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Old 19 Sep 2014, 09:15 am
Steve
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Default Is 5 Years A Typical Battery Life?

Hi,

I have a 2010 Civic I bought new.

I needed a jump start twice yesterday so the car is in the shop ( independent, gas station ).

I thought it would be something like the alternator, but the mechanic just called me and told me those systems were fine. The batter is corroded and near dead.

He said about 4 - 5 years of life is normal for a car battery.

I can't remember changing my battery that often with my old car ( 1991 Civic ).

Is the mechanic right about the life span of car batteries?

Thanks

Steve
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Old 19 Sep 2014, 11:14 am
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On Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:15:15 -0700 (PDT), Steve <tinker123@gmail.com>
wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I have a 2010 Civic I bought new.
>
>I needed a jump start twice yesterday so the car is in the shop ( independent, gas station ).
>
>I thought it would be something like the alternator, but the mechanic just called me and told me those systems were fine. The batter is corroded and near dead.
>
>He said about 4 - 5 years of life is normal for a car battery.
>
>I can't remember changing my battery that often with my old car ( 1991 Civic ).
>
>Is the mechanic right about the life span of car batteries?
>
>Thanks
>
>Steve


Five years is an excellent life span for a battery especially the OEM.

When you buy a new battery you can see how long each is warranteed
for, and five years is a pretty premium level.

J.

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Old 19 Sep 2014, 11:27 am
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On 2014-09-19 10:15 AM, Steve wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a 2010 Civic I bought new.
>
> I needed a jump start twice yesterday so the car is in the shop
> ( independent, gas station ).
>
> I thought it would be something like the alternator,
> but the mechanic just called me and told me those systems were fine.
> The battery is corroded and near dead.
>
> He said about 4 - 5 years of life is normal for a car battery.
>
> I can't remember changing my battery that often with my old car
> ( 1991 Civic ).
>
> Is the mechanic right about the life span of car batteries?


Depends a bit on where you live, and what you do. I'm told that
in Phoenix they often only last about 3 years. Accidentally running
it down flat by leaving the lights on or such will reduce the life-time.
My '91 Civic and '81 Corolla each lasted about 7.

That said failure at 4-5 years is common enough.


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Old 10 Nov 2014, 11:32 am
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> Is the mechanic right about the life span of car batteries?
Not entirely, see www.batteryfaq.com. The biggest factor is how cool *battery is : German cars have * in boot ( far from engines' heat ) so * can last longer e.g. 6 yr in my cousin's BMW in Msia ( warm climate ). * in cold climate lasts longer.
2nd factor is whether user switches off every component ( e.g. aircon / lights / wipers / heater ) before cranking ; this site says deep discharge will shorten life of *.
3rd factor is whether user can keep * state of charge high ( 80% full ) : I use 2solar panels ( in 2 cars ) to charge *, voltage must not >15.9v .
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Old 23 Nov 2014, 09:56 am
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On Monday, November 10, 2014 12:32:58 PM UTC-5, pbx...@gmail.com wrote:
> > Is the mechanic right about the life span of car batteries?

> Not entirely, see www.batteryfaq.com. The biggest factor is how cool *battery is : German cars have * in boot ( far from engines' heat ) so * can last longer e.g. 6 yr in my cousin's BMW in Msia ( warm climate ). * in cold climate lasts longer.
> 2nd factor is whether user switches off every component ( e.g. aircon / lights / wipers / heater ) before cranking ; this site says deep discharge will shorten life of *.
> 3rd factor is whether user can keep * state of charge high ( 80% full ) :I use 2solar panels ( in 2 cars ) to charge *, voltage must not >15.9v .


I have a question regarding the above. My 2003 Pilot says I can leave the lights on "automatic." That works for me because I want to use my headlightsas daylight running lights. My issue is that they may damage the battery --or something else-- as the lights are on before cranking. Then again a Sears battery is guaranteed for so many years. My safety is more important than a battery, and the A/C is always on anyway.

What am I playing with here?
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Old 23 Nov 2014, 10:42 am
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In article <dfeb811e-d48a-41b2-a254-7cb5802ef573@googlegroups.com>,
Tony54 <thetibetanmonkey@gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a question regarding the above. My 2003 Pilot says I can leave the
> lights on "automatic." That works for me because I want to use my headlights
> as daylight running lights. My issue is that they may damage the battery --or
> something else-- as the lights are on before cranking.


No. Don't worry about it.
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Old 23 Nov 2014, 10:52 am
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On Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:42:15 AM UTC-5, Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
> In article <dfeb811e-d48a-41b2-a254-7cb5802ef573@googlegroups.com>,
> Tony54 <thetibetanmonkey@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I have a question regarding the above. My 2003 Pilot says I can leave the
> > lights on "automatic." That works for me because I want to use my headlights
> > as daylight running lights. My issue is that they may damage the battery --or
> > something else-- as the lights are on before cranking.

>
> No. Don't worry about it.


So are they in effect daylight running lights? I'm told they come on AFTER cranking the engine. The A/C would be more of a load.

In the meantime, "Life is short. Don't worry about batteries."
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