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Old 06-25-2011, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just read something that said the average life of a car battery is 3 1/2 years. I am pushing that now. I realize that heat is a killer but I live in the north east so I don't that is a factor for me. Any opinions?
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Come Winter, just replace it. As much as I know, it's the freezing cold that bothers a battery, not the heat....
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have an 07 still running on the origional battery. I take it to the dealer for regular maintenance and they do their check (brakes, battery, tires, fluids, etc.) every time and haven't said anything about replacing it yet. 4.5 years in August, we'll see how much further it goes.
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Come Winter, just replace it. As much as I know, it's the freezing cold that bothers a battery, not the heat....
I see conflicting information on the heat vs cold thing personally I think they both adversly effect the battery. The conflict seems to be which is worse obviously!
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I have an 07 still running on the origional battery. I take it to the dealer for regular maintenance and they do their check (brakes, battery, tires, fluids, etc.) every time and haven't said anything about replacing it yet. 4.5 years in August, we'll see how much further it goes.
I see you live in PA so the cold would be more of a concern. Do you garage your vehicle and if so is it a heated garage?
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I would look into replacing it shortly down the line.

How are you arriving to the battery age? By factoring in the year of the car (in your case 2008) or by what is listed on the plate on the frame where the driver side door is? As the 2008 model year started in Aug/Sept 2007 the battery maybe older then 2008.

I had my car in to NTB for tires recently and they supposedly did a battery check (even though I did not ask them to) and it supposedly failed the load test. The battery gave me no issues but it looked like it was the original 5 year old battery so I dumped it.

Besides a dying battery will cause the alternator to work harder

I changed the battery myself for under $90 and got 100 more CCA(Cold Cranking Amps) out of it.

Batteries just like to up and die during winter so you should look into replacing it
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QUOTE (Sonata_Guy @ Jun 25 2011, 08:40 PM)
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I see conflicting information on the heat vs cold thing personally I think they both adversly effect the battery. The conflict seems to be which is worse obviously!
But the fact is, your battery will betray you not on a hot, sunny Summer day, but most likely on a very cold, late night, stranded alone in an empty parking lot, in the middle of a blinding snow storm... That's why it's just not worth taking the chance. Batteries' life can vary according to many factors, but the general rule is -- 4 years. That's why I'd suggest replacing yours in another 4-5 months, before Winter arrives in full force..... Wait for a good sale in your neighborhood store and take advantage of it.
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I change batteries on a preventive basis at four years of age.

By the way, load testers are cheap and very useful, when you are getting edgy about your battery.

As to heat and cold, the '06 Sonata has a funny looking sheath around it, --- that's a heat shield. Save it for your new battery.
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07 here running on the original battery. Fires up just fine even in the coldest weather in the winter.

4 years, 9 months old.
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07 here running on the original battery. Fires up just fine even in the coldest weather in the winter. 4 years, 9 months old.
Yes, I believe you... Still, one day, suddenly, out of the blue, when you least expect it, and probably when you REALLY need to drive home, or you're already late to work ----- that battery would betray you and die with no any warning. This has happened to me in past years, and others too... That's why I say, don't take chances, especially if you live where winter is harsh, 'cause you might regret it dearly....
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