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Lwiddis

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Posted: 01/15/20 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Yosemite Sam1 and replace every three years. Too much back in the boonies time.


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DR mower I bought in 1999 had a "LONG" brand sealed battery, I replaced it at the beginning of last Summer. Never removed or disconnected it. Not bad 20 years!


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The batteries installed in the trunk or inside the car last 2-3 times longer than the ones under the hood.


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Posted: 01/15/20 06:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The battery in our truck was still going strong when I replaced it at 9 years.

Since we boondock in the middle of nowhere, usually out of cell range, I didn't want to chance it any longer.


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Yosemite Sam1 wrote:



I maybe over-cautious because I don't want to find myself with the dead battery and stuck int he middle of nowhere in my truck, am I stretching it by reviving and extending it's life or is it already a sign of a soon-to-be-dead battery?

In my previous cars, it's always a replacement whenever my battery is showing and symptoms of being weak.


Given your self professed vast knowledge of vehicles with batteries, I’ll just presume this question is tongue in cheek?


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my 2004 duramax first battery lasted to 2015, replacement still in use
97 Mercedes E420 mfg in feb 96 needed a new battery in 2008, that replacement still going strong. battery is under the back seat which helps life
97 mercedes SL500 on it's second battery, battery is in the trunk.

now western oregon is probably a good place for long battery life. not to hot in the summer, not to cold in the winter. Although the duramax spent many days in northern idaho at temp between -20F and -40F

Todays batteries are much better than batteries of the 60's and 70's


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Pips you rained on my parade!

I thought I hit a jackpot with my battery going 12 years. And some went as far as 20 years!!!

Thanks for the added knowledge. I'll put my battery on stress test and if it fails, I'll definitely replace it before I go again on long trips this spring.

* This post was edited 01/17/20 05:29pm by Yosemite Sam1 *

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The Walmart battery in my truck is still going at 10 years old. Not going to try for 20.

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had 2003 dodge ram 3500 dualy original battery still in ewhen i sold it in2017

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I seem to get about seven years out of my truck batteries. The voltage may look good but a load test can tell a different story.


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