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red ball on one battery

I checked my batteries today and the passenger side shows a little red and white ball and the drivers side is green. So I checked them with a load tester and they held up good then I got a hydrometer and all 12 cells showed they where fully charged. Go start the truck and it fired right up. 30* out. Batteries are 5 years old. I think I'm going to Ignore the "eye" and keep them.What do you guys think? Am I taking a chance of getting stuck?
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When you load tested them did you disconnect the cables so you weren't pulling from the other battery?

At 5 years old your pretty much at the life span of a battery, to me replacing them is cheap insurance that my truck will start when I need it most.



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When you load tested them did you disconnect the cables so you weren't pulling from the other battery?

At 5 years old your pretty much at the life span of a battery, to me replacing them is cheap insurance that my truck will start when I need it most.
Yes. I disconnected the drivers side to move the cover and check the water level and do the hydrometer text.
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They are not going to bad over night, or someone please step in and say so.... I would run them for a bit more, and consider it $$ in your pocket....



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Those indicators aren't accurate. Did you hold the load for a few seconds? If you did then I wouldn't worry about; however, they are 5 yrs old so I would keep an eye on them and be ready for new batteries.

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Those indicators aren't accurate. Did you hold the load for a few seconds? If you did then I wouldn't worry about; however, they are 5 yrs old so I would keep an eye on them and be ready for new batteries.
I held it for 10 seconds and the needle moved just a little bit. I have a battery pac/booster pac I think I'll start to carry it if I keep them. I like to see how long they last so i might just keep them.
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Yea they are good for now. I would just keep it in the back of my mind that batteries are on the to do list.

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Yea they are good for now. I would just keep it in the back of my mind that batteries are on the to do list.
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At five years, you're not even close to done with those batteries, if your charging system has no faults. You'll see a voltage drop if a cell dies, and when it does, then replace it.

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