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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 08, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Junk batteries!!

Well, I have purchased my last department store battery. I went out to start my Camaro this morning and just got a couple of grunts from my battery purchased a few months ago.

I have it on the charger now and will get it going I know. I will do some research and find a battery that I want. The Optima line looks appealing to me and will also look good in the engine compartment. I will also purchase a battery tender for this and keep it on the car in the off months.

My car doesn't get winterized because I try to drive it year round. In the winter I just wait until the roads are clean and take it for a spin. My garage is also heated so it does not have to sit in extreme cold temps either.

I have just come to the conclusion to buy a good battery and be done with it.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 08, 10:44 AM
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Re: Junk batteries!!

Dan..
Been there and done that! I get Diehard batteries because they last longer than the warranty. The optima are also a good option. Letting anytrhing drain can change the life of a battery...like a modern radio that retains the pre-set stations.

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Re: Junk batteries!!

Possibly something is draining the battery down while the car is sitting? ie.. bad wire? short? etc.. When the battery is fully charged and you attach the battery cables, is there a small spark by any chance?
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like a modern radio that retains the pre-set stations.
Yeah been caught on that one myself
"department store battery." generally are not as well built or stored as higher end more expensive brands...But they do last a bit longer than a couple months..
So offten over the yrs have had people simily change a battery without checking the battery cells, the load , alternater and any current leak (modern radio)
Be it a crook battery , what ever tese checks should be carried out EVERYTIME a battery 'craps out'.....usully it has because something else is wrong or not quite right

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Re: Junk batteries!!

Whatever battery you choose, make a habit of disconnecting the negatve battery cable from battery, when not in use, to avoid any drains.
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I've had three of those damn DieHards develop a leak on the side terminals and seriously foul up my cables, subframe, and anything else the acid touches. And as luck would have it, even though the battery was a 72 month battery, DieHard doesn't warranty them beyond the vehicle manufacturers warranty.

I use an Optima and love it - in fact I have 3. Some folks have had bad luck with them. To me the mess prevention is worth the extra price. They have plenty of cranking amps, although they may be a bit more depressed in cold weather than a regular battery. I've never had a problem in the 4 years I've owned them.

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Re: Junk batteries!!

Thanks for all the ideas!!
When I got my Camaro, the guy that had owned it before me, put in a modern CD player (and cut the dash out to make it fit! ). It has all kinds of things that stay on and it also has a remote for it. I am sure that is what drains the battery. I do not notice a spark when I disconnect it but that's not saying it still has something running.

I have considered installing a quick connect type deal for my negative wire just for this reason. I have seen some nice looking sets that are brass looking in color and may be just what I need.

As for leaking, I have taken preventative measures just in case of a battery leak. The engine compartment had been painted with the dull black paint some time ago and looks ok. I also purchased a new aftermarket battery tray for it when I first got the car. When I put this last battery in I had a pint of POR15 and hand painted the tray top and bottom. I also painted the area under and around the battery with the POR15. I made sure I covered the sub frame, inner fender and the flat surface directly below the battery. You can see it because the POR15 dries real shiney but it doens't look bad. In fact, you have to lean in to look in order to see where I have used the POR15.



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