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battery question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by avid, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Jun 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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    avid

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    Newb here.
    I have an 07 access cab 4 cyl. with 42k miles on it. Most driving is less than 10 - 15 per trip. I live in Florida so temps are usually warm to hot.
    truck runs good, no start up problems but i wonder if it's time to change the battery or should it be ok till 50K.
    If replacement is recommended what battery is best.
    thanks
     
  2. Jun 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    jrider636

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    i replace batteries when they die...guess u could replace early to prevent a fail but theres battery stores everywhere. get ur monies worth out of it!
     
  3. Jun 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    shane100700

    shane100700 Look'n like a fool with your pants on the ground..

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    If you are that concerned about it, stop by an auto store and have them test it. My $$ says its perfectly fine, but you could periodically get it testest if you dont know how to do it yourself and you are worried about it.
     
  4. Jun 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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    Jerry Bear

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    Here in Texas, I found that a battery lasts about 3 - 4 years, so I replace mine every 3 years so I don't get stuck somewhere with a dead battery.

    Make sure that you buy from somewhere with a decent inventory of batteries so that you get the right size. I used to buy from Pep Boys. They didn't stock the right battery size for my car, so they would sell me a battery that wasn't the right size. It was either too big for the tray, so it sat a little off-level (bad for the battery), or it was smaller than it should be (less capacity).

    For your climate, you don't care about the CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) specification of the battery. Instead, maximize the RC (Reserve Capacity). CCA is maximized by using many thin plates inside the battery instead of fewer thicker plates. In a hot environment, those thin plates can warp and short together, killing the battery.

    I am not sure about how much warranty to buy. I've never seen any real difference in performance between the different warranty periods. I wonder if they are all the same battery with different labels.

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...tting-started/car-battery-getting-started.htm
     
  5. Jun 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    before you fire up your taco in the morning, test the voltage. Once your battery has a standing voltage of less than 12.2v it is time to change - especially if you have 42k and its a stock battery.
     
  6. Jun 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    hansonian

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    Mine lasted 25,000 miles before it died with no warning in the Florida heat. I generally wait until it starts showing some sign of being weak before I replace it. I bought the top of the line Autozone battery and it seems to do fine.
     
  7. Jun 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM
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    tacomathom

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    I would start looking for a new battery in your situation. I look for the exact same group/size battery, then I go for the longest free replacement period, then the lowest price.
     
  8. Jun 20, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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    I go by shelf life of 3-5 years or when it seems to be getting weak. Go top of the line and get a red or yellow top optima battery. Previously I've used die hard, but I'm not sure how reliable they are anymore.
     
  9. Jun 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM
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    Our batteries only last 3-5 years? Wow...I JUST replaced the stock battery on my '02 civic. It lasted me 9 years and it just turned 80k
     
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