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OEM battery went to 5 years 8 months

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Gutt Pile, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. Jul 22, 2021 at 1:40 PM
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    Mrtacoman88

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  2. Jul 22, 2021 at 4:44 PM
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    Not sure why some of you have such short battery life as a battery that matches or exceeds power requirements specified by the vehicle's manufacturer, vehicle's charging/starting system has been and is in good condition, installed in a vehicle used/stored in a moderate climate should last 5-6 years.

    Not a bad idea to start looking to replace at 5 years old.

    I base this opinion on my owning/operating a chain of auto parts stores over 16 years and buying/selling/warranting literally thousands of batteries over the years.
     
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  3. Jul 22, 2021 at 7:58 PM
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    i did not post as shown .............

    three separate posts have been combined

    i do NOT know how to combine 3 separate posts
     
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  4. Jul 23, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    came here looking for replacement info today. 2016, bought in feb of same, just had a realllly slow start today. 5.5 years, Im ok with that. Now... what can I get near Flagstaff, AZ?? having to shop remotely from SW Utah, because the Husband has my truck at Grand Canyon....
     
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  5. Jul 23, 2021 at 9:54 AM
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    Walmart.
     
  6. Jul 23, 2021 at 10:01 AM
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    Great prices, but thats the last place on earth I try to shop at.
     
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  7. Jul 23, 2021 at 10:07 AM
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    Fair enough. AutoZone.

    Really the only difference you are going to find is the label, there are only 3 manufacturers in the US, and most batteries come from 2 of them. I mainly try to get one from a place that has locations everywhere in case I need to do an exchange.
     
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  8. Jul 23, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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    I have a 2016 Tacoma TRD OR Model (which I got in December of 2015 - 108,000 miles on the truck), I have a 8000lb winch (I use weekly), I use the battery on the truck to start my backhoe and jump an old farm truck regularly. I do test the battery annually and until about a month ago all the cells tested out fine...It looks like I will need to replace the battery before the winter, but everything works perfect...That's almost 6 years on the a single OEM battery...Now that's a great investment...
     
  9. Jul 25, 2021 at 8:56 AM
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    Went w an interstate. Just based on the sound of the starter on the new battery. The old one must have been on its way out for a while.
     
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  10. Jul 25, 2021 at 9:55 AM
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    Walmart factor to consider: They are EVERYWHERE and 7 days a week (I'd bet 24/7 will be back soon enough). You can easily get a warrantied replacement and they have a very high turnover (Fresh stock). Someone not inclined to do their own work, might want to consider this. A close 2nd to this is probably COSTCO or NAPA.

    i.e my daughter moved 1/2 way across the country, she could, but unlikely she would change her own; I chose to swap the 2yr old no-name battery for a fresh NAPA gold. If needed I think she can get a replacement pretty easy and I would bet the store would do the easy swap for her.
     
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  11. Jul 27, 2021 at 12:13 PM
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    I've never had a battery last longer than about 2 years in Arizona. The heat just kills it. My OEM battery is close to 3.5 years, and its making me nervous. Seriously. I may replace it soon with OEM because I just can't believe it's lasted this long I've got a road trip coming up to some remote places. Don't want to get stuck with the family. Of course I was always replacing with AutoZone in the past so maybe that's the problem.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2021 at 1:48 PM
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    Thus the part in my post where I say "in a moderate climate should last 5-6 years".
     
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  13. Jul 31, 2021 at 2:15 PM
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  14. Jul 31, 2021 at 2:49 PM
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    Long slow draw plus heat kills batteries! An occasional quality time with a trickle charger and definitely put it on a trickle charger if it will be sitting 1 week+. Batteries in my region can be expected to last 7 years on a daily driver, any more and you are on borrowed time. My daily drivers have been lasting 7-8 years... knock on wood!
    BTW my Solstice needs to have supplemental power when the battery is out (I use a lawn mower battery to feed it) or weird shit happens. Just a warning, some vehicles have unique needs. Or maybe it’s just because it’s a GM!
     
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  15. Jul 31, 2021 at 3:04 PM
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    Move to Phoenix AZ, Luck if you get 2 years..... The Sun Kills them
     
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    That’s about what the battery life map says.
     
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    Does heat kill batteries because it boils the electrolyte inside?

    Can this be corrected (or at least mitigated) with regular battery maintenance?

    Specifically buying a $1.99 gallon of distilled water and adding it to the battery cells to bring up the level on a regular basis?

    That is what I’ve been doing with forklift batteries for 25 years and it seems to keep them healthy.

    I feel like this used to be a part of regular maintenance but someone, somewhere, decided that hundreds of dollars in new battery sales, along with a terrific savings in distilled water, was a good business decision.
     
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    I get about 5 years on walmart brand batteries. Everything else I've ran 2-3 years.
     
  20. Jul 31, 2021 at 5:16 PM
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    Here is the deal there are 4 flooded acid battery manufactures in the US they are many battery names but only 4 companies making them so who knows where they came from by name, Johnson Controls happens make the batteries for Walmart by the way.
     
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