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When to replace the battery

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ProtoJ, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Jan 10, 2009 at 9:45 PM
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    ProtoJ

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    According to my scangauge, my battery voltage is 13.1. When should a battery be replaced?
     
  2. Jan 10, 2009 at 10:02 PM
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    humanoid

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    I replace the battery in all my vehicles every 4 years regardless of miles. Extreme heat and extreme cold play havoc on your battery. A couple of times the batteries I've had had died on me with no warning. Have peace of mind and change it out every 4 years.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2009 at 10:23 PM
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    mneuls

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    when your vehicle is running you should be around 14-14.6ish volts. when it is off you should be between twelve and 13 volts. if running voltage is low, it could be your alternator with a problem. 13.1 seems low for operating and a bit high for at rest, but unless your battery is going dead and everything is operating properly i wouldn't worry about it.

    there is no real "how long does this battery last" scale it all depends on how hot and cold your truck gets, how long your truck sits, how far you regularly drive. there are many factors. where I live batteries don't last too long. I've never seen more than a couple of winters with the same battery, I believe it was half cuz it gets down to -45 to 50deg. and mostly cuz i was running a 1600w stereo pulling around 85A from a 70A alternator on my pos civic. now i've got my truck though so i'll see. if a battery gets too drained it will freeze in the cold, then it is pretty much garbage.

    you could always use a battery load tester, you should be able to borrow one from any local mechanic, or auto parts store. it's easy to use, just disconnect your battery, fully charge it, then hook up the tester and it has an amp gauge that says good, bad etc...
     
  4. Jan 10, 2009 at 11:33 PM
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    Greenblazer

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    Many Auto Parts chain stores will do a load test on your battery for free. The tests Checker and Auto Zone do will tell you if you have a bad battery or a charging system problem.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2009 at 6:30 AM
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    It all depends.....

    I replace it when it actually dies (or comes close to it).

    But that's because I have a husband, cell phone, extra vehicle, and AAA. If I get stranded somewhere, it doesn't bother me. I make the necessary phone calls and/or get a 'jump' when needed. I carry jumper cables in all our vehicles.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2009 at 6:57 AM
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    Nada, Zip, Zilch, Nothing
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    Good point, Janster.

    Carry Jumper Cables with you. When your batt dies, let us know what voltage your SG said... :D
     
  7. Jan 11, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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    I see 13.6v all the time on my scanguage. I think its fine, if your not drawing much power, why should it charge much? When you start your truck in the morning it should be up around 14, but then it should drop unless your cranking on the tunes or something. I let my battery die before changing it. We've got batteries around that are 10-15 years old, batteries need maintenance just like anything else.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2009 at 10:14 AM
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    w8n4mud

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    If you're tight on money... replace it when it dies. If not, then follow the advise of the guys above. I personally don't worry about it until it needs it.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM
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    Joe B

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    My truck sits a lot.
    3.5-4 years and then I go with an Interstate.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM
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    After you start your truck and the battery charges back to capacity, you should be between 13.8v and 14.2v. This is the operating range your truck should be operating in. You either have a bad battery or there is a problem with the voltage regulator.
     
  11. Jan 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM
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    DeeKay21

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    I honestly just change mine when it dies like some of the other guys. Just laziness I guess!:cool:
     
  12. Jan 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM
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    ^Batteries cost money, I don't have a lot of money. Nothing to do with laziness, if it's not broke, don't fix it! Most auto parts stores will test your battery for free. If you want you can check the water level in it, make sure its not low.
     
  13. Jan 12, 2009 at 5:34 AM
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    I have to say, for a lot of people and under certain conditions, Triple A is a great organization. Always good in a pinch, either for a jump start or battery replacement.

    To be sure you can have your battery and system checked but I would not worry until the battery gets down into the 12's .
    You have to figure that some battery's get dropped or mishandled somewhere along the line. I watched a guy at Sear's take a battery off a rack and dropped it 3ft and brought it out to me, which I obviously refused, the battery was a deep cycle for my trolling motor. So he got another one , all of this goes to show you that things just happen.
    Jeff, 06,V6, SR5, 6spd, 4x4
     
  14. Jan 12, 2009 at 5:58 AM
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    Like the rest I just wait until it gives me trouble. I have a batter on a truck at the house that has been in there for 10yrs.
     
  15. Jan 12, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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  16. Jan 12, 2009 at 7:35 AM
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    mikeyramone

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    I agree with Humanoid. After 4 years you're taking chances. I'm a big believer of Murphy's Law. If I need to be somewhere important that's when the battery will die so I don't take the chance and I replace the battery before it dies.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2009 at 7:57 AM
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    It's funny.... but a long time ago when I owned a Mazda Protege, I'd take it to the dealer for service because I didn't have a house/tools at the time.

    For 3 straight years - the dealership kept telling me the battery needed changed. Everytime I'd get an oil change, they'd tell me the same thing. And everytime, I'd tell them, "NO, I don't want you to change it!"

    One winter, I decided to change it. I just thought I'd change it before luck kicks me in the ass.

    Amazing.....how much money the dealerships must be raking in from telling people their batteries need changed. My Gawd, I got 3 years out of it and it still didn't leave me sit!
     
  18. Jan 12, 2009 at 8:03 AM
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    After ~5 years, at the first sign of trouble, I change the battery.

    If your battery gets weak and your alternator works overtime to keep the charge up, it can wear out as well. Then your looking at $200 or more.
     
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