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Old 11-20-2020, 12:42 PM   #1
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Batteries

I have noticed not very long ago that batteries today, do not last like they use to. If I remember right, my mach battery was over 8 years old in my 04 SY, before I swapped it out. The reason I say this, is because most of them that i'm dealing with now, they only seem to last 2 to 3 years on all my equipment. I really notice this in my John Deere equipment, tractor, mower, gator, etc. Even my wife 2018 Explorer Sport battery just got replaced and the new one from Ford came with a 3 year warranty. I just feel that something has happen to the quality of batteries. Is anyone else experiencing this or know the why this is happening.

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Old 11-20-2020, 01:38 PM   #2
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Re: Batteries

welcome to the new era - make it all cheap **** so you have to keep replacing it. Ive been through multiple motorcraft batteries under warranties in my 2012 F150, the first couple kept leaking around the positive terminal.

Traditional style batteries are down to 2 companies now and they keep making the lead thinner and thinner. As to why optima went down the toilet I dont know. These days I just buy the cheapest battery with 3 year free replacement because I know I'm going to get either a free or very cheap replacement.

Odyssey is making one hell of a tough battery, its significantly heavier vs comparable size but it's also significantly more $. If downtime isn't directly sucking money out of your wallet it's hard to justify

Back to my original point - I've even read articles about how things like an electric toothbrush are intentionally made with wire a tiny amount thinner than it should be so that every time you charge it the wiring degrades a little more. If it works out right (for the manufacturer), it'll fail just after the warranty and you get to buy a new one.
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Old 11-20-2020, 10:54 PM   #3
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welcome to the new era - make it all cheap **** so you have to keep replacing it. Ive been through multiple motorcraft batteries under warranties in my 2012 F150, the first couple kept leaking around the positive terminal.

Traditional style batteries are down to 2 companies now and they keep making the lead thinner and thinner. As to why optima went down the toilet I dont know. These days I just buy the cheapest battery with 3 year free replacement because I know I'm going to get either a free or very cheap replacement.

Odyssey is making one hell of a tough battery, its significantly heavier vs comparable size but it's also significantly more $. If downtime isn't directly sucking money out of your wallet it's hard to justify

Back to my original point - I've even read articles about how things like an electric toothbrush are intentionally made with wire a tiny amount thinner than it should be so that every time you charge it the wiring degrades a little more. If it works out right (for the manufacturer), it'll fail just after the warranty and you get to buy a new one.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:14 AM   #4
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Re: Batteries

Best I have been able to manage out of the Optima is @ 4 years but that is with a battery tender on it from @ year 2 on. I have been working from home since a year before covid, so the car will usually only get used on the weekend. So it may sit 5-6 days without any use, or minimal short-hops to the gym or grocery store.

With that said, I think the plan of going with a lower cost battery and a 3 year warranty is the best way. With our summer hear and humidity here in Houston batteries take a real beating anyway.

The odyssey batteries are interesting, but much more than even the optima...

Optima quality went south when the manufacturing went south as well. There are a few articles out there that discuss that..
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Old 11-21-2020, 01:29 PM   #5
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Re: Batteries

Well i'm glad i'm not the only one that has notice this, wanted to make sure I was thinking correctly.
From what each of you said, it does sound like the cheaper/3 year ones are the way to go. I just hate that when I am about to go do something and it won't start, just frustrating really.

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Old 11-21-2020, 08:43 PM   #6
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Just get another Motorcraft. My stock battery last about 9 years and I replaced it with another Motorcraft and 9 years later it's still working. The only thing I know is the Optima's are junk.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:37 PM   #7
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Re: Batteries

Go with the Motorcraft battery and when not in use use a good quality battery tender. Should dramatically make the battery last longer 👍
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