I attended classes at The University of Alabama while in the womb.
I care nothing about football so I'm considered an evil heretic in
my home country of Alabamastan. If football vanished today, the
only thing about it that would bother me would be having to listen
to all the grown men whining, bitching and complaining that they
now have to pay attention to their wives and girlfriends. 8-)
103f, 12% RH today. That means it's "humid as Hell" outside,
compared to most days here in Las Vegas. <Grin> You don't sweat
on days like this. It evaporates too quickly. Instead, you soon
find yourself coated with a sand-like grit. . . salts from your
evaporated perspiration. Lick your lips and they're salty.
Nonny. . . but it's a 'dry' heat, as we say.
Same in Houston. We didn't build the first air-conditioned sports stadium to
Admittedly, we're not as bad off as, say, New Orleans, but then folks in New
Orleans don't know any better. Heck, many of them came to Houston after
Katrina and found out how the rest of the world lives. ("Whach you mean,
officer, I can't be moseying thru my 'hood with a toke and a malt?")
We had to add a/c unit for the house here 3 years ago. Summer temp.
however short duration is becoming uncomfy for a month or so. Temp. of
30C was very rare in the past but it is becoming common occurence
lately. Even today I am watching Stampede parade in the house with a/c
running. I notice not many bands from down South are taking part this
year. Maybe due to sluggish economy?
I bought a 1984 Buick, used, in 1991. About six years later, it needed a new
battery -- turned out the AC-Delco battery I removed was the *original*,
manufactured in November 1983 or something like that.
Battery life is largely dependent on high temperatures in your area,
the hotter the shorter their life
my family in phoenix reports 3 years or less.
some vehicles today put the battery in the trunk to keep them away
from high underhood temperatures.... long wiire length may be a issue.
personally I prefer to replace mine no mre than every 3 or 4 years
tops, with die hard gold battery that has about double the life
I USED to buy a lot of alternators, since I went to replace before
failure althernator replacement is a rare event.
There is no set number of years a battery lasts. Too many variables.
You'll get many different opinions however. Mine would be that your
average quality battery SHOULD last you 5 years. If you would rather
be safe than sorry replace it every 5. The battery in my Chevy Trail
Blazer lasted 4 years but there was a recall on them. Chevy would pay
for the battery but you had to pay the 1 hour minimum labor charge or
90 bucks at the dealer. I said F that, went to Autozone and bought one
if their batteries. It lasted 1 year. They checked the charging
system, passed with flying colors, replaced the battery free of
charge. Well that battery lasted 1 year too. Trip back to Autozone,
re-test the charging system, passed with flying colors, replaced the
battery free of charge. This was a year ago and so far this one is
holding up. It does have poor performance when its cold. When its in
the single digits I put a floater charge on it overnight.
The Autozone in my 96 Honda Accord is around 9 or 10 years old now.
Still going strong. The 300 cranking amp battery in my John Deere
tractor is 10.5 years old and just now this year needs replacing.
So there really is no pattern in the longevity of lead-acid batteries.
Well at least none that I can discern other than not deep cycling
the charge unless you have a deep cycle battery like those made for
marine products. And not over or under charging but those are both
They are both living on borrowed time, especially the 9 year old.
Five years is about the life you can expect to get reliable service
from an automotive battery. Anything beyond that you un the risk of
being stranded in the worst place at the worst time.
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