experience with Interstate has been very disappointing - the 2 most recent (in our Jetta & Accord) both crapped out a couple of months prior to "expected" life. .Have read that "they don't make them like they used to". Any battery recommendations? Thank you in advance.

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Post by Teague » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:51 pm

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:43 pm
Need to replace my Acura TSX battery. Most recent battery - Advance Auto Gold, which lasted only 45 months. My experience with Interstate has been very disappointing - the 2 most recent (in our Jetta & Accord) both crapped out a couple of months prior to "expected" life. .Have read that "they don't make them like they used to". Any battery recommendations? Thank you in advance.
I generally follow the advice of my auto shop teacher in high school (does anybody else remember auto shop in high school? :happy )

"Figure out the biggest size battery that will fit in that space, and buy the heaviest one you can find."

I figure that statement is kind of like the three-fund portfolio - it sounds too simple to be any good, but it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
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Post by rocket354 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:07 pm

Acuras of a certain vintage are notorious for killing batteries.

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-set ... batteries/

Lots of people with 2004-2008 or so model-year Acuras report battery draining issues. If yours is from that time frame, it might not be the battery. (And, really, 45 months isn't that awful a length of time--almost 4 years. Climate, use, and/or randomness of battery life can all explain that.)

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Post by mxs » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:10 pm

Last two I have installed have been Advance Auto (Autocraft) Gold (3 year warranty) with no problems and life much longer than 3 years, 5+ years and going on both. My understanding is that there are only a few manufacturers on batteries, so the warranty duration is a fairly decent way to judge quality and life. I think you may have had bad luck with that particular battery, and I would expect if you got another it would last longer. I live in Illinois, so temps ranging from 0F to 100F.

Most things car related, I check NAPA, Autozone, Advance, and O'Reily's for their sales/promotions/discounts and go with the cheapest at a quality level I am comfortable with. Advance usually has the best discounts/sales. Side note: I was given a Car Jack and maintenance kit as a gift (jack, jack stands, creeper; Duralast brand from Autozone) and after several years of use the jack stopped working. I took it back without receipt and they gave me an entire new set free no questions asked. They back Duralast brand tools well.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by mxs » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:13 pm

rocket354 wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:07 pm
Acuras of a certain vintage are notorious for killing batteries.

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-set ... batteries/

Lots of people with 2004-2008 or so model-year Acuras report battery draining issues. If yours is from that time frame, it might not be the battery. (And, really, 45 months isn't that awful a length of time--almost 4 years. Climate, use, and/or randomness of battery life can all explain that.)
Good info, very likely not the battery's fault. Maybe look into a way to stop that draining from happening if you can or shut it down completely if you don't use it.

Worth a shot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsPUhLCgR1M

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Post by emoore » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:04 am

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:43 pm
Need to replace my Acura TSX battery. Most recent battery - Advance Auto Gold, which lasted only 45 months. My experience with Interstate has been very disappointing - the 2 most recent (in our Jetta & Accord) both crapped out a couple of months prior to "expected" life. .Have read that "they don't make them like they used to". Any battery recommendations? Thank you in advance.
Not sure an battery is going to last as long as the older batteries. Seems like they aren’t made like back in the day. Probably less toxic chemicals. I figure I’ll have to replace batteries every 3-5 years.

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Post by Myopic squirrel » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:01 pm

Rocket, thank you for the link. Our's is an '04 TSX but without the hands free phone technology, so that's not causing the problem.
Since my wife retired, she's not using the car as much. Found this:

Batteries have a natural self discharge, plus all modern vehicles electrical systems draw power from the battery, even when the car is turned off. The battery power is needed to keep the computer, clock and radio from losing its memory. Over time the battery will become fully discharged if the car is not driven. The only way to overcome this is to use the vehicle regularly or connect a maintenance charger, which will keep your battery in good condition. Additionally, short stop-start trips, driving in extreme hot or cold weather, and leaving corrosion and loose terminals unchecked all contribute to draining a battery.

We're guilty of all but the terminals' condition.

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Post by Rupert » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:05 pm

45 months is about the lifespan for a battery, even a good one. I don't think you're going to do much better. I also have an 04 TSX, and I've had to replace the battery about every 3 years. I do live in a very hot climate, which affects battery life. (Just curious: Have you had any problems with the power steering system? Overall it's been a reliable little car, but the power steering fluid has leaked almost from the get-go, and I've had to replace O-rings three times).
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Post by Admiral » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:07 pm

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:01 pm
Rocket, thank you for the link. Our's is an '04 TSX but without the hands free phone technology, so that's not causing the problem.
Since my wife retired, she's not using the car as much. Found this:

Batteries have a natural self discharge, plus all modern vehicles electrical systems draw power from the battery, even when the car is turned off. The battery power is needed to keep the computer, clock and radio from losing its memory. Over time the battery will become fully discharged if the car is not driven. The only way to overcome this is to use the vehicle regularly or connect a maintenance charger, which will keep your battery in good condition. Additionally, short stop-start trips, driving in extreme hot or cold weather, and leaving corrosion and loose terminals unchecked all contribute to draining a battery.

We're guilty of all but the terminals' condition.
There is another way: disconnect the negative cable. I wouldn't suggest this if you drive regularly, but if the car will sit for a week or more, it's worth it. You'll lose you pre-sets and alarm, of course. If you park in a private garage with power, then yes, trickle charger makes sense.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:37 pm

I've always bought Interstate reconditioned batteries. They cost 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of new and I've found that they equal new batteries in my own cars. I would say that expecting more than 48 months is like expecting more than 1000 miles on a tank of gas. If you replace a battery every 3 years, that's pretty average.
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Re: Car battery?

Post by mxs » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:02 pm

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:01 pm
Rocket, thank you for the link. Our's is an '04 TSX but without the hands free phone technology, so that's not causing the problem.
Since my wife retired, she's not using the car as much. Found this:

Batteries have a natural self discharge, plus all modern vehicles electrical systems draw power from the battery, even when the car is turned off. The battery power is needed to keep the computer, clock and radio from losing its memory. Over time the battery will become fully discharged if the car is not driven. The only way to overcome this is to use the vehicle regularly or connect a maintenance charger, which will keep your battery in good condition. Additionally, short stop-start trips, driving in extreme hot or cold weather, and leaving corrosion and loose terminals unchecked all contribute to draining a battery.

We're guilty of all but the terminals' condition.
I would check for that box in the passenger foot well to make sure it isn't there. Sometimes items get installed even if they aren't used. If it is there, disconnect it for sure.

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Post by Ged » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:11 pm

My conclusion is that it's not the batteries have gotten worse but all the electronics in modern cars, especially the ones that drain the battery when the car is off. I used to get 7 years on a battery some 20 years ago. Now it's 4.

These days I use a trickle charger fairly frequently in winter to keep the charge level up.

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Post by jharkin » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:29 pm

Batteries have not gotten any worse. The basic chemistry is still the same as its been for decades- sulfuric acid & lead plates treated with calcium or antimony depending on the application.

As stated above what has changed is modern high tech cars have more parasitic power drains that slowly discharge the battery if your car sits for long periods.

As always, the #1 source for everything you want to know about car batteries is here:
http://batteryfaq.org/

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Post by Electron » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:49 pm

Check this link from Optima Batteries which mentions 12.4 volts as the lower threshold to maintain long battery life.

https://www.optimabatteries.com/en-us/e ... sitic-draw

Voltage should be measured with a digital voltmeter at least 12 hours after any charging to make sure that surface charge has dissipated.

Cars today are somewhat lighter on charging which helps meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.
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Post by rebellovw » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:55 pm

I used to swear by first interstate batteries as I've had great luck with them. I was first told about them buy a AAA tow truck driver.

Now all batteries (from my talk at Big O and O'Reily) are all made by Johnson Controls - so brand really doesn't matter any longer.

I disconnect my car battery that sits in the garage for weeks at a time.

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Post by random_walker_77 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:11 pm

warning: disconnecting your battery not only loses the radio settings, but it loses recent diagnostic data. This means that you can't reconnect and go get emissions testing done in counties where they need to scan for engine codes. It takes several trips before the emissions data is valid.

If you're going to disconnect, a switch like this makes it easy. Not a bad idea if parking in a sketchy area as it makes it a little tougher to hotwire your car, though it's not actually a hidden switch.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Battery-Li ... 0010.m2109

If in your private garage, a battery tender would help to keep your battery topped off (but not overcharged)
https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-0 ... B000CITK8S

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Post by Toons » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:14 pm

Go to Autozone. Advance.Sams,Costco,Walmart ,take your pick
Have them recommend the best battery option available for your vehicle.
Purchase it ,
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Post by Admiral » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:48 pm

My first Interstate Battery lasted for 7 years. The next one lasted less than 3. Same car, but two extremely cold winters and limited driving. Also, full discharge shortens the life of a battery.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by Pedro Smada » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:27 pm

IMO, the best type of battery out there is a Flat Plate AGM Battery. Pricey? Yes...but you get what you pay for.

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Post by dodgy55 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:45 pm

I posted a similar topic back in July. I have had like 3 batteries in less than five years. From the many comments I received I concluded my batteries were not lasting due to my change in commuting status. When I commuted 100 miles a day, my original battery lasted 10 years. But since I retired back in 2013 my truck sits in the driveway and since then I have had to replace batteries twice. I bought a solar 1.5w charger from Harbor Freight (about $15) and keep in plugged into my cig lighter port. Not convinced this will work but it was cheap enough to try and see how long this battery lasts.
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Post by sport » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:28 pm

mxs wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:10 pm
My understanding is that there are only a few manufacturers on batteries, so the warranty duration is a fairly decent way to judge quality and life.
I have seen instances where two identical batteries were sold with different warranties. Of course, the one with the longer warranty cost more. A better way to judge the life of a battery is to compare the ratings. There are generally two ratings: Cold Cranking Amps and Reserve Capacity. The quality of different batteries made by the same manufacturer is generally the same. The differences between the lower and higher ratings are the size of the plates and the number of plates per cell. The materials used are the same. When I was in the industry, we had 3 plates sizes, low medium and high. The number of plates per cell for automobile applications ranged from 7 to 15. As you might expect, a battery with 15 high plates per cell will outperform one with 7 low plates. It will have higher ratings and will cost about 3 times as much. It will also last longer.

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Post by StevieG72 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:01 pm

I like Optima batteries.

Advance always has discounts for ordering online.

A trickle charger is not a bad idea, I used one on my last vehicle especially when it was really cold. You can install a connector to the battery and just plug in the charger when needed. i just plugged mine in when we had severe cold weather.
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Post by Sandtrap » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:26 pm

As a result of "lifestyle creep", I paid several hundred dollars for an AGM (advanced glass mat) battery for my truck :D
I also have a "battery maintainer/desulfator" plugged into all batteries in vehicles and farm equipment if they are not going to be used for a time, especially winter.

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Post by capsaicinguy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:13 am

Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:26 pm
As a result of "lifestyle creep", I paid several hundred dollars for an AGM (advanced glass mat) battery for my truck :D
I also have a "battery maintainer/desulfator" plugged into all batteries in vehicles and farm equipment if they are not going to be used for a time, especially winter.
I have wrenched on cars as a hobby for a long time now. I put auto craft platinum (AGM) batteries in all my cars now too. One of my cars sits in storage on a battery tender as well. Like another person said, put the biggest one you can fit in.

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Post by tennisplyr » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:16 am

I'm finding batteries last ~3 years.
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Post by mxs » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:04 am

I happened to be in Walmart yesterday and noticed they had their brand EverStart Maxx with 5 year warranty (3 years free replacement, 2 years prorated) for just under $100. My Group Size 75 is listed as $88.

Compare that to AutoCraft Gold (Advance) with 3 year warranty at $125 - $160 (minus 20% discount, so $100 - $128) Group Size 75 = $138, or $110 after discount.

Walmart may be the place to go for this $$$ wise. I know for motor oil they are hard to beat.

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Post by FraggleRock » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:37 am

dodgy55 wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:45 pm
From the many comments I received I concluded my batteries were not lasting due to my change in commuting status. When I commuted 100 miles a day, my original battery lasted 10 years. But since I retired ...
This!

We only put 4500 mi/yr on our car. We replace the battery every 3 years. My mechanic said: "You need to drive and for longer trips or buy a battery maintainer."
I calculated that we average 1 start every 3 miles of driving. Brutal on the [lead-acid] battery. A Saturday errand day is 8 starts in 13 miles.

Yet, another reason that our next car will be 100% electric.

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Post by Myopic squirrel » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:41 am

All your replies are what makes the BH forums such an incredible resource - thank you!

jharkin, thank you for the battery link. I'm a sucker for this type of info! I'm certain my wife suspects me of surfing for porn, but when I get a site like BH or BITOG.com (Bob is the oil guy), I'm on it for hours! *G*

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Post by Frisco Kid » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:25 am

Newer cars have a lot more electronics on board that MAY result in shorter battery life. Suggest you consider replacing at 36 month intervals. Trickle charger could be another option but a pain for a daily driver. 45 months is good battery life as mentioned................

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Post by sport » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:31 am

There are a number of posts that mention expected battery life. This is a function of the battery ratings, miles driven, and average temperature. A battery with higher CCA rating and reserve capacity rating will last longer than a lower rated battery. If a the vehicle is driven very little, it can shorten battery life. If the vehicle is driven very high mileage, it can shorten battery life. If the battery is exposed to high temperatures (southern climate) battery life will be shorter.

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Post by Freddy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:55 pm

Volkswagen manual recommends changing the battery every three year(IIRC) on our Tiguan. It crapped out at four years. Slow starting in the cold weather. Had dealer replace it for $150. It is a low CCA battery and I’m not sure if I did the right thing. It’s not fun to get stuck with a dead battery, so replacing at the first sign of trouble is a good idea.

The best factory battery I ever had was in a Volvo 240D. Lasted 19 years and it was one of the old style with the caps so you could add water. It was missing two caps for years and still worked. I think they were made by Gould. The battery was huge and weighed a ton.

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Post by sport » Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:17 pm

Freddy wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:55 pm
Volkswagen manual recommends changing the battery every three year(IIRC) on our Tiguan. It crapped out at four years. Slow starting in the cold weather. Had dealer replace it for $150. It is a low CCA battery and I’m not sure if I did the right thing. It’s not fun to get stuck with a dead battery, so replacing at the first sign of trouble is a good idea.
A low CCA battery for $150 is the reason to not go to the dealer for a battery replacement. For that money, you should be able to get a premium battery in the same size. It is better not to wait for the first sign of trouble. You might get stuck and then have all the costs and inconvenience that entails.

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Post by kazper » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:18 pm

mxs wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:04 am
I happened to be in Walmart yesterday and noticed they had their brand EverStart Maxx with 5 year warranty (3 years free replacement, 2 years prorated) for just under $100. My Group Size 75 is listed as $88.

Compare that to AutoCraft Gold (Advance) with 3 year warranty at $125 - $160 (minus 20% discount, so $100 - $128) Group Size 75 = $138, or $110 after discount.

Walmart may be the place to go for this $$$ wise. I know for motor oil they are hard to beat.
I was considering this route too, but decided against it after reading all sorts of negative reviews for these batteries. I ended up at Pep Boys buying a Bosch with a 3 year warranty.

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Post by sport » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:02 pm

kazper wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:18 pm
mxs wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:04 am
I happened to be in Walmart yesterday and noticed they had their brand EverStart Maxx with 5 year warranty (3 years free replacement, 2 years prorated) for just under $100. My Group Size 75 is listed as $88.

Compare that to AutoCraft Gold (Advance) with 3 year warranty at $125 - $160 (minus 20% discount, so $100 - $128) Group Size 75 = $138, or $110 after discount.

Walmart may be the place to go for this $$$ wise. I know for motor oil they are hard to beat.
I was considering this route too, but decided against it after reading all sorts of negative reviews for these batteries. I ended up at Pep Boys buying a Bosch with a 3 year warranty.
As I have advised previously. It is more meaningful to compare ratings than it is to compare warranties.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by dratkinson » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:03 am

dodgy55 wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:45 pm
I posted a similar topic back in July. I have had like 3 batteries in less than five years. From the many comments I received I concluded my batteries were not lasting due to my change in commuting status. When I commuted 100 miles a day, my original battery lasted 10 years. But since I retired back in 2013 my truck sits in the driveway and since then I have had to replace batteries twice. I bought a solar 1.5w charger from Harbor Freight (about $15) and keep in plugged into my cig lighter port. Not convinced this will work but it was cheap enough to try and see how long this battery lasts.

If you have not already done so, double-check that your cigarette lighter is "hot" when the ignition is off. Why? Some vehicle don't switch the cigarette light with the ignition (keep it hot), some switch it with the ignition (it's cold with ignition off).

The cigarette lighter must be "hot" (circuit closed) when the ignition is off so the solar panel can charge the battery.

If your cigarette lighter is "cold" (circuit open) when the ignition is off, then the solar panel can not charge your battery.

Work around if cigarette lighter is cold with ignition off. Run a fused charging cable through a firewall grommet to the battery. Put a cigarette lighter end on the charging cable. Plug solar charger into it.
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Re: Car battery?

Post by lazydavid » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:45 am

Teague wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:51 pm
I generally follow the advice of my auto shop teacher in high school (does anybody else remember auto shop in high school? :happy )

"Figure out the biggest size battery that will fit in that space, and buy the heaviest one you can find."
Yep, have done this in both of my BMWs. My current E90 comes stock with an H7 size battery. The AGM version of this from Advance Auto is 12.4" long and weighs 51 lbs. I moved the mounting bracket all the way to the end and installed the H8 version, which is 14" long and weighs 60 lbs. Ironically, the larger battery is $30 cheaper.

It's only 18 months old, so no word on how long it'll live, but I'm expecting 4-5 years.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by whomever » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:06 am

Work around if cigarette lighter is cold with ignition off. Run a fused charging cable through a firewall grommet to the battery.
I've heard of solar chargers that charge through the OBD port. That might save running wiring.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by Swansea » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:14 am

Good with an AGM battery. They are better for the newer vehicles with all the electronics.

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Post by myleaf » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:20 am

I live in Phx and the heat shorten's the life of auto batteries.
So far the best I have found are AGM batteries.
The best I have found that works in my cars are Odyssey Batteries - Flat plate AGM. Very pricey.

I have found that Pep Boys sells a Bosch Flat Plate AGM at a more reasonable cost. Also goes on sale.
I have one in one of our cars and so far is holding up well.
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Post by FrugalInvestor » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:45 am

I also live in a very hot climate. My strategy is to buy a 'standard' reasonably priced battery with the best warranty I can find. My current one which I bought at the dealer for the same price as the auto stores were selling theirs is 36 months free replacement and 100 months pro-rated. It died at 30 months (not at all uncommon) and was replaced for free. If it dies again at 60 months, which I fully expect it will, it will be replaced at a 40% discount. I'll buy a new battery will a new warranty at 90 months. This reduces the cost the batteries lasting a total of 7-1/2 years to a very reasonable number.
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Re: Car battery?

Post by mxs » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:39 pm

sport wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:02 pm
kazper wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:18 pm
mxs wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:04 am
I happened to be in Walmart yesterday and noticed they had their brand EverStart Maxx with 5 year warranty (3 years free replacement, 2 years prorated) for just under $100. My Group Size 75 is listed as $88.

Compare that to AutoCraft Gold (Advance) with 3 year warranty at $125 - $160 (minus 20% discount, so $100 - $128) Group Size 75 = $138, or $110 after discount.

Walmart may be the place to go for this $$$ wise. I know for motor oil they are hard to beat.
I was considering this route too, but decided against it after reading all sorts of negative reviews for these batteries. I ended up at Pep Boys buying a Bosch with a 3 year warranty.
As I have advised previously. It is more meaningful to compare ratings than it is to compare warranties.
Sure, compare CCA ratings and let the warranty period be a tie breaker. This thread seems to be a complaint about batteries dying, especially prematurely which CCA and warranties can help with.

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Post by 123 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:32 pm

I went out to my car this morning and only got a click-click-click when I turned the key. I live in a mild climate so I don't worry too much about battery failure. This fall I've been feeling a little guilty about not preemptively replacing my battery since it was over 5 years old. Well I don't have to feel guilty anymore, the battery gods called my battery home after 7 years of reliable service.

I contacted AAA Battery Replacement Service and they were here in 45 minutes with a new size 35 battery for $138 (with member discount) + tax including installation. Had I done preemptive replacement at my convenience from Costco it would have only cost me about $80 + tax and I wouldn't have had any interruption in my schedule.
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Re: Car battery?

Post by sport » Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:22 pm

123 wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:32 pm
Had I done preemptive replacement at my convenience from Costco it would have only cost me about $80 + tax and I wouldn't have had any interruption in my schedule
And you probably would have a new battery with higher ratings and a longer life.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by HerbRight » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:00 pm

I used to work at aUTOZONE, and really recommend DURALAST GOLD batteries... good quality.
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Re: Car battery?

Post by Nearing_Destination » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:00 pm

Well, 123, I was planning on a preemptive battery replacement but just before my next oil change the battery decided to not hold a charge. It was over 6 years old, and as we were heading into winter I didn’t want to have a problem. ( seems that the battery knew it was a goner and wanted to get revenge before it was gone)

I’ve usually replaced at the 6 year mark, unless I was close to a place that could supply one quickly and had a way to get there. Since I’m more out in the boondocks in retirement, I’ve been more on top of maintenance issues

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Re: Car battery?

Post by misterno » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:06 pm

Of all the batteries out there , there are only 2 brands or places that sells prorated batteries

NAPA and Pep Boys

so I chose PepBoys and purchased a Bosch battery for 96 dollars 3 years free replacement and 96 months prorated

I challenge anyone to find a better deal. This was a 26R type battery

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Re: Car battery?

Post by parsi1 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:13 pm

Costco

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Re: Car battery?

Post by dwightnc6 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:57 pm

I've had good service from DieHard Gold batteries in a Mercedes diesel (hard on batteries) and Avalon, getting over 7 years out of them. I have tried the Everstarts by Walmart but the most I got out of them was less than 3 years. Walmart cheerfully gave me a new one but I want RELIABILITY. The Walmart batteries died with no warning. The DieHards gave a weak start but started so I could drive to Sears. The last DieHard I bought was in July 2017 and I bought it from Sears 800 # & prepaid $130 (battery+taxes+instln) and drove to local Sears and had it replaced. I opted for the straight replacement instead of the diagnostic and replacement because I knew the battery was due for replacing. I handed the service advisor a dollop of NO-OX anti-corrosion grease and the installer gladly applied it to posts and connectors. I could've gotten a battery from Costco for $80-100 but in the end decided I would "dance with the one that brung me". All the battery companies seem to have the 3 yr warranty including DieHard Gold but I'm going to dance with 'em one more time.

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Re: Car battery?

Post by sunny_socal » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:05 pm

I always buy Sears 'gold' batteries. Why?
- There happens to be a Sears within a 10 minute drive
- The batteries are probably just as good as others
- 3 year warranty (never used it, batteries always seems to die about 4-5 years later after installation)
- I get tires at Sears quite often, otherwise Costco

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Re: Car battery?

Post by 123 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:15 pm

sunny_socal wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:05 pm
I always buy Sears 'gold' batteries. Why?
- There happens to be a Sears within a 10 minute drive
- The batteries are probably just as good as others
- 3 year warranty (never used it, batteries always seems to die about 4-5 years later after installation)
- I get tires at Sears quite often, otherwise Costco
+1 When I've lived in an area where there was a Sears close by they were always my choice for care maintenance like oil changes, batteries, and tires. It was always so simple and straight forward to get things done there. I thought there drive-up battery replacement line was a winner, they clearly acknowledged that batteries weren't going to last forever.
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