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Old 10-09-06, 10:41 PM
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When should you replace your car battery?

Had my car for over 7 years and have not replaced the battery yet. Is there a recommended time?
For my old car I had to put some water in the battery to stop the cells from burning out. Haven't done that at all with this one.
Old 10-09-06, 10:49 PM
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7 years you are on borrowed time IMO

5 years is the safe limit

I have had batteries go longer, but it is not the normal. My motorcycle battery is going on 8 years.

My wife's car battery just hit 5 years old, I replaced it. I don't want that phone call at the absolute worst time saying that her car won't start this winter. The $50 is worth piece of mind to me on her car, on mine I don't care so much.
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i like to change the battery every 4 years.
Old 10-09-06, 11:22 PM
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My first battery lasted about 5.5 years. The second battery it still going though at 6 years
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Going on 6 years in one of my cars.
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about 5 years, especially in cold weather
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I change mine when the manufacturer's warranty says to. As a single woman who travels alone a lot, I'd rather spend $75 than be caught some dark night with a dead battery.
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From what I've seen, 5 years is the benchmark for a battery. That being said, my main car's battery is now just over 8 years old though I've had to charge it a couple of times.

By the way, Consumer Reports did a review of car batteries a few months ago. Stop by your library and check it out, it may help you if you decide to replace it before winter.
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When they introduced the new maintenence free battery it what made to run cooler it dosen't overheat, and the advance in electronics helps as well.

5 years is about average and usually the first cold snap is when most batteries show that they've had it.

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