Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
New battery time.
Well, it looks like my stock Motorcraft battery in my '07 Mazda is finally showing signs of packing it in. It has been below zero at night here, and I haven't driven my truck much lately. When I went to start it, it did the old 'clack, clack, clack' before it decided to turn over properly. Now that winter is here, it's only going to get worse as it gets colder.
I decided I will buy a Walmart 'Energizer' brand battery. I've had those before, and they are quite decent for the low price, and never left me stuck. Same warranty, etc. as the more expensive ones, too. Never had much luck with the most expensive Motomaster or Sears Diehard batteries, so I haven't got much faith in more $$ = better battery.
I considered an Optima battery, and they sound okay for the most part, but I found a few stories on the net where they tend to die without warning. At least standard batteries usually give you ample clues, and their death is a lot more gradual. For over twice the money, I don't see a return on investment that justifies the price.
One question, though: I thought it would be nice to install a higher capacity battery. The stock Motorcraft is 540 CCA , and the Energizer is 610 CCA. The stock battery size is a Group 59. The next size up is a Group 65, as in an F-150, and the CCA is over 800(!). The hieght and width is the same as a Group 59, but the 65 is 2" longer.
I looked at my battery tray and the engine compartment, and it looks like I'm stuck between the 4x4 ABS modulator valve and the rad support. Has anyone ever tried to shoe-horn a larger size battery into their Ranger without getting into any serious metal cutting?
If Princess Auto were a real girl, I'd ask her to marry me.