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Battery Replacement

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hiker29, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Jul 6, 2019 at 7:11 AM
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    hiker29

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    I replaced the original battery with "Toyota True Start" battery in 2013 in my 2007 Tacoma. It has seven-year warranty. I got 6 years and 30k miles out of it. I don't drive that much and I still do not have a slow start. It has a 12.3V reading when it is cold. I am planning a 2000-mile road trip. Thinking of replacing it. Any recommendations if I go with another brand? I also tow a small Casita trailer. Thanks!
     
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  2. Jul 6, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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  3. Jul 6, 2019 at 10:41 AM
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  4. Jul 6, 2019 at 10:46 AM
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    I believe in changing batteries every 5-6 years in mild climate, but yours sounds ok.

    If you do buy one, consider interstate simply due to warranty and availability, you can have one warrantied on a sunday at a parts store without an appointment.

    Personally I would suggest a personal lithium ion booster instead as a precaution, they are great fail safes on trips.
     
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  5. Jul 6, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    Iv been running a optima yellow top for about a year and most of my buddies Run optimas red/yellow with no complaints 96D864C8-0CCF-4786-9857-D46E63DC5E1E.jpg
     
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  6. Jul 6, 2019 at 11:53 AM
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    Normal voltage reading at the posts should be 12.6 volts. You may have a cell starting to go bad, or it could be normal if some electrical components were on when you took the reading. Minimal cranking voltage is generally over 11.2 volts, and about 9.6 volts when cranking. But, voltage is only part of a battery's health. A battery load test is more accurate in testing the battery's health. You can use a mechanical tester, like a Schumacher BT100, or an electronic one like a Topdon AB101. All that being said, considering your long trip, towing, and age of current battery, I'd replace it for peace of mind.

    I would also add or replace the OEM ATF cooler with a larger one, but that's for another thread.
     
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  7. Jul 6, 2019 at 1:52 PM
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    OP - you did well with that True Start. I went thru 4 of them in another Toyota before I threw in the towel - apparently there were bad batches back when this was going on.
    Shop warranty and availability. They are all made by a small group of companies.
    For every person who says they've done well with Brand A, there is one who had a different experience. Batteries are the luck of the draw.
     
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  8. Jul 14, 2019 at 2:47 AM
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    Costco went w 27 since it fills up the space better. 24 there alot of room around battery area
     

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