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6 Years to the Day

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Paul455, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. Paul455

    Paul455 NES Member

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    Went out to the garage this afternoon to get my 2013 Tundra for a dump run.

    Put the key in, and zero juice anywhere.

    Opened the hood, and there was an oily substance oozing from the battery.

    Bought the truck on 7/28/2013, and I have not had any issues with it.

    Picked up a new battery, cleaned everything up, and installed it.

    The O.E. battery is big and heavy.

    The only good news is that the truck did not leave me stranded.:cool:
     
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  2. drgrant

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    If that's the original battery you cheated death pretty handily.... [rofl]
     
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  3. Paul455

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    It was the original.

    Had a 1999 F150 that had the battery last 12 years.
     
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    Just like spinny hard drives. 3-5 year life span.

    We bought our 2011 tundra with the original battery and I told them to either take $200 off or put a new one in.

    I think I would go 2 battery on any car or truck I build. Or always carry around on of those cap based jump boxes. They do really well.
     
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  5. greencobra

    greencobra NES Member

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    yep, and the original battery was still in my '03 ram when i traded it in '13. it's hit or miss i think with batteries. the truck i traded the ram for, '13 super duty, had the battery die at 4.5 years.
     
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  6. massgun

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    I bought a new battery for my 2010 4 Runner last August because I was concerned it might strand me, (I don't ever remember getting 8+ years out of a battery ever). It's still good and is now providing the power to start my generator (I check it regularly and throw a trickle charger on it when the voltage drops too low. It is a Panasonic and is evidently not available in the U.S., the replacement is from the dealer and think it has a 6 or 7 year warranty, we shall see.
     
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  7. GiveMeLiberty

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    Not a bad run...
     
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  8. Energizer

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    Still have the original Panasonic battery in my '06 4Runner. Lived its entire life here in MA and never been garaged.
     
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    Any more than 5yrs you’re running on borrowed time.

    Some cheap batteries that number slows to 3yrs.
     
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    I used to deal in aftermarket batteries. There are really only 3 manufacturers of car batteries. For some reason OE always go 6-8 years.
    Aftermarket best bets are interstate (Johnson controls) and exide. They rotate their stock.
    I don't know about the others.
    I have a walmart battery (jc), on year 4.
     
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    Six years is good, but not unbelievable up here.

    Heat kills the battery; they just wait for cold weather to actually die.
     
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  12. highlander

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    My mother got 12 yrs out the OEM battery in her Escort,when I saw the date on the battery I got her a new one she got 8 out of that replaced that one as well. Won't have to worry about the battery mom stopped driving 2 years ago she'll be 89 in Sept.
     
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    My original OEM battery in my 2012 Tacoma still going strong. Every few months I do check and add a little water to the cells and keep the top and terminals clean. Worked for years as mechanic and do agree anything over 4 or 5 years is good for commercial battery.
    I DO carry a set of jumper cables now :rolleyes:
     
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    I had a '76 chevy blazer I bought in college (1982). It had a partially rusted out battery holder (boy, did cars used to rust out in those days, in New England) One day I'm driving along and I hear 'thump' and the whole
    car goes dead. I manage to pull it over to the curb, and I see glowing red light reflecting off the pavement below the engine. After a while the glow stops, and being young and stupid I reach to open
    the hood latch, and just as I'm about to open the hood, the battery explodes, and a big 'whoosh' of sulfuric acid dumps out under the engine compartment.

    What had happened was the battery holder broke and the battery fell so it's positive terminal was touching the frame. The ground strap had melted from the high current. Presumably a lot of hydrogen was building up or something in the cells.
     
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    Had one in a used car that I got ten years out of and it was in there for at least a couple more before I took possession of it. It was an Interstate battery and the longest lasting lead acid battery I've ever had.

    Glad for you that it didn't happen out in the boonies.
     
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    Bought new Tundra and Sequoia in 2002.
    Replaced the Tundra battery in 2010 and sold the Sequoia in 2017 that’s still running with the original battery today.
     
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    Had one with a rusted out tray that the battery slid into the fan and got cut up pretty good. Leaking stuff everywhere and the fan was spreading it all around.
     
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    Battery manufacturers have mastered the art of having batteries dies within months of the warranty expiration.
     
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    Johnson Controls WMT batteries yes, I believe it. Everstart Maxx, every 5 years both cars need one. I don't mind.
    My best is ~15 years on a pair of Blue Optima's.

    My truck had a no start situation yesterday, but it was parked on a diagonal ledge, with steering not locked. charged, nothing. Dropped it in neutral, rolled it to flat ground, started right up. Wierd.
     
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    If it isn't a sealed battery then check the electrolyte level in the battery. If it is low enough and the ledge was steep enough. All the liquid could have been off to one side of the battery and not contacting the opposite pole. No conductivity=no go. It is the same as removing one of the cables. Or you could have a bad ground at the starter and the cable was just hanging in a position where it wasn't grounding. Then when you leveled the vehicle it got conductivity back and started.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, was there a VAT included in the price? I imagine the shipping wasn't cheap either. [rofl2]
     
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    As I'm told you know the answer to that, via your own experiences!! ;)
     
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    8 years with my original OEM battery and I was pissed when it died this Spring. My mechanic said I was lucky and this thread proves he was right. They don’t make ‘em like they used to.
     
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    I find the Walmart brand of yellow Max batteries to be a good quality battery. I believe the reason being is you always get a fresh one because Walmart sells so many of them. You buy it from an auto parts store you never know how long that things been sitting on the shelf. With Wal-mart you can pretty much guarantee the stock rotates out of there consistently. I’ve never had a trouble with their line of Max batteries.
     
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    Prayers sent...
     
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  27. Paul455

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    Went to get an inspection sticker, and the track failed.

    Need to drive 75 to 100 miles after a battery failure.

    Just another PIA
     
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    I have an original from 1998 in my F150. Literally had to jump it for the first time on Saturday.... Prob because it sat for 2 months...
     
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