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Old 11-20-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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I konow alot of people who most of the year do stop and start driving in the city and slowly the battery gets lower and lower on charge. At a certain point car batteries which are meant to be fully charged start going downhill. Many do no battery maintenace at all.If its a flooded battery they never check the water and never check the charge especailly in cold regions.When i buy a new vehiocle or a new battery the first thing I do is put my battery tender on it to bring it up to full charge.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:55 PM
 
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Best battery I ever had was an Interstate. Lasted about 8 years. They may not make them as well now.I dont know. I do know that the "new" batteries you buy at autozone and some other parts stores are not really new. Autozone recycles batteries and reconditions them and offers a warranty as new. I caught autozone doing this once when I noticed that there were marks on the terminals they hadnt removed during the recycle process. You see many batteries are returned to autozone that arent really bad just discharged to the point its very hard to charge them back up. Instead of throwing them away autozone cleans them up and makes them look like new and puts another control number on them and sells them as new. They figure as long as they give a "new" warranty its ok. Check the new battery over well before you buy a new one at autozone and look for small marks on the terminals. A really new battery shouldnt have any should it..?
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:30 PM
 
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I konow alot of people who most of the year do stop and start driving in the city and slowly the battery gets lower and lower on charge. At a certain point car batteries which are meant to be fully charged start going downhill. Many do no battery maintenace at all.If its a flooded battery they never check the water and never check the charge especailly in cold regions.When i buy a new vehiocle or a new battery the first thing I do is put my battery tender on it to bring it up to full charge.
I bought several Battery Tenders and they do a great job... both the Jr. and regular model... Interstate Battery also sells them under their brand...

When I worked at a car lot we would always check the water level... so many maintenance free batteries would be down at least a little bit.
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:29 AM
 
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Generally speaking, the best battery is one with the longest warranty.

Johnson Controls is the largest battery manufacturer in the USA. There are actually only two or three battery manufacturers, but oodles and oodles of brands. However, not all of them are the same as every brand has their own specs for the most part.

My Delco Freedom II battery installed in my '83 T-car lasted 12 years, the longest I've had. Motorcraft came in second at 9 years.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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We have a 2001 Sunfire we bought new with the original A/C Delco battery 160,000 miles still going strong. I will replace it with another when it dies.
I had an OPTIMA red top that did not last a year in my Mustang. Exchanged it and sold the exchanged one to fund my Die Hard gold.
You must live in a temperate climate so that your battery never gets taxed by winter weather.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:09 PM
 
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You must live in a temperate climate so that your battery never gets taxed by winter weather.
Cold weather will drain a battery but excessive heat will kill one.
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Cold weather will drain a battery but excessive heat will kill one.
And temperate is Mr Inbetween.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Marine City
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You must live in a temperate climate so that your battery never gets taxed by winter weather.
Actually I live in Michigan so not very temperate.
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