I was in the battery field for 38 years and though I retired a few years
back still remember a little bit about it.
When I got hired, the company I worked for stressed education. After a
few buys outs, they just hired kids who were nothing more than parts
changers and did not even know the basics.
You would think it would be stored in memory without needing a battery.
Some cars adapt to the way you drive and store somethings in memory. When
you disconnect the battery it looses this memory and the engine runs sort of
rough for a while.
Then again, with the experiances I have had in industrial electronics, even
the very high dollar computer systems will have a glich in them, have to
have the power cut off and back on to reset them. Some would loose all
their memory and have to be reprogrammed. For others it was like a computer
reboot and starting from a known point in the programming.
We had two pieces of equipment that anytime something went wrong, the first
thing todo was to cut the power ,count to 10 and turn th epower back on.
This fixec the problem in many cases.
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Back many decades ago when I was a teenager I was working on the battery
under the front seat of my car (37 or 40-something Plymouth probably) and
the wrench I was using on a battery terminal touched my class ring and
the ring touched the car body. I wanked off that ring and threw it! Never
did find it.
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You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Maintenance Free batteries were a very stupid idea. But for the battery
companies it meant they sold more batteries because those which were
still usable were being tossed. Just another example of waste in our
throw away society. I suppose enough people complained, forcing them to
go back to the RIGHT WAY!!!!
I've hauled more than one load of junk batteries to the recyclers. From
watching the skids go by as they loaded the truck, every brand was
represented. The only differentiation was golf cart batteries. They're worth
a little more so they were handled separately.
On Friday, December 19, 2014 5:38:46 AM UTC-7, CRNG wrote:
I think it's because Johnson Controls dominates the market more than
before, and JC has long favored low-maintenance batteries over
maintenance-free. 10-20 years ago it seemed their only maintenance-
free brand was Eveready, but apparently all their current batteries are
maintenance-free, according to the person who answered the phone at the
number listed on my Walmart battery, who worked for JC, not Walmart.
On Monday, December 22, 2014 5:11:11 PM UTC-5, Tekkie® wrote:
not interstate! I bought one from a auto parts store, occasionally it would
start the car:( it would be dead, but by the time I got it to the auto pa
rts store it tested fine....
finally just replaced the battery one day, it was just a few months old
sat it in my garage and forgot about it.
enter a old friend who saw and asked about it. sure take it.
he cut it apart and found a plate that would apparently short occasionally.
sent a letter to interstate, never heard back from them.
thats the only brand new battery that ever failed.
Well, I've been buying and selling batteries since 1969 for myself
and customers (25 years in the automotive service business) and the
only Interstate batteries I've ever used were the Megatrons - and I've
never had a problem.
The only batteries I ever had significant problems with were the
early AC Delco Freedom batteries and the lifetime warranted Canadian
Tire batteries (had 3 fail within a 5 year period) Used to sell a lot
of Exide batteries way back, and a lot of private branded Crowns.
Other than the Megatrons I have not bought any automotive batteries
over the last 15 years or so.The last 3 megatrons went with the
vehicles they were installed in when I sold them at about 8 years of
age (the batteries, not the vehicles). Actually, 2 were 8 or more
years old, the third was about 4 years old.. My brother's shop carried
the Interstates so when I needed batteries I bought from him. Since
he's moved out of town I'll likely go back to the private branded
Crowns from the distributor I buy my UPS batteried from.(where I
bought most of my batteries when I was in "the business" siince 1968)
On Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:23:14 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Several years ago I had two of them, bought almost at the same time
from Costco. They both died on the same day at just at one year of
age. I don't think CostCo carried them for more then one contract
cycle. I used to see them on people's return carts all the time.
Do you have any experience with WalMart batteries? I needed a battery
for my PT a couple weeks ago on a Sunday and the only place I could
find a battery that fit was a Walmart. 24 month "Free" replacement
period. The car is five years old and I just put the third battery in
it. (Original, then another OEM under warranty at 2 years, now the
Third in five years? I've not had an OEM go that fast in ages. I've
bought batteries from WalMart and they work as well as any other. I
bought a few for the fork trucks at work as well as a pickup and a car.
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