On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 09:23:40 -0500, Gordon Shumway
15 years ago if a Toyota battery didn't make 7 years here in the
great white north, something was wrong. Don't know if they are still
as good or not.
If a Delco battery lasted 5 you were extremely lucky - again, no idea
if they have improved or??
The original battery in my PT Cruizer was replaced this winter - 8
years old and although it was a wee bit weak, the problem ended up
being a bad battery CABLE (high resistance caused low voltage to
starter) - replaced them both.
Original battery in the '96 Mystique was replaced in 1999 - the
replacement (motorcraft) is still going strong. (touch wood)
My runabout '98 Honda CRV still has original battery. Not even garaged
even in winter. Only thing I have done is topped up each cell with
distilled water few times and keep the battery top clean all the time.
I think batteries take more beating under HOT climate, like in Arizona.
mentioned this discussion to a friend tonight who just bought 2 new
car batteries at K mart. 2 die hards.
Anyhow he reports they have a chart at the battery display showing
average life expectncy of car batteries.
the southern states are the shortest, the longest in canada.
hot weather really is tough on batteries.
2 years in places like phoenix, 6 years in toronto canada
Batteries work by chemical reaction that is accelerated by heat and
slowed by cold.
If you are in a very cold place and your car won't turn over, you can
sometimes get going by bringing the battery inside the house for a few
hours and warming it up.
I go with that. What I have done when confronted with an unexpected flat
battery on a cold morning is to pour warm/ hottish water over it (being
careful not to link the two terminals) to make it excited enough to get me
going - with success on all occasions (to my recollection).
I've had the same experience, but I don't think it has to do with
heating the battery. I think it has more to do with opening a small path
of electricity so that the larger starter's electricity path can get
through. It's kinda like priming the battery. I know the above sounds
silly, but a lot of things that work sound silly on the face of it.
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All this time I figgered the NNTP servers would resolve the sig line
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