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Old 09-01-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
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Thanks. Yeah I was starting to think the same thing, that the cells are shorted, which would explain the massive current draw on the charger. Not sure how it happened though...never did I abuse this battery in any way.

The parasitic drain....how can I check for that? This car has never had any issues of battery drain before.
You need an ammeter. Remove + cable from battery, then jumper ammeter probes together with a wire, connect between + cable and terminal. Remove jumper from the probes. If you don't use the jumper, the current rush when the connection is made will blow the fuse in your meter.

It should be <50mA. No more than 100mA.
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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I've always heard that only 2 or 3 companies make car batteries...and everybody just puts their labels on them.

Is this still true? Or was it ever true? LOL
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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I've always heard that only 2 or 3 companies make car batteries...and everybody just puts their labels on them.

Is this still true? Or was it ever true? LOL
My understanding as well, Car54.

That applies to most Kitchen Appliances and Electronics as well, however, I'll put my money on an Optima Battery any day!
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I found out this battery is supposed to have a 7 year warranty on it, I bought it May 2004 for my Chevelle. I no longer have the car and the receipt is lost. Also i bought the battery in NC but now live in MO. I purchased it from Autozone....you think they have a national databank that will show I bought it back in May 04?
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The warranties are pro rated, meaning they usually will fail giving you about $5 toward a replacement. Any store selling them should honor the warranty, they will base it on the manufacture date since the receipt is missing. Costco sells optima, try them.
Interstate batteries used to be the best, I do not know if they still are.
At five years I replace mine as I do not want to be stranded.
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I hope the $5 toward replacement isn't part of the core charge.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Lettuce Land
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1. How long do car batteries typically last for?
Three full years and up to the first really cold/damp night in the fall of the next year. Anything after that is gravy.

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2. For a battery what do you recommend? .
The cheapest you can find that fits your car but has the highest available cranking power rating. Spending a nickel more is throwing your money away. Forget brands, forget commercials, go with cranking power and cost.

And once a year clean your battery terminals and wash off the top of your battery, then dry it with paper. [damp residue builds up on the case over time and after attracting a dust build-up provides a bleed-off path to the frame.You can actually sometimes see the circuit path glow on a dark night].

Last edited by Franklyn; 09-01-2008 at 06:04 PM.. Reason: grammar
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic
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It looks like battery is good for about 4 years. In my case 2005 Toyota Camry
bought new in May 2005, got battery marked August 2004 (so I lost almost a year) just went dead on me. Replaced with Toyota Truestart Battery with 84 month warranty (first year - free replacement, then - prorated). We will see how long will it last.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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It looks like battery is good for about 4 years. In my case 2005 Toyota Camry
bought new in May 2005, got battery marked August 2004 (so I lost almost a year) just went dead on me. Replaced with Toyota Truestart Battery with 84 month warranty (first year - free replacement, then - prorated). We will see how long will it last.
Great point, Marcian . . .

The Battery in any vehicle could very well be upwards to a year older than the actual purchase date of the vehicle. The same applies to Tires which AGE as well as WEAR.
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:05 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Car batteries do last around 5 to 6 years if cared for properly. Less in cold climates. Although they almost all say "Maintenance Free", it's good to check the dielectric when you get your oil changed. Let a mechanic put the require water into it. The battery companies started calling it this because too many people were injuring themselves then wanting to sue the battery company. I like Interstate Batteries. Not just because they're great batteries but also because of the youth justice programs the chairman supports. They also support NASCAR, do you need anymore reasons .
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