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Old 09-30-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
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Battery questions

So we've only had the Moutaineer for about two weeks, and the wife went out this morning and battery was dead. I didn't have much time to mess with it, just had her take another vehicle. She has a charger spliter and had a phone charger and the kids DVD player plugged into the charging spot down by the passenger footwell. Does that suck power overnight? I noticed the little lights were on the chargers this morning. Also it was cold so it could just be a weak battery.

So question two is what size battery do I need to get. Gonna run out after work and pick one up, any suggestions?
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:48 AM   #2
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Every thing you have pluged in is pulling power in addition to what the vehicle uses for memory. Most good to better batteries are rated at 5-7 years (60-84 months). You should have a size 65 battery, they come in sizes according to engine/vehicle requirements, where the terminals and space available. I would get a name brand & 84 month, which has a higher cranking Amps. Take your old battery with you, that way you will not be charged for the core return. Thats about $ 15.00. I hope this helps you out.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:19 AM   #3
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Think that answers my questions. I'll run out and grab a new battery in that size after work. I'll also have her unplug that stuff while the SUV is shut off. Thanks.
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How did you make out with the battery replace.
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:47 PM   #5
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Pretty simple and it did the trick. The old battery was over 6 years old so I'm glad I just switched it while it was dead at home instead of jumping it and having it die again somewhere else. Went with an 8 year Duralast Gold with 850 CCA and 1000 CA.
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