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post #1 of 8 Old 09-24-2007, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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I own a 96 F-350 Powerstroke....and I was curious, what is the battery life like for diesel trucks? Without fancy sound system, electrical add-ons etc.
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Well, with good care (checking fluid levals and cleaning posts) I'm going in to my 2nd year on mine. And I live in the desert, so that robbs you of some time.


Also, I always replace my batteries together at the same time. Don't know if that means anything, but that's what I've always done with my 5th wheel batteries too. And I get good life out of those also.

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I have seen the stockrs last almost 5 years. you always replace both at the sametime, if you dont the weaker one will kill the new one and you will just have to replace 2 more. do them both and save the time/money

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I have a 2000 I bought used and I replaced the batteries last year b/c they seemed weak going into winter and found out they were the orig. by looking at the date code. Typically from what I have heard and exp. 3-4 years easily but thats using the truck everyday year long. I think it depends on the battery you get. I think you get what you pay for with batteries IMO. Maybe less if you don't use it so much expecially in the winter. Winters here get to 20's-low30's avg.

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BATTERIES

I have an '01 Ex. I replaced the batteries last winter along about Thanksgiving. Decided to use Auto Zone because they had a high CCA.
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I would say 3-4 years should be expected - but I had some OEM's in my truck that were zapped by our trip to DITD in Phoenix, AZ, in Sept -- they too were original to the truck and it is an 01
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Well...I have a 1996 as well. My batteries lasted over 9 years. Replaced them in 2005 with the same.

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when i baught my truck the guy had the batterys in for 6 years an then i ran em down last winter at school trying to start my truck an then got it home an damn thing blew up on me

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