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Old 01-13-2013, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a new SSR owner (less than 3 months) and unfortunately I need a new battery.

Any recommendations as to which brand is good (Delco==GM dealer) and which brands to stay away from? Is Wal-Mart okay??
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I am sure there are a lot of opinions on batteries. I just go to my local auto parts store and pickup whatever they happen to have that fits. I have never had any problems.
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I'm a new SSR owner (less than 3 months) and unfortunately I need a new battery.

Any recommendations as to which brand is good (Delco==GM dealer) and which brands to stay away from? Is Wal-Mart okay??
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I purchase mine from any Major Chain Store, that is located in every City across the USA. Sears, Pep Boys, Wall Mart.
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We've owned our R so long we are on our second Optima. If you go to the major automotive shops they will have the freshest supply. Make sure you look at the date on the battery you choose.
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We've owned our R so long we are on our second Optima. If you go to the major automotive shops they will have the freshest supply. Make sure you look at the date on the battery you choose.
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Good advice on checking the date of manufacture.

I appreciate that one.
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Sam's Club usually has great prices on Optimas . . . my favorite.

While you're at it you may want to invest in a Battery Tender Plus.

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Although I can't supply their research results, I do know that I found a review of car batteries in the latest Consumer Reports yearly paperback book. When it's time for Ilsa to get a new spark, that's the first place that I will look.
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While you're at it you may want to invest in a Battery Tender Plus.
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Another good bit of advice---My R won't be seeing many miles so I WILL get a Battery Tender.
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I like the original equipment. My current battery has been in there about 8 years, no issues yet. They cost a little more, but not that much. I replaced the one in my first SSR after 5 years, but it wasn't bad, just didn't want to get stranded. We will see he long this one goes, maybe will change if I'm planning a long trip.
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With the battery positioned so far from the hot engine compartment, the tend to last longer than they do in a car.
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I like the original equipment. My current battery has been in there about 8 years, no issues yet. They cost a little more, but not that much. I replaced the one in my first SSR after 5 years, but it wasn't bad, just didn't want to get stranded. We will see he long this one goes, maybe will change if I'm planning a long trip.
Remember that your ignition has to see 9 volts to work properly. Doesn't take much age to lose 3 volts.

Trust me, I know, I am 3 volts down myself and not everything is working properly.

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I run an Odyssey PC1500 in our truck. The Odyssey batteries are supposedly better having lower discharge rates. Our truck seems to have quite a bit of phantom current draws when sitting (ECM, remote receiver, radio, etc.). Nature of the beast with newer vehicles. Plus we have added extra electronics that add to the key-off drain. The Odyssey has worked well for us since our truck sits for long periods as well in storage with no power available. Diehard Platinum offers the same battery for a lot cheaper than the Odyssey. One item of note is that this particular battery does not fit well in the battery box that comes with Mike's spare tire kit. It has to be modified by shaving the side moldings on the battery and use a bottom spacer. It works fine in the factory battery box. Whichever way you go with your battery choice, you should install a charger quick connect kit on the battery to easily hook up a charger. I have the plug for the quick connect with weather cap tie wrapped to the rear fender rear brace.
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With the battery positioned so far from the hot engine compartment, the tend to last longer than they do in a car.
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And thanks to river_rat, Dicktater, DOOPHUS, turnheadz and all of you for ALL of the helpful suggestions.

Just goes to demonstrate the value of this forum.
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Remember that your ignition has to see 9 volts to work properly. Doesn't take much age to lose 3 volts.

Trust me, I know, I am 3 volts down myself and not everything is working properly.

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I like the original equipment. My current battery has been in there about 8 years, no issues yet. They cost a little more, but not that much. I replaced the one in my first SSR after 5 years, but it wasn't bad, just didn't want to get stranded. We will see he long this one goes, maybe will change if I'm planning a long trip.
I agree...........I put another AC Delco in mine 2 yrs. ago, there hard to beat.
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Autozone stocks the A/D Delco (Gold) that is identical to the OEM. I like the Optima's as well, but the packaging is more "sales" than performance. Their performance is fine by all accounts, but there's not an actual gain associated with making a "funny" looking battery case as a salesman might have you believe. For some reason, that puts me off of them.
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Till now, I have been using Interstate for my battery needs and haven't had any issues. Now that I have little Biggie, Looks like I will be going with AC Delco once the need arises. For no reason other than keeping her feeling good and well dressed. Not
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