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Old 26 Oct 2014, 05:25 pm
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Default Best replacement battery brands for older Accords

My battery was replaced last time over 6 years ago and cranking started
to take longer now, so I want to replace it ASAP. The current battery is
an Interstate MT-24F model which, according to the Interstate website,
provides 600 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA.) I also looked into my Owners
Manual and there the battery spec says: 55 AH / 5 HR. Nothing about CCA.
So I wonder how I could reconcile such different specs and get the right
battery capacity matching the alternator's charging capacity. Is Honda
just trying to force us to buy even such staple items, like batteries
from them, even though Honda itself probably also buys them from
companies, such as Interstate and puts its own label on them?

Which replacement battery brand you guys favor for your cars? Mine is a
'94 Accord LX.
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Old 26 Oct 2014, 06:37 pm
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cameo wrote on 10/26/2014 :
> My battery was replaced last time over 6 years ago and cranking started to
> take longer now, so I want to replace it ASAP. The current battery is an
> Interstate MT-24F model which, according to the Interstate website, provides
> 600 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA.) I also looked into my Owners Manual and there
> the battery spec says: 55 AH / 5 HR. Nothing about CCA. So I wonder how I
> could reconcile such different specs and get the right battery capacity
> matching the alternator's charging capacity. Is Honda just trying to force us
> to buy even such staple items, like batteries from them, even though Honda
> itself probably also buys them from companies, such as Interstate and puts
> its own label on them?
>
> Which replacement battery brand you guys favor for your cars? Mine is a '94
> Accord LX.


You got 6 years out of the last one, why not replace it with the same?
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Old 26 Oct 2014, 07:18 pm
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On 10/26/2014 4:37 PM, Seth wrote:
> cameo wrote on 10/26/2014 :
>> My battery was replaced last time over 6 years ago and cranking
>> started to take longer now, so I want to replace it ASAP. The current
>> battery is an Interstate MT-24F model which, according to the
>> Interstate website, provides 600 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA.) I also
>> looked into my Owners Manual and there the battery spec says: 55 AH /
>> 5 HR. Nothing about CCA. So I wonder how I could reconcile such
>> different specs and get the right battery capacity matching the
>> alternator's charging capacity. Is Honda just trying to force us to
>> buy even such staple items, like batteries from them, even though
>> Honda itself probably also buys them from companies, such as
>> Interstate and puts its own label on them?
>>
>> Which replacement battery brand you guys favor for your cars? Mine is
>> a '94 Accord LX.

>
> You got 6 years out of the last one, why not replace it with the same?


I might if it's still available. But I still want to know if it's right
match for the alternator. Just because it has worked so far, does not
mean it will not ruin it soon.
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Old 27 Oct 2014, 05:31 am
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Default Re: Best replacement battery brands for older Accords

cameo brought next idea :
> On 10/26/2014 4:37 PM, Seth wrote:
>> cameo wrote on 10/26/2014 :
>>> My battery was replaced last time over 6 years ago and cranking
>>> started to take longer now, so I want to replace it ASAP. The current
>>> battery is an Interstate MT-24F model which, according to the
>>> Interstate website, provides 600 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA.) I also
>>> looked into my Owners Manual and there the battery spec says: 55 AH /
>>> 5 HR. Nothing about CCA. So I wonder how I could reconcile such
>>> different specs and get the right battery capacity matching the
>>> alternator's charging capacity. Is Honda just trying to force us to
>>> buy even such staple items, like batteries from them, even though
>>> Honda itself probably also buys them from companies, such as
>>> Interstate and puts its own label on them?
>>>
>>> Which replacement battery brand you guys favor for your cars? Mine is
>>> a '94 Accord LX.

>>
>> You got 6 years out of the last one, why not replace it with the same?

>
> I might if it's still available. But I still want to know if it's right match
> for the alternator. Just because it has worked so far, does not mean it will
> not ruin it soon.


12V is the right match for the alternator. As long as it has enough
power to crank the starter and physically fits in the battery tray (an
under the hold-down) it's fine.
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Old 27 Oct 2014, 09:30 pm
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Default Re: Best replacement battery brands for older Accords

On 10/27/2014 3:31 AM, Seth wrote:
> 12V is the right match for the alternator. As long as it has enough
> power to crank the starter and physically fits in the battery tray (an
> under the hold-down) it's fine.


There is more to that than just matching voltage. Larger capacity
batteries may need more Amps to charge than lower ones. That's why
alternators are matched with the batteries. Not on voltage, which is 12
V these days in all gasoline powered cars anyway.
In any case, I had the battery swapped today with the same brand and
model as I could not risk driving with the old one anymore. I was
surprised how much its price increased over the last 6 years: almost
doubled. And this was supposed to be a low inflation period, according
to government inflation index.
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Old 28 Oct 2014, 01:22 am
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On Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:30:39 -0700, cameo <cameo@unreal.invalid>
wrote:

>On 10/27/2014 3:31 AM, Seth wrote:
>> 12V is the right match for the alternator. As long as it has enough
>> power to crank the starter and physically fits in the battery tray (an
>> under the hold-down) it's fine.

>
>There is more to that than just matching voltage. Larger capacity
>batteries may need more Amps to charge than lower ones.


I'm no expert, but I'd guess that's just to make sure the larger
battery could be fully charged, to support larger loads, in a given
amount of time. It's not really a property that large batteries need
more amps or they won't charge fully or at all, not afaik.

>And this was supposed to be a low inflation period, according
>to government inflation index.


Hah.

J.

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Old 28 Oct 2014, 07:41 am
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Default Re: Best replacement battery brands for older Accords

In my limited experience, a Honda dealer sold me a Honda battery at a slightly lower installed cost than other quotes I got. Might be worth a call.
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Old 30 Oct 2014, 01:05 pm
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On 10/28/2014 5:41 AM, Dave wrote:
> In my limited experience, a Honda dealer sold me a Honda battery at a slightly lower installed cost than other quotes I got. Might be worth a call.
>

That would surprise me.
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Old 30 Oct 2014, 01:39 pm
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Default Re: Best replacement battery brands for older Accords

On 10/30/2014 2:05 PM, cameo wrote:
> On 10/28/2014 5:41 AM, Dave wrote:
>> In my limited experience, a Honda dealer sold me a Honda battery at a
>> slightly lower installed cost than other quotes I got. Might be worth
>> a call.
>>

> That would surprise me.



One large dealership around here is advertising $109.98. Three years
ago I got one put in my accord at that place (at the time the advertised
special was 79.99). Quick, easy, no hassle.
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Old 30 Oct 2014, 01:44 pm
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On 10/30/14, 2:05 PM, cameo wrote:
> On 10/28/2014 5:41 AM, Dave wrote:
>> In my limited experience, a Honda dealer sold me a Honda battery at a
>> slightly lower installed cost than other quotes I got. Might be worth
>> a call.
>>

> That would surprise me.


My local dealer installed a fresh-dated Honda-label battery for $69--
and ran the car through the wash rack before turning it back to me...

--
"My name is Lieutenant Aldo Raine and I'm putting together a special
team, and I need me eight soldiers."
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