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Old 01-12-2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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How long do your car batteries last?

I finally had to replace the factory battery in my 98 F150. It was still working but getting a little puny on cold mornings. The original was made in Sept. of 97. The replacement battery is a NAPA Select rated a best value by Consumer Reports. Let's hope they do batteries better than they do investments.

DW's 92 ghetto glider is only on its second battery after almost 17 years. I think hers is a Diehard.

I didn't do anything special with either battery, just kept 'em clean.
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:05 AM   #2
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Cripe, I just had to put a new battery into my 2002 Jetta. And it isn't like I abuse the battery, unless starting the car at 30 below is abuse.
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I finally had to replace the factory battery in my 98 F150.
I had to replace the original battery in my 98' F150 about 6 months ago. Guess I must have gotten a lemon...
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Cripe, I just had to put a new battery into my 2002 Jetta. And it isn't like I abuse the battery, unless starting the car at 30 below is abuse.
Even saying "30 below" is abusive...
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Just replaced the battery in my Solara ,last time I replaced it was 2001 .Batteries do not seem to last long in Florida .
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Extreme heat and extreme cold shorten battery lives, as do cars with lots of electronics in them or that are run with a lot of stuff turned on all the time. Bad charging systems that under and overcharge a battery are also life shorteners.

Under normal temperate conditions and reasonable accessory use, a decent battery should go 8-10 years.

Here where it hits 110 plus in the summer, you might get 4-5 years from a battery.
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He in the DC area (mid-Atlantic) I usually get about 7 years from car batts.

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He in the DC area (mid-Atlantic) I usually get about 7 years from car batts.

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Shoot, you guys are doing great. I would average 4 years in very hot Texas. Not only was the heat a killer, but it would get so dry that the scorpions would suck the water (acid and all) right out of the battery.

Now that is THRIST.

OTOH, I do have a set of tires for the Vette that are 37 years old and still have ~80% tread on them.
Needless to day, they are only special occasion.
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Many cars come with an insulating blanket around the battery. This is to keep the battery from getting over heated by the engine heat, so if you replace the battery, keep this insulator intact. As Bunny sez, heat is a killer for batteries.
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:42 AM   #10
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I tend to get 5 years from batteries in my cars. It only gets down to freezing a few times a year, but gets in the 100s a LOT in the summer.
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I recently replaced the original battery in my 12 year old Honda. I frequently need to start the car in -30 temperatures. When it's colder than -20 (Centigrade) I plug the car in.
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When it's colder than -20 (Centigrade) I plug the car in.
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As I tend to keep my vehicles at least 10 years, I usually get a replacement battery that has a 48 or 60 month warranty. Not really sure if the extra cost is worth it, but I do not recall purchasing a new auto battery in a long time.
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If my battery lasts 48 months I replace it with a new one.
My last one only lasted 36 months, had to call AAA for a jump.

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I'm up in the 8-10 year group now. I seem to recall replacing them much more frequently 20 years ago, so wonder if the technology is improving.
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I recently replaced the original battery in my 12 year old Honda. I frequently need to start the car in -30 temperatures. When it's colder than -20 (Centigrade) I plug the car in.

I usually do not plug in unless it is about 10 below Fahrenheit, so it is about the same temp as when you plug in. I am impressed with your battery life.
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We bought two new vehicles in 2003, the Buick already needed a battery, but the car sat on a dealer's lot for a while and when the battery gets run down from the car being shuffled around that's bad for battery life. The GMC pickup truck I ordered and it was delivered a day or two after arriving at the dealer so I expect that one to last 8-10 years.

The lowest temps we get are usually maybe 5 F, high 100 in the summer. The cold doesn't hurt the battery, that just makes them inefficient. Heat is the killer.
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Anyplace where I need to plug in my car to keep it warm is too damn cold for me
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Heat and cold both shorten life, and letting the battery get below ~ 10 volts is very bad. Those power inverters normally shut off at <10.2 volts to avoid that. When the kids were too small to always get the doors slammed, and the dome lights would be on all night sometimes, I was going through batteries in 3 years.

Northern IL, some warm some cold, not as extreme as some places - 5 years is a good lifetime, I get nervous going 6 years. The oil change place I go to does a load test on the battery - that seems a pretty good predictor. I was going into the 7th winter, noticed it turned a bit slow, and their load test showed it to be pretty weak. They were out of stock, managed to get one at Walmart at a good price.

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Yeah, leaving those lights on really takes its toll. My 4 year old battery needed replacement after leaving them on overnight recently.
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