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Old 09-18-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Default car battery dying in the desert?

Question for my fellow Phoenecians:

Just moved out here 2 months ago from the East Coast (love it here!) My car wouldn't start this morning. Lights worked fine, A/C worked, etc. The ignition simply wouldn't start. Long story short, I got a jump from a neighbor and brought it to the local auto shop. Sure enough, the battery was zapped and I had to get a new battery installed.

The mechanic told me car battery life expectancies are only about 2 years out here because of the extreme heat. That seemed awfully low to me.

So, how often do you guys change your car batteries out here?!
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Kingman - Anaconda
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Some people get longer life out of there batteries, but the electrical load and heat is a killer for batteries.
Most manufactures don't put the high end batteries in there vehicles.
So a couple of years is about right.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Inside the 101
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About every 2 years or 30,000 miles. I think your mechanic was being pretty honest. I think I've gotten to 3 years occasionally.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Cave Creek, AZ USA
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Just came back from buying my new battery at AutoZone 15 min. ago. My BMW has 77k miles on it and is five years old. It's been here in AZ since Feb. Battery got a bad cell and died two days ago. My Porsche is 1996, has 64k miles on it, sits for weeks or months at a time and has been here since March. It still has the original factory battery and fires up like a champ every single time. My last BMW was a 1987 and the original factory battery died around 2001 at 240k miles. It exploded when I turned the key one morning, smelled awful.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Question for my fellow Phoenecians:

Just moved out here 2 months ago from the East Coast (love it here!) My car wouldn't start this morning. Lights worked fine, A/C worked, etc. The ignition simply wouldn't start. Long story short, I got a jump from a neighbor and brought it to the local auto shop. Sure enough, the battery was zapped and I had to get a new battery installed.

The mechanic told me car battery life expectancies are only about 2 years out here because of the extreme heat. That seemed awfully low to me.

So, how often do you guys change your car batteries out here?!
Sadly, bona . . . original equipment batteries don't last very long due to the heat although I feel 2 years may be a little harsh.

However, spending a few extra bucks for an Optima Battery has always paid off for me in the long haul.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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2 years is typical. There is a bright side to this. Buy a top of the line one or buy from Costco or Sams. When it conks out take it back and they give you a new one free. I haven't paid for a new battery in years.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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I just replaced the original battery 2 months ago on my 02 Ford Explorer and my wife's 04Buick Park Ave is still running strong on it's original battery.
On previous owned vehicles our batteries always ran 4-5 years long. I always buy top of the line from Auto Zone, and as Ponderosa mentioned, you practically get a free battery if theirs goes out before the warranty is up. Many, if not all, company's pro-rate the batteries after the 1st year.
You want to get one with high CCA's (Cold Cranking Amps). They have the most power and the longest lasting time. At least a minimum of 675 CCA will last you under normal conditions about 4-5 years.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Yep, mine did the same thing after about 8 months and it was failry new. I bought one this time that has a 3 year warranty and free jumps, the guy said that most people end up get a free replacement b/c it goes out before the 3rd year.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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I was getting a new one at PEP Boys about every year. I've heard mechanics say the heat is equally as bad as the severe cold on Batteries. They would add water to so called maintenance free batteries.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Kingman - Anaconda
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Just be careful buying the top of the line, generally you are buying the same less expensive battery but with a better warranty.

The new diehards from what I have been told are the AGM style batteries and made by Odyssey battery.
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