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greg jacobs

I buy the 60 month batteries. I refuse to buy a 36 month battery

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greg jacobs

Some of the chain stores are only carrying the 36 month batteries but I  won't buy them

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jeff88

Found that if I keep the battery terminals clean that getting another full year or more is very likely.  Just make sure they look like new once a year.  Also, this protects the cables from acid rusting as well.  If you have any build-up of gunk or powder, just clean it off, re-install the calipers and you are done.  Or ask to have them checked when in for oil changes.

 

Batteries don't last as long in TX as they do up North due to over-charging.  Higher heat affects them more than cold.  At least that's what I've read in auto forums such as Edmunds.  I'm happy to get 5 years on one down here.  

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MNice

I've had two 72 month batteries (in different vehicles) die within one month of their expected life. One time it happened crossing the border and we had an armed escort push us across the bridge into the states post 911. I'm sure waiting in line for two hours with temps in the 90's with the A/C on had something to do with it. Luckily the local parts store was still open and an off duty customs agent gave me a ride to fetch a new battery.

 

I respect the battery life as stamped especially when traveling.

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Marc Ret

As Jeff mentioned, keeping the terminals clean is essential. A paste of baking soda and water on the posts and cable ends works well to clean corrosion. Scub, rinse and dry everything and coat with Vaseline. You'll be amazed how much better your vehicle will start. 

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Curt

Yep, I change out every battery in anything I own every 36 months regardless of condition.  I've been stuck due to a dead battery a time or two in my younger years and I don't want to repeat it.  Changing out batteries on a regular basis is cheap insurance against having a break down in some out of the way spot when you least need it.

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Brad Eden

Knock on stumpage...I've never been stranded away from home with a dead batty. Just got a Genius GB40 jump starter for any issues in the future.

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paul frey

Only change car battery when the old one is dead.  Have noticed however that my quad batteries only last about 3 years.  I was talking with the Polaris dealer and she told me from day 1 keep it on a battery tender. 

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Dogwood

All I got to say is I really like Interstate batteries.

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Dogwood
2 hours ago, Brad Eden said:

Knock on stumpage...I've never been stranded away from home with a dead batterie. Just got a Genius GB40 jump starter for any issues in the future.

 

Hey do us a favor. Turn your truck lights on, run down your battery, and let us know how the Genius works.

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Brad Eden
21 minutes ago, Dogwood said:

 

Hey do us a favor. Turn your truck lights on, run down your battery, and let us know how the Genius works.

 

No.

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PartridgeCartridge

My original 2006 Tundra battery lasted 10 years. Two years ago I replaced it and just had to buy another one.

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25/06

Batteries and charging systems work so much harder with modern cars. I think the easiest thing a battery does is start the motor.

Heated seats

remote starts

3-5 computers

fuel injectors

video screens

lights everywhere

Transmission shifting

4 wheel drive engagement.

 

Weak battery or a dead cell(most common now) can cause all kinds of drivability issues you would not necessarily relate to a battery.

 

I was working on the road a few years ago during a bad winter. My wife was using my 2000 Ford Ranger for daily driver due to snow.

When I got home and drove it  I noticed the transfer case was jumping in and out of engagement.

I have a relative that owns a transmission shop and he told me to bring it in and he would look at it. I told him I would but I was going to

replace the battery as it seemed a little weak. He laughed and said replace the battery and try driving it. He bet me the transfer case will stay engaged.

When I replaced the battery the transfer case worked fine! It turns out on that truck and a lot of others with a button or switch on the dash have a large

electric magnet that is the only thing keeping the 4wheel drive engaged.

 

I could easily see someone paying for a transmission repair when the only thing they actually needed was a new battery

 

On daily drivers, I am firmly in the camp of replacing them every 3-4 years now.

 

 

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