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Battery recommendations?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by AznGunner, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. Oct 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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    AznGunner

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    My 2009's battery seems to be dying. Clicking at start...then after charging for 45 min, I get it started only to get a slow crank after leaving from my destination. What is a good battery you all can recommend that will last longer than 2 yrs??
     
  2. Oct 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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    08pretaco

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  3. Oct 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    Im running a Optima RED 34R, high initial cost, but im happy. Ive left my lights on for hours (while night shooting) and it didnt even whimper.

    Warranties on batteries are great and all, but how often does it die on you, when you have free time and are at home? NEVER.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    TacoDawgfan

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    I've always liked Interstate myself. Have one in my step-daughters car, just had it replaced after 2 years with a 3 year warranty. Couldn't believe it went bad but they took care of us and replaced it at no cost and it comes with the 3 year warranty again. I was surprised as I figured they would only give the 1 year that was left, so I'm happy with them.
     
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    saugus

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    I just bought a Kirkland 625 cca to replace my toyota 575 cca. They have never failed me in the past and was only ~$70. I've left the radio blasting for hours while doing work on the truck and no issues.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM
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    Rusty99

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    I also like the Optima Red Top, Costco and Walmart have the best prices in my experience. They generally alot more expensive as they are a "Dry" Battery and have a much different technology than your traditional lead acid battery.

    In the end it depends on your budget. If Optima Red Tops are too pricey I've had very good luck with the Energizer brand from Walmart, great warranty also!!
     
  7. Oct 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    UMBCrew

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    I hate to tell you this but i would have the alternator checked it could be that it's just not charging the battery
     
  8. Oct 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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    UndefinedTaco

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    I have a Neverstart

    I can play the radio and leave my rocklights on for 3-4 hours and it'll start first crank over.

    My buddy was playing the radio(with a single 10" sub and 600w amp) in his 4runner..fell asleep...woke up 4 hours later and he still registered like 14V and it started right up.

    Neverstart ftmfw.
     
  9. Oct 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    KenLyns

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    The OEM battery should not die after only two years under "normal" use. Do you do a lot of short trips (under 15 min)? If so, the battery may not be getting fully charged within the trip, so it is slowly depleted. An Optima Yellow Top (deep-cycle variant of the Red Top) will give you greater margins.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM
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    He's in Texas... Heat kills batteries. I am guessing it is normal. I got 6 years out of mine, but our temperatures are much milder.
     
  11. Oct 1, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    yes. here in the heat you have to change wipers every six months, tires have a tendency to last less then a year if not driven on often, and batteries die :(
     
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  13. Oct 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    Read up on optima batteries they are not what they used to be and alot of people are very unhappy with the results of the extra $$$ they spent.
     
  14. Oct 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    personally like deka or interstate, no problems ever with either abd it seems like once you buy one, thats the last one for the caars life,
     
  15. Oct 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    For what it's worth, Optima Red Top is light at 32 lb. The equivalent size Odyssey/Die Hard Platinum is about 50 lb.
     
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    If you're still under warranty go back to the stealership and have them replace it. Mine wasn't putting out the amps it should have been.... replaced it at 28 months
     
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