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Old 23 Oct 2004, 09:54 am
twfsa
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Default Battery Replacement

Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.

Thanks
Tom


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Old 23 Oct 2004, 10:51 am
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Default Re: Battery Replacement

I now change the battery before it dies. Reports are that use of older
batteries may shorten the alternator's life. See below for citations on this.

My 91 Civic, 158k miles, is on its fourth battery and second alternator. The
first two batteries each died after 4.5 years. The car was driven in mostly
Northern climates. Each had a few jumps performed on them, which I understand
tends to shorten battery life. The alternator died after eight years.

Businesses like Sears, dealerships, and independent shops offer battery checks
for a small fee. Autozone will do a battery check for free but I'm not sure I'd
rely on what Autozone's "experts" find. Still, it's no charge. Google on the net
for details on what these checks include.

I keep an eye on how the car is cranking at cold startup. With experience, one
can often tell when the the battery is near-death. I also have benchmark
readings of the battery voltage with the car running, with headlights on and not
running, everything off.

Three years seems a little soon. Do you have any symptoms of the battery going
bad? Had many jump starts on it? IIRC, some have reported getting as much as
seven years ou of their Honda battery.

Re dying batteries damaging the alternator:

"A weak battery that is not storing enough power will cause the alternator to
work harder and possibly cause premature alternator failure. Dirty or corroded
battery terminals can severely reduce the lifespan of the battery and
alternator." http://www.trustmymechanic.com/35.html

" ...depleted batteries make recharging much more difficult, shortening
alternator life." http://www.intra-tech.com/news/homeapriltwentnine.html

"By maintaining batteries in peak condition alternators do not work as hard,
batteries accept charge more readily so alternator life is extended. Healthy
batteries start engines easier, so your starter should also last longer."
http://www.megapulse.net/faq.htm



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> Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
> before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.



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Old 23 Oct 2004, 11:07 am
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Do what you think is prudent for your situation. My 99 Civic's battery was
showing signs of going bad 2 months ago....slower slightly labored cranking
than normal for startup...so I went to Costco and replaced it for $36. The
original battery lasted just over 5 yrs, the longest lasting battery I've
ever had.

"twfsa" <uksatw@qwest.net> wrote in message
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> Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
> before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.
>
> Thanks
> Tom
>
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Old 23 Oct 2004, 12:06 pm
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I still have the originial battery in my 99 accord. Its a panasonic
and its never failed so far. I've not been able to find any panasonic
car batteries. I think I will replace mine in the near future just to
play it safe, but I would like to buy another Panasonci battery if
possible. Anyone know who carries those?

I don't belive the local honda dealer carries the panasonic brand, I'm
almost certain you could be the dealer price just about anywhere
else.

To really test the battery you'll need to have it load tested.
(comment on originial thread)

On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 16:07:45 GMT, "Larry" <lgz56@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Do what you think is prudent for your situation. My 99 Civic's battery was
>showing signs of going bad 2 months ago....slower slightly labored cranking
>than normal for startup...so I went to Costco and replaced it for $36. The
>original battery lasted just over 5 yrs, the longest lasting battery I've
>ever had.
>
>"twfsa" <uksatw@qwest.net> wrote in message
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>> Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
>> before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Tom
>>
>>

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Old 23 Oct 2004, 03:00 pm
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"twfsa" <uksatw@qwest.net> wrote in message
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> Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
> before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.
>
> Thanks
> Tom
>
>


One of the problems when changing batteries is losing all the settings on
your radio. I get around that problem by connecting a 9V battery across the
car battery cables until I get the new battery in place and the cables
reconnected. Works beautifully.

Bearman

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Old 23 Oct 2004, 06:17 pm
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Should be too early. My 98 Civic could be getting close, but less
than 4 years is too early.

"twfsa" <uksatw@qwest.net> wrote in message
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> Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
> before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.
>
> Thanks
> Tom
>
>



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Old 24 Oct 2004, 03:25 pm
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Last year I replaced my 98 Accord battery, I bought it at Cosco for $45.00
Can,
its very easy to replaced and so far it runs great, I didn't have to pay for
a boost.

R.A.O


"Larry" <lgz56@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Do what you think is prudent for your situation. My 99 Civic's battery
> was
> showing signs of going bad 2 months ago....slower slightly labored
> cranking
> than normal for startup...so I went to Costco and replaced it for $36.
> The
> original battery lasted just over 5 yrs, the longest lasting battery I've
> ever had.
>
> "twfsa" <uksatw@qwest.net> wrote in message
> news:Kgued.34020$_g6.12696@okepread03...
>> Do you wait till your battery fails berofe replaceing or change it out
>> before hand? Thinking of replaceing the battery in my 01 CR-V.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Tom
>>
>>

>
>



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Old 29 Oct 2004, 08:35 pm
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"bearman" <noyb@home.com> wrote in message
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[snip]
>
> One of the problems when changing batteries is losing all the settings on
> your radio. I get around that problem by connecting a 9V battery across
> the
> car battery cables until I get the new battery in place and the cables
> reconnected. Works beautifully.
>
> Bearman


I've seen people mention this before on this board. How do you do this? It
sounds dangerous. Thnx.


> If it's got tits, tires, tubes, or transistors, it's trouble


lol. very true.


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Old 30 Oct 2004, 06:13 pm
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"Al Smith" <ecarecar@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Should be too early. My 98 Civic could be getting close, but less
> than 4 years is too early.
>

When I lived in Phoenix I never had a battery make it through a third
summer. I knew people who got nearly four years on a battery there, by
buying it toward the end of summer (say, October) one year and replacing it
when it died. Hot climates are murder on batteries.

Mike


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