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Guest Richard D

I had my first Reatta failure today. When I was going to lunch I went to start the car and all was well until the starter engaged and one of the battery cells opened. Battery is putting out .26 volts!! It was a two year old discount special and when I pulled it out it weighs about half as much as a 6 year old Delco I had stored for hurricane use when the generator is not keeping everybody awake.

Back to my question, This Delco is 6 years old and the last time it was used was for Katrina in 2005, I have charged it twice a year since but do not trust it. Padgett or someone else in Florida what battery do you recommend for a daily use Reatta where it gets very hot under the hood?

Thank's in advance,

Richard

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Knowing quite a bit about lead/acid battiers because of boating; 2 things hurt batteries the most:

1. Allowing the battery to be in a discharged state (longer time is worse)

2. Draining and re-charging a battery, usually called cycling (deeper drain and more frequent cycles are worse)

Also, remember, lead/acid batteries slowly discharge when not in use, so "charging twice a year" is, in fact, cycling it.

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Guest Richard D

Brent, Could you recommend the proper size and reserve power (amp/hour) for a Reatta? CCA does not mean much in South Florida. What is ironic is the Delco that I abused for inverter power the last 4-5 years is running the car while the 1.5 year old no-name battery the previous owner installed died.

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If I had to get a new battery, I would probably just go to Sears for a DieHard. I'm sure people take issues with that brand, but I think their price is somewhat reasonable, and they have decent rebate periods/policies. But, any standard battery that's listed for your Reatta should do fine for a "daily driver", especially if your Reatta starts-up reasonably quick (with not too much cranking time).

Any place that sells batteries, should be able to provide one rated for the vehicle.

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I have had good luck with the better brand of battery that Walmart sells. I'm sure others will differ. One reason I buy their battery is the security of knowing I can get it replaced in almost any town if it fails while I'm on the road.

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Guest daveagain909

I have bought my batteries at costco. they are good and are the cheapest I have found for the amperage crank rating. , batteries in florida are a problem, you never get the time that they are rated for, this can be good though because you can get a replacement for usually nothing because they never make it past the warrenty period. Since I have changed to costco I have had no problems..

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I look for both top and side terminals for maximum usefullness. The last two batteries I bought were Optimas (on sale). Often one of mine will sit for several weeks or a month without being driven. Right now I have a float charger on the Judge.

Do believe that running the engine cool extends battery life, think I bought the one in the blue 88 in 2001.

For a battery that has been sitting for a long time, I have a 30A Vector desulfating charger. My friend Gary who is into golf carts and electric vehicles convinced me. It does seem to revive ded batteries.

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Guest WEB 38

Price wise the better walmart is a very good battery. I Have found Interstate batteries have about the longest life expectancy.

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I've had to replace both of the batteries in my rivs that I originally purchased at Auto Zone. They lasted only two years due to a dead cell in each. I insisted on a refund instead of a replacement because I was on the road away from home when each failed...they reluctantly did so. Each was replaced with an Interstate and have had no problems since. I hook them to battery tricklers while the rivs are in storage from Nov to Apr....no problems...start right up.

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I'm with Padgett on this one. Optima is the best battery you can buy, though the price reflects this. Generally $120-150 most places, I have red tops in both my cars and I swear by them. Batteries plus sells them, and many better auto parts stores do as well.

Also, try to get one with both side and top posts - much easier to hookup jumper cables to the top posts if you have to jump somebody's "discount" battery.

KDirk

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Guest Richard D

Thank You all for your time and advice. I talked to the guy at Sears who does nothing but test and replace batteries here in Miami and he too recommended an Optima, or for $80.00 a Diehard which can be made by Exide or another company. I will get an Optima.

Regards,

Richard

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Guest Richard D

Thank You Padgett, that will come in handy, more than a half tank of gas! Or an oil pressure sender.

Regards,

Richard

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Guest Ragtop

One thing to remember, when in storage you must disconnect the battery. It only uses a trickle of juice, but doesn't take long for the charge to maintain your computers to run the battery down

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Guest Richard D
One thing to remember, when in storage you must disconnect the battery. It only uses a trickle of juice, but doesn't take long for the charge to maintain your computers to run the battery down

Thank's, I have two battery trickle chargers to maintain batteries. One is solar powered I use for a small plane the other a plug in type for automobiles.

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