Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000 16:32:26 -0700
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Battery question

Bob wrote: > > J wrote in message <>... > > >> Thanks, I think I need a new battery. How long does a battery usually > last? A > >> lot of them have "5 years" stamped on the top but I find that to be an > >> exaggeration. > >> > >> VS > > > >How long is a piece of string ? Well there should be no problems for at > least > >3 years. After that it depends on battery type and usage. In fact I am > thinking > >of replacing my own battery (3+ year) since it failed the "one week" start > test, > >but I might just carry on until I run into other problems. > > > >Another story. When the first battery in my Saab failed I was told by > "someone" > >that I should have bought a Japanese car! since they are always reliable. > ;-0) > > > >Johannes > > How long batteries last depends on where you live. Here in Arizona, I > rarely get longer than 2 years from a battery -- no matter how much I pay > for them. I've begun to only buy batteries with a "2 year free replacement" > warranty. Unfortunately, batteries here tend to give very little or no > warning before they die. For instance, I took my car out at about 7 pm, and > it started fast and fine. The very next morning the battery was completely > dead. No amount of charging would get it to work. With the heat you have in Arizona,, your battery may require more frequent topping up of distilled water ? I always forget to look at the battery fluid level. Johannes

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