Battery Life. - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
General Diesel Discussion Discuss everything else pertaining to Diesel Pickups.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Heat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Phoenix,AZ
Posts: 1,389
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Battery Life.

A quick question for those of you who bought your trucks new...

How long did the batteries last before you started noticing a slow down of the starter???

I've noticed the past few mornings that it's a bit slower of a crank then usual... Right now the truck is a little over two years old and I'm wondering if it's not getting about that time for a battery replacement... Granted, here in Arizona, the heat just kills batteries in short order but I thought I would throw this out there for discussion... I'd be thinking that I would replace them with Optima red tops when the time comes....

Ken....



"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession; I have
learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan

'06 F250 CC Lariat FX4 PSD, bone stock
Heat is offline  
post #2 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 05:38 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Raul@Stealth Automotive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ventura County, CA
Posts: 20,359
Thanks: 23
Thanked 30 Times in 17 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Send a message via AIM to Raul@Stealth Automotive
mine lasted almost 3 years.... and i got 2 optima batteries waiting to be put on as soon as the replacements go bad
Raul@Stealth Automotive is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 05:48 AM
Slacker



 
Evil Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 18,492
Thanks: 16
Thanked 222 Times in 193 Posts
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Quoted: 139 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
Ken,
Mine are still originals (2005) and I noticed about 6 months ago that they were slowing down, too! I kept expecting them to kick the bucket over the summer, but I took them in to Napa and Interstate a couple of times and they said they were still good, even under a load. (Granted, they can't load them like our beloved PSD, but still). Anyway, I'm probably going to bite the bullet here pretty soon and get some new ones. Have you priced out the Optimas yet? Where are you looking to purchase them?

Shawn Carlson
EvilEye@powerstroke.org

Proud Navy Vet
2005 F250, CCSB, 6.0 PSD, FX4 (The Sweet Unit is white)
2008 F350, CCLB, 6.4 PSD (Brad-the wife's truck is black)




Engine Mods:
Fluidampr
CCV Reroute (Reinstated)
4" MBRP Exhaust
MTW Stage 1 Turbo
Bulletproof 53V FICM
BulletProof EGR Cooler
BulletProof Water Pump
Riff Raff Intercooler Boots
Gogo Diesel Direct Drive Solenoid
BulletProof All-Aluminum Radiator
BulletProof All-Aluminum Intercooler
BulletProof Oil Cooler System w/ Bypass Filter
SCT w/ Custom Tunes (TSD, DJ's, Innovative, Gearhead, QuickTricks)

Exterior Mods:
Bilstein 5100 Shocks
Icon Adjustable Trac Bar
Firestone RideRite Air Bags
BDS Dual Steering Stabilizer
Aluminum Finned Differential Cover
Reese 16k Manual Slider 5th Wheel Hitch
Icon 2.5" Leveling Kit w/ F-350 rear blocks
20" BMF Novakanes wrapped in 33" Nitto Terra Grapplers
Evil Eye is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 05:54 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Goodyear, AZ
Posts: 2,083
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Another reason for the slower cranks the past couple of days is because our morning temps are now in the 60's and not 90's. Thus your oils viscosity is much heavier and this makes your engine turn over much harder. Mostly batteries in the diesel won't die until winter because of the extra strain of turning your engine over and the glow plug working much harder. You would be surprised what a god 5-30 or 40 wt will do to your morning starts.

Shawn
Performance Oil Products is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Heat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Phoenix,AZ
Posts: 1,389
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Hey Shawn, I was thinking the same thing but I usually use the remote start feature on my alarm system in the morning to start it... You know, let it warm up a bit while I'm pouring my coffee and off I go... The past two mornings it didn't start... Basically the remote feature will only crank for so long... I'm almost betting the glow plugs aren't done warming up when the thing cranks it... It's supposed to be 20 seconds but I swear in the morning it's nowhere near that.. Interesting though in the afternoon if I use the remote start it seems to take forever before it cranks it ...

I've used the remote feature since I've owned it and it has never failed to crank it over ...

Anyway, The Optimas are available most anywhere.. They're 150 bucks at Autozone for the red tops... 3 year free replacement with a 7 year warranty .... I'm thinking they're worth their money....

Ken....



"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession; I have
learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan

'06 F250 CC Lariat FX4 PSD, bone stock
Heat is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 06:21 AM
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
CHAD5.0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hastings,MI
Posts: 147
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I bought my truck new in Feb. 2002 and just replaced the original batteries last week. I guess 5+ years on original batteries is pretty good.
CHAD5.0 is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Heat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Phoenix,AZ
Posts: 1,389
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Sounds pretty good Chad... I'm not sure which one is worse on battery life, 120 below zero or 120 above ... I'm betting the heat is killing mine but I think I'll try the remote start this afternoon on the way home and see if I get the same results... If so then it could be more to do with the alarm computer then the batteries... We shall see...

Ken...



"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession; I have
learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan

'06 F250 CC Lariat FX4 PSD, bone stock
Heat is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 08:10 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Goodyear, AZ
Posts: 2,083
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Hey Ken, try to start without the remote start in the AM. If it starts good you may need to add more delay time into your alarm.

As for batteries check out costco they have a great price on them. You will always find with colder temps your truck will be cranking slower, again due to the resistance of heavy oil. You can also have your batteries tested, maybe 1 of them is low.
Performance Oil Products is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 08:24 AM
Member/MARINE
 
rajharley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Westerville, Ohio
Posts: 992
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Send a message via Yahoo to rajharley
I have notice mine doing the same thing these last few mornings. We are getting down to about 50 Degrees in the mornings here now. I have the original batteries in mine. unbelievable I know but they are old. I am headed back east to ohio in 8 weeks so changing out for a new set of batteries is a priority for me. I think I am gonna change out the Glow Plug Relay while I am at it since they are pretty cheap.

02 F350 XLT DRW CC 6X6, ZOODAD MOD, DUAL PRESS RELIEF VALVE, 4" TURBO BACK EXHAUST NO KITTY NO MUFF, TS 6 POS CHIP, HIGH PRESS OIL LINE X-OVER, AIRAID THROTTLE BODY SPACER, DIY INTAKE NAPA 6637, PYRO, BOOST, TRANS GAUGES ON THE PILLAR, BANKS TRANS COMMANDER W/TRANS SHIFT KIT, BILLET TORQUE CONVERTER, WASTEGATE DELETE W/MAP FOOLER, SKYJACKER SHOCKS & DUAL STEERING STABILIZER, REDNECK CELL PHONE, RANCH HAND BUMPER, RECON BIG RIG, FENDER AND CAB LIGHTS, AND DIAMOND PLATE ACCESORIES.
rajharley is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 09-26-2007, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Heat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Phoenix,AZ
Posts: 1,389
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Yep, I am going to check the remote start this afternoon when things are warm... The delay on the remote start feature may have changed somewhere along the lines for some reason so I'll time it this afternoon... I just don't recall it cranking slower like it is now last time the cooler months were here but then too I've slept since then ...

Ken....



"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession; I have
learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan

'06 F250 CC Lariat FX4 PSD, bone stock
Heat is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome