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battery replacement

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by mike9497, Jan 18, 2003.


looking to put a battery that would be good for plowing and daily driving.

Poll closed Jan 28, 2003.
  1. Die Hard

    6 vote(s)
  2. Motor Craft

    2 vote(s)
  3. AC Delco

    3 vote(s)
  4. Other please specify

    13 vote(s)
  1. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    well my battery fried today and was going out monday to get a new one wondering what you guys would recommend.i wanna spend under 130.its going in a 97 f250
  2. Grshppr

    Grshppr Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    Napa Auto Parts has great batteries, I've got a couple and they have worked well. I'm not sure if you have NAPA in the US though....

    SCFALL Member
    Messages: 47


    NAPA or Auto Value are good I would stay away from die hards and interstate lots of problems with them. Get the highest cca ( cold cranking amps) you can, I run 850 cca and 900 cca the plow and lights dont draw them down as fast GOOD LUCK Scott:drinkup:
  4. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Want a real battery? Go to your Caterpillar dealer, they have them available for most motor vehicles. Prices aren't far off from what you'll find elsewhere either.
    grshppr, you're kidding, right? Ever hear of Michael Waltrip? How about Ron Hornady?
  5. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    I've used many interstates, never had a problem.
  6. Mark Erpelding

    Mark Erpelding Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 34

    I sold to Napa Auto parts stores for 10 years. I had a few and big Napa stores that wouldn't even sell Napa batteries. Too many problems with them. They are made by Excide. They sold Deka batteries. I had a couple of Deka's and they lasted for over 5 years. I now buy my batteries from my local starter and alternator re-builder for $27.00 These are out of date (shelf life) new batteries. He buys them from the mfg. puts his lable on them and re-sells them. Batteries without activity sullfide(self destruct). For $27.00 I will take my chances, the shortest life I have experanced from these batteries is 2 years. Optima jell batteries are suppose to be killer. Just my 2 cents.

    Keep on Plowing
  7. bam

    bam Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 201

    run interstates in our fleet. never had any problems.

    mpt65 for the diesels and sp30 for mowers in the summer.
  8. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    I just put one in my truck from Keystone battery in winchester,MA and it works fine,And i got more cold cranking power fr less money, and i need 2 for my truck.
  9. fordman

    fordman Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    One of the batteries in my Dodge died on Friday. I'll be replacing it with an Optima battery. Already have one in the Bronco and love it. Best battery I've ever used. I think they're around $130 Cdn, so should be cheaper for you.
  10. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I've also had good luck with Deka They were all I bought until my vendor dropped the line.

    He picked up the Car Quest line, I'd stay away from these. I've been through three in a 2 month period on my mower. They've replaced them with no question, but who needs the down time?

    Interstate: I've had both good and bad luck with these. I had one last 5 years in my old Chevy, but had one fail in another truck. When I went to have it replaced, they said there was no warranty in commercial operations. I called the regional rep about this and explained if this was the case, I would no longer use their products. They wouldn't budge, so that was the last one I've had.

    Our Fire Department was using Cat batteries in the trucks with good results, so I started using them and have been happy with the service they give.
  11. Dockboy

    Dockboy Guest
    Messages: 0

    I second the vote for Deka. I have found no better battery for the money!! The is a little store "Batteryland" in my town that sells them. I use them in everything I own!!

    My Truck 2 950CCA
    Bobcat 1 1100CCA
    Whaler 1 800CCA
    Chris Craft 5 8D's
    SeaDoo's 2 Motorcyle Batt's

    The 8D's on my boat impress me the most! 3 of them run the "house" circuit and/or a 5 KW Inverter. They are run down to 50% capacity constantly. They usually last about 2 seasons. I've had other brands only last a couple months!!


    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    use to sell interstate had a run of bad ones changed to napa so far so good. only a few companies make all the batteries interstate doesnt make batteries johnson control makes their batteries. put a gell battery in my cj5 works great can be mounted anywhere even up side down and maint.free all other batteries need to have cell levels checked
    as part of maint.

  13. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    Used to use Interstate, now I use Optima Yellow top for the Truck, red top for the spreader and red top for the car.

  14. toalpi

    toalpi Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 10

    About 1 mounth ago I put in a Diehard (SUV, TRUCK AND VAN) Model. They claim it's more resitant to problems associated with vibrations and other harsh enviornments under the hoods of trucks. It replaced a 7 year old Diehard Gold. The GRP 65 is 875 cca. < $100 Three year FULL replacement warranty, prorated thereafter. Tony 1994 E-350 Quigley 4x4, no plow yet, still researching.
  15. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Toalpi, Welcome to Plowsite!. :drinkup:

    I saw an E-350 around here this fall with a Western plow frame mounted. Don't know if it was factory issue or modified.
  16. HerkFE

    HerkFE Member
    Messages: 92

    I have an Interstate and have had no problems. One feature I liked was that they had a greater reserve capacity than the others in the same class. From what I understand it's not all about cold crank amps with plowing, you want a battery that can sustain its output over time and that is reserve capacity.

    Just my thoughts.... :D
  17. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I sold Exide for 6 years and had nothing but problems.I have since switched to Interstate and have had only one problem in 7 years,and that was due to a battery tipping over in the back of a pickup,and losing all the acid.Interstate even warrantied it.

    I have a lot of customers who bought their own batteries from wal-mart,costco,sams club,etc and have ahd terrible luck.I would tend to believe they may be buying seconds,or old batteries at reduced cost and passing them on to the customers.
  18. Mr_Roboto

    Mr_Roboto Member
    Messages: 63

    I buy mine at Wally-world. Not the regular car batteries but the truck/RV batteries. About $60 apiece. I've had them in 3 trucks, a couple of cars, never had one go bad.

    Messages: 63

    We got into a discussion about this at work the other day and a few of the guys had just bought new batteries for their respective vehicles. I was curious as to how old the batteries were and they were both originals-one in a 95 Explorer, another was in a 94 Olds. Maybe just coincidence but thats pretty good battery life.When I replaced my Jeep battery the Jeep dealer only wanted around $15 more for an original replacement. I'm sure every one has there own preference-I just make sure to load test mine every year and check the battery life expectancy.(Have access to a machine at work)
  20. jakegypsum

    jakegypsum Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I have NAPA in just about all of my trucks. They have worked out well for me. I had one in a forklift for approx 3-1/2 years until it died. I went to my NAPA dealer to get a replacement. He looked at the old battery and prorated it to over half the cost of the new one. NAPA is fine in my book. Jake.