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Old 06-11-2018, 02:17 PM
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Hey Guys -

Car battery has been going dead a lot recently. Not sure if something is draining it more than usual, but I'm probably going to need a new battery at some point, which is unfortunate since it's only a year old.

Did a lot of reading on battery recommendations on here, but curious if there are any new recommendations as of 2018. Lots of the suggestions folks have made were from 5+ years ago. And some of the recommended noes are no longer available.

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Old 06-11-2018, 02:54 PM
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Unless your racing and need really light weight, a battery is a battery is a battery. It's 12 volts and a minimum of 750 CCA's
Buy from a national retailer. Then if you have a failure, you can get a replacement anywhere, anytime.

Specialty batteries mean specialty stores operating on specialty hours charging specialty prices.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:56 PM
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I bought the Walmart battery that folks have recommended here from time to time. No issues. 5 year warranty.
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:00 PM
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You can get the bosch platinum agm replacement from pep boys online with 5 year replacement for like 165

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Here is the research from my purchase late last year. I ended up with the Walmart battery although the Bosch was my first choice, however it was unavailable at the time. The Walmart unit was less expensive and ~4 lbs less weight than the Bosch, so perhaps it was a tie for value/benefits:

1/ Walmart EverStart Maxx MAXX-H7 (replaced EverStart MAXX 94R)
Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H7
790cca, reserve min = 130
$149.76
https://www.walmart.com/ip/EverStart...ze-H7/20531542

2/ Bosch Premium Battery
Part #: 49-850BAGM
850cca/1020ca, reserve min = 160
$188.89
https://www.pepboys.com/product/deta...03.8L%2520DOHC

3/ Interstate Mega-Tron Plus
Product ID: MTP-H7(Automotive Truck)
790cca
$199.95
https://www.interstatebatteries.com/products/mtp-94r-h7

Post-install system re-set as per another thread:
"BREAK-IN: As others have noted - after replacement: reset clock, press accelerator fully to the floor and release a few times, roll windows completely down and up. Indicated PSM and PASM faults cleared as soon as I hit like 5 mph.

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Old 06-11-2018, 04:27 PM
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I get my H7 battery from Walmart. Just check the date sticker to ensure that it is not too old. You want it to be less than 6 months old. Less than 3 months old is better. I also charge my battery with a regular car battery charger ( not a maintainer/trickle charger) before installing. This took about 20 minutes at 2 amps for the last one I purchased. It was only 2 months old when I purchased it.
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Had lots of issues with Porsche batteries, none with Interstate Mega-Tron Plus H8
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Thanks all!

Just bought the bosch platinum agm online. Will see how it goes.
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I got a bosh AGM from pep boys, went dead because of my bad alternator (other car) Pep boys replaced it without question-no charge.
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Nice, you'll like it. A bit late but another vote for the Bosch from Pep Boys. Just don't allow the AGM batteries to reach a discharged state. They're not as forgiving from a resuscitation perspective as the standard lead-acid type. I had the front-end module flake out on me (excessive draw) and it absolutely killed the AGM over 4 days sitting in garage.
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I use the Optima red top in my cars. I believe they're coming out with a yellow top in our size too, which is a hybrid between the deep cycle blue top and the starting red top. That's what I'll go to if I ever need to replace it, but I'm at 6 years on one, and 5 years on the other with no signs of diminished performance. Slightly smaller size so you need to modify the mounting, but I wanted smaller initially because it allowed me to mount the control box and compressor for my noselift system in that vacated space and cover everything with the stock beauty panels.


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Originally Posted by david View Post
Here is the research from my purchase late last year. I ended up with the Walmart battery although the Bosch was my first choice, however it was unavailable at the time. The Walmart unit was less expensive and ~4 lbs less weight than the Bosch, so perhaps it was a tie for value/benefits:

1/ Walmart EverStart Maxx MAXX-H7 (replaced EverStart MAXX 94R)
Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H7
790cca, reserve min = 130
$149.76
https://www.walmart.com/ip/EverStart...ze-H7/20531542

2/ Bosch Premium Battery
Part #: 49-850BAGM
850cca/1020ca, reserve min = 160
$188.89
https://www.pepboys.com/product/deta...03.8L%2520DOHC

3/ Interstate Mega-Tron Plus
Product ID: MTP-H7(Automotive Truck)
640cca
$199.95
https://www.interstatebatteries.com/products/mtp-94r-h7

Post-install system re-set as per another thread:
"BREAK-IN: As others have noted - after replacement: reset clock, press accelerator fully to the floor and release a few times, roll windows completely down and up. Indicated PSM and PASM faults cleared as soon as I hit like 5 mph.
Looking at the Interstate site it indicates it is actually 790CCA not 640CCA.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:07 PM
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I've bought Interstate and Duracell (from Sam's club) and honestly have not noticed any differences between the two on any of the cars.
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Originally Posted by csmab View Post
Looking at the Interstate site it indicates it is actually 790CCA not 640CCA.
Thanks for catching the error, Craig!
I edited the original post...
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:43 PM
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We do get a luxury some people dont have, and thats a cover to cover it.

My car has an autozone battery in it from the previous owner, and if it was visible I'd have replaced it already
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