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Some batteries in this thread have died!! (Optima = junk)

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Will probably just replace it with a good quality battery like optima.
LOL, thought most people hated on optima these days.

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I've had to purchase 2 batteries through the dealership since purchasing my 2007 Tundra in 2008. My truck has had to sit for 6 months at a time, twice during my deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The dealership checks the battery during routine oil changes. I go through the dealership for a new battery based on what they recommend.

I moved to North Dakota and a guy who is from here told me I would need a special battery and all this other crap. Well, the dealership recommended I swap out my battery before leaving California for North Dakota because of what the battery was reading voltage wise. My truck started right up without hesitation even in negative temperatures. The dealership batteries work just fine. I deployed for a few months and after I returned, she started right up after sitting in the garage while I was gone.

The stock battery was replaced in 2012. The new battery from 2012 was swapped out in 2016.

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All cheep azzes like me will be happy to hear this: There are actually only two battery manufacturers remaining in the USA...Johnson Controls and another I can't remember.

There may be some minor specification differences between batteries, but with only two manufacturers they are all basically the same. I found this out during an agonizing research to replace the battery in my wife's car. Your best friend in buying ANYTHING these days is the online review, and I only buy 4+ stars. The surprising find for me was the batteries people ranked highest for value were unlikely candidates: Walmart, Kirkland (Costco), and I think AutoZone. They are all made by Johnson Controls. EverStart (Walmart) was the cheapest, and I have one on my old infrequently used 4Runner with a 2010 date sticker. Why spend twice as much for the same battery because it has a once-great brand on it?
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Damn didn't know that about Optima. In the past all the ones I had was just fine but they were for Trans Am's and Muscle cars not a truck. Maybe they was different or ...I just got lucky.
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Damn didn't know that about Optima. In the past all the ones I had was just fine but they were for Trans Am's and Muscle cars not a truck. Maybe they was different or ...I just got lucky.

Not sure why all the hate with Optima. Iíve run them for 20 years on different rigs and have never had any problems.



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Triple A batteries seem to be pretty good, plus full warranty and support if needed.


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Anyone know who makes the OEM battery? I have had fantastic luck with OE Panasonic batteries on my S2000 and WRX.
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How long does these stock batteries last? and which brand did you replace it with?...My truck is 11 TRD SR5/Tow/4x4 5.7...Starting to see corrision/white fuzz on the battery & dead battery...Thanks
MY original oem battery lasted 3 years. I replaced IT with a 48 dollar Walmart battery.
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Anyone know who makes the OEM battery?
Exide.

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First OEM lasted 8 years. Going 2 years into my second OEM.

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Optima batteries are agm, or non flooded batteries. They are great because they can be rotated any direction and put in harsh environments without risk of leaking. They do, however, have different charging requirements than typical flooded batteries. Unless your vehicle, boat, rv, is DESIGNED to have an agm battery, using one will likely result in reduced service life. Vehicles designed to use agm batteries also have a battery management control module to properly regulate the charging voltage.

Some cars now have enhanced flooded batteries which are more like boat batteries. They need good cranking amps but also need more capacity to keep the vehicle going when the engine turns off at traffic lights. These vehicles have battery control modules and also have different charging requirements. I.e. Volkswagens new Tiguan and Atlas use these enhanced batteries and cannot be charged at anything over 40 amps.
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Still have original battery, purchased truck in August 2010. I always coat terminals with dielectric grease when new, no corrosion on terminals.
Still going strong on original 7 1/2 years as of 01/19/2018. My truck has never been kept in a garage.

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All cheep azzes like me will be happy to hear this: There are actually only two battery manufacturers remaining in the USA...Johnson Controls and another I can't remember.
Another cheap azz here...

FYI, I know of at least three battery manufacturers with plants in the USA. Johnson Controls, Exide and East Penn Manufacturing (some people know them better as DEKA).

Last week I just bought a new, "blemished" (aka a 2nd) battery at the East Penn factory store for one of my vehicles. Saved $118 compared to buying essentially the same battery they make for AutoZone. The 2nds do have a VERY limited warranty but I don't care given what I paid and their reputation. Someone I know at one of my clients has been buying the East Penn 2nds for the last 20+ years with little to no issues. When it comes time to replace the battery in my Tundra or my car trailer I will consider another East Penn battery.

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Another cheap azz here...

FYI, I know of at least three battery manufacturers with plants in the USA. Johnson Controls, Exide and East Penn Manufacturing (some people know them better as DEKA)...
Appears the infallability of my source has been greatly exaggerated...you just can't believe everything you read on the internet.

I used to be familiar with East Penn...I believe they were (are) big in reproduction batteries for classic car restoration? I recall wondering what happened to the resto battery company when I read that liar's lies.
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