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    about auto batteries

    How do they do it? I was on a seldom used county road yesterday planting political signs. Stopped, shut off engine of my old Dodger truck, got out, planted sign, go in and truck was dead. As in ded-ded. Called AAA for a tow. About an hour later (from ten minute distance) they sent a jeep. Oh, well. They guessed right, my battery was kaput. Service guy checked the date, it is five years old. And, looking back, I got a feeling it is five years to the day and hour I bought it. Oh. well. I'm heading to Wally World shortly to get a replacement. I have checked some prices. Batteries have gotten really expensive lately. About a C-note to replace this one. I ain't a happy camper especially since this comes at a bad time in the budget cycle. BTW, I have bought a lot of batteries over the years and heard all the stories. The current, ded, one is an Interstate, much more expensive than Wal-Mart. It worked and lasted five years. I have had Sears, Wal-Mart and others. Guess what? They work and last five years. Why spend the extra money on an alleged "better" battery?
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    I am with you on that one Frank. I had to replace the one in my pick up a few months back and I found that a battery with the same specs and warranty the prices varied as much as 50 bucks. I went with the one from Wally world too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ... I was on a seldom used county road yesterday planting political signs....
    For the person who seldom votes?
    I agree on the life of batteries. You can almost count on it.

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    Dead battery? But...whaddaya gonna do?

    Couple of months ago, we had to bite the bullet and replace the batteries in our golf car we use around home. Four - count 'em - four 12-volt deep cycle and all that yadda-yadda. I wish they had been ONLY $100 each. These suckers are $200 each, so $800 later we're perking again.

    Whaddaya gonna do?
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    What was the life span rating for the battery? If it was listed as a 60 month battery then you got your monies worth. If it was only a 48 month battery then you got an extra 12 months out of it.

    A car battery usually gives some warning signs that it's beginning to fail. For me it's when It has a hard time cranking the engine on a cold morning. When that happens I just replace it.

    I bought a 1996 ford escort and put 100,000 miles on that car in 3-1/2 years and never had a problem with the battery and that car sat for a year before I bought it.

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    My 17 year old Toyota truck was only on its second battery when I traded it in. The OEM one lasted about seven years, and the replacement (Diehard®) was ten years old (72 month warranty) and still going strong.

    My 2010 Ford Ranger still has the OEM battery in it, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    Dead battery? But...whaddaya gonna do?

    Couple of months ago, we had to bite the bullet and replace the batteries in our golf car we use around home. Four - count 'em - four 12-volt deep cycle and all that yadda-yadda. I wish they had been ONLY $100 each. These suckers are $200 each, so $800 later we're perking again.

    Whaddaya gonna do?
    I live in a golf community hundreds of golf carts in use here. 5 to 6 years seems to be about the average life of golf cart batteries batteries. I have friends who golf 6 days a week. Cart is charged overnight every day. Yes they too last 5 - 6 years. Acid level needs to be checked and topped off often. The hot weather and high number of charge cycles goes thru a fair amount of water added. I would guess topping off about once a month for the high use users is about right.

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    Had a bad run in this vein. P/U would not start, dead battery. Jumped and got home bought 100.00 wally world special worked OK at home. Next week end returning
    From sons home 25 miles from nothing black as can lights began dimming then _out. Motor quit and we were stranded. Called AAA but to dark to read customer number they say no dice for service. Had son brought flashlight to read card. Then got quick service and a haul job for the price of the AAA membership.
    Well worth the money. Found out it was the alternator. $600.00 later.
    Just all in the fun of living.
    David

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    Called AAA but to dark to read customer number they say no dice for service.
    That really stinks. I kinda flashlight obsessed. Got them everywhere. My fall/winter camo cap even has one built into the beak. Has proven very handy.
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    If I remember correctly while a battery loses a certain percentage of life and charge from non use, float chargers keep them topped off, while helping with the desulfication.

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