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Posted: 11/27/18 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Powerstroke in my Ford ran on the same batteries for 7 years before they started getting weak. The TDI in my VW ran on the same battery for 12 years before needing replacement. In both I used a trickle solar panel when they were parked but my current Cummins Ram batteries are maintained by my camper solar setup.


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Posted: 11/27/18 03:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't arbitrarily replace them without first load testing them. I got 23 months on two Motorcraft batteries and they crapped out; guess the FL heat is tough on them, or MC batteries are ****. Dealership replaced them no questions asked as they were warranted for 24 months.


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I wouldn't arbitrarily replace them without first load testing them. I got 23 months on two Motorcraft batteries and they crapped out; guess the FL heat is tough on them, or MC batteries are ****. Dealership replaced them no questions asked as they were warranted for 24 months.

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2015 3500 CTD with 52k miles no problem with the batteries, so far. Probably just jinxed it.

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Larry-D wrote:

2015 3500 CTD with 52k miles no problem with the batteries, so far. Probably just jinxed it.


Mine acted very strange when the batteries were older. When cold, I would get a rythmic discharge cycling on my V meter about 5 times as fast as the grid heaters. You could see the lights dim and brighten very quickly (it was NOT the GH's). It didn't seem to hurt anything but I eventually replaced the batts and the symptom quit immediately.


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I got seven years out of my original batteries and the same on the 01 Dodge it replaced, so I decided to replace them with OEM batteries.


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Posted: 11/27/18 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also have a 2015 Ram and just replaced the batteries at 3 1/2 years. I had been noticing starts were a little draggy. First cold morning (40 deg), I was dead, so replaced them. That said, I only have a short drive to work of about 5 miles each ways so they probably don't get fully charged as well as they should. My last truck was a 2004 Duramax. I only got 3 or so years with these batteries as well.


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Posted: 11/27/18 05:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The important thing that IdaD stated in his original post was replacing BATTERIES (Plural)! This is one time a diesel cost more in maintenance than a gasser.


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Posted: 11/27/18 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Still have original batteries in mine. Our climate is a little bit warmer than yours!
Also have 2 original tires although they should be replaced.


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I must be lucky! My 06 Duramax still has original batteries.

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