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Bad - Good battery experience today

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11-18-2020 16:39:15

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I have a 1945 2N. Doesn't get used much. I have taken it to several shows and a couple of parades. I try to run it a couple of times a year. This summer I had trouble starting it when hot. Did all the usually electric things without a lot of success. I could start it if I bypassed the resistor and ignition switch. Changed the ignition switch with no positive results. The battery was less than one year old. Yesterday I tried to start it to change the oil and do the pre winter maintenance. The battery was stone cold dead. Would not even begin to take a charge. debated letting it sit until next spring, but decided to replace the battery. When I removed the battery (purchased at Orschelns a midwest farm and home chain), I noticed in bold white letters on the battery "Replaced free if it fails in less than one year". Took it back to the store and exchanged it - no questions asked. Put the new battery in and it started right up. Battery was 11 months old, Sure am glad I did not wait until spring!

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J Hamilton

11-18-2020 19:10:44

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 Re: Bad - Good battery experience today in reply to HCooke, 11-18-2020 16:39:15  
I got a couple batteries for my 1170 Case back in 2013 from a local battery specialty store, I got the "seconds" since they were half the price and they are still in it today. I can tell they are starting to crank a little slower but 7 years I can't complain, I hope the next ones I get last as long.

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11-18-2020 18:42:45

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 Re: Bad - Good battery experience today in reply to HCooke, 11-18-2020 16:39:15  
I will know in the mooring if the bat I am checking out now is good/bad... If its bad it will be the 4th advance auto battery I have ran into this month... I am not knocking them because I would say for the last 20 years they have been as good as any... Interstates took a dump a few years back they are crossed off my list...
On all the Advance bats they are in vehicles that are not ran much and get discharged so take that into consideration. My thoughts once they get discharged they sulfate and will not fully charge back... They do not have 9 lives anymore : (...
I can check the system in ways most can not conceive If I say the bats bad its bad... In a nut shell I am seeing a run on defective battery's...

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11-18-2020 17:11:50

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 Re: Bad - Good battery experience today in reply to HCooke, 11-18-2020 16:39:15  
I have the same battery in my Case tractor. I bought the battery three years a go. Then they had a two year free replacement.

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11-18-2020 17:44:02

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 Re: Bad - Good battery experience today in reply to tractorguy2, 11-18-2020 17:11:50  
I have bought a lot of batteries from Orschelns. Obviously they don't make them. I usually get 4 to 5 years out of them.

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11-19-2020 06:02:58

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 Re: Bad - Good battery experience today in reply to HCooke, 11-18-2020 17:44:02  
I own 4 6v 8Nís and 2 6v 1929 Fords. All now have the same battery, a Deka, model 901MF (made by East Penn) or the Duracell equivalent, Ultra BC1.

I always run the vehicles to operating temp every 3 or 4 weeks if they haven't been used. To make sure the battery doesn't discharge, all now have hard wired Battery Tender float chargers. (And that will extend the life of any battery because it stops them from discharging.)

On average, I get 8 years out of a battery. I had one battery that I replaced in September, 2020 that was 12 years old.

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