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Old 12-28-2011, 10:05 AM
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What Batteries to buy?

It's about that time again . . . last set I bought around 4 years ago and they are the Napa 860cca / 1040 ca batteries . . . they were good when new but i think they are past their life span now . . . the truck sits a lot and even though i use a battery tender they still seem to wear out early. Oh well . . .

What batteries do you guys recommend?? I want a high cold cranking amp battery . . . preferrably in the 900 range.
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People knock Interstate for some reason, but I've been very happy with them in my RV (RV-model batteries), and various vehicles. The Optima batteries aren't worth the money unless you're racing offroad or something crazy. Two 850CCA Interstates in my F-350 starts it easily in freezing weather.
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Loving my Motorcraft 850CCA batteries. Outside of the 3 year free replacement, the prorate is a pretty good deal.
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yep hard to beat motorcrafts 90 month warranty
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Just called Ford for the batteries . . . $19 core per battery and $119 per battery for 850cca's. He said it was a 36month warranty on the batteries then pro rated.

Probably going to go that route unless i find a higher cca battery at walmart. I'm pretty sure i saw one there that was 900 something cca's for $110.

Just ordered a new block heater cord also . . .
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People knock Interstate for some reason, but I've been very happy with them in my RV (RV-model batteries), and various vehicles. The Optima batteries aren't worth the money unless you're racing offroad or something crazy. Two 850CCA Interstates in my F-350 starts it easily in freezing weather.
I half agree. The interstates are great batteries in my experience. Had one back in the day in my Jeep that was cracked and always had about an inch of the plates out of the electrolyte and still ran it for a year. Where I disagree is on the Optimas. Not sure of the CCA rating, but I dropped the cash on two yellow tops and haven't looked back. Right after I bought them I went on a 4 month deployment and didn't know my glovebox light wasn't turning off so they sat for 4 months dead, WITH a constant draw on them. Came home and threw the charger on em for a day and over a year later I haven't looked back. I also have a buddy that has had a red top in a Durango for going on 9 years now and still working fine. Just shy of 4 years of that was in Alaska with sub zero temps in the winter. Optimas are a solid choice although pricey in the yellow tops. May not be necessary for the OP, but good batteries nonetheless.
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Optimas are nice, but worth it...in my opinion no. Duralast Golds are nice, and Sears' batteries I know are not bad. I'm running dual red-tops have already replaced one (free with warrantee) but I'm not as impressed as you should be with such pricey piece of equipment.
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