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Lets talk batteries

Postby Shane Nelson » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:25 am

I always heard "warm weather is harder on batteries than cold weather". My own personal experience is I've had more battery problems in cold weather than hot. Our 1993 GMC Sonoma, the past couple weeks when it's been 7 or 9 degrees F in the mornings I've had to jump it off. Haven't had to jump it once since it got above 20F at night. Haven't had problems with it the past year and a half since I put a refurbished battery in it either. We have refurbished batteries in everything we own, even my wife's 2008 Yukon Denali, strapped the kids in 2 summers ago to go to the beach and got in to crank it and the battery was dead, went in our store and got a refurbished one for $35.99 and it's been in ever since. I was just wondering what others have experienced with batteries and them needing a jump or needing replacing.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Eugene » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:50 am

New battery warranty is only 1 year. Other than old battery age I haven't had a starting problem.

Replaced the battery in wife's Pontiac Torrent last summer. Pontiac's battery was of unknown age, was in the vehicle when purchased over 6 years ago.

Currently have a battery out of the skid steer, old, unknown age, doesn't appear to be good, will replace this spring. Owned the skid steer for 20 years. Don't recall when I replaced the battery.

Have 6 batteries on the basement bench on a battery maintainer. All appear to be good except for the skid steer battery.

Had good service out of the new, not rebuilt batteries. New, not rebuilt batteries, are probably cheaper in the long run.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:03 am

Most of my batteries seem to go bad when it gets cold. Usually last about 5-6 years in my trucks.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Denny Clayton » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:11 am

I bought my 2007 Dodge Ram Laramie w/Hemi new off the lot in August 2007. I replaced the battery in August 2017. I was pleased with 10 years. I had been carrying my jump box with me for the last 5 years. :surrender:
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Shane Nelson » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:19 am

Denny, I bet you won't find another one that last 10 years!
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Shane Nelson » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:26 am

I have 2 battery stories.
1-I had a 2002 Chevrolet with a Duramax (2 batteries in it), went to Bojangle's for lunch one day and pulled up to order food and turned truck off. Ordered food and truck wouldn't do anything, one of the batteries went bad and the other one wouldn't crank it. I had to get out and get the people behind me to move so I could push it out of the way. Called my boss and he came up and we jumped it off to get back to work, it almost wouldn't crank jumping it with that one bad battery in it. I should have disconnected it and used the other one and him jumping.
2-Dad had a Massey Ferguson 1085 and I borrowed it to bush hog the place I do now before we bought the Ford. I was getting along pretty good and went down this small incline and saw sparks shoot out on the right side in front of the floorboard. I stopped and got off to inspect and one of the batteries had broken the door off that held it in place under the floor board and it slid out against the fuel pump and shorted out, burnt a hole in the fuel pump where the pump rod went into the block and the oil was on fire coming out of it since it was still running. I kicked the battery back into position and started blowing cause I had no extinguisher. Luckily it went out, I went and got a bungee cord and some epoxy and patched the hole and held the battery back and finished the job. Dad traded that tractor last year and the fuel pump was still patched up going strong.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:16 pm

I used to work in an auto parts stores, and still have friends that do. what we saw was that in hot weather was that batteries that failed suddenly and completely was more common, and also the higher number of batteries. In cold weather we sold batteries because the engines were harder to turn over and the batteries were getting older and weaker. Also charging systems not up to snuff, and poorly tuned engines contributed. The poorly tuned engines and weak charging systems are not near as big an issue with modern vehicles with alternators and electronic fuel injection as they used to be. Of course our old tractors do not have electronic fuel injection and only a few have alternators. LOL.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby MiCarl » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:07 pm

I'm with John, and will expand:

Heat is hard on batteries, cold (so long as you don't freeze them) isn't. A battery has lower output cold and the engine is harder to crank - thats often when a tired battery makes itself known.

My daughter was visiting from out of town last weekend. They borrowed her in-laws' car because when they went to leave in the morning her battery wouldn't do the job. Since I have a Costo membership and they're about $45 less than the auto parts stores I took her there to get a battery. They were stripped bare. Lots of batteries out the door in this recent cold spell.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby twotone » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:06 pm

I bought a 2010 Silverado new. Still has the original battery. I've been thinking about replacing it before it strands me.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Eugene » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:14 pm

I take car batteries that are to weak to crank over the engine and install them in my Cub Cadets. They will last a few more years in the Cub Cadets.
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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:34 am

Useful discussion. Look at the last post.
https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12250.0

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Re: Lets talk batteries

Postby Mike H » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:20 am

up here we run dual batterys on the trucks in the winter
100+ amp alternator helps too

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