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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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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?

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I gotta say I really like the stock Motorcraft for my diesels. My '95 had the original batteries (one was replaced under warranty at two months old) in it when I sold it '09! They were the "Silver" series batts. My '05 still has the originals as well.


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My 05' had its original battery until 2010 when it finally quit charging. I replaced it with another Motorcraft but with 850 CCA instead of 650 and its been a big help in the frigid Alberta winter.

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I recommend the Kirkland Signature line of batteries at Costco. Best price...probably $65-$100 depending on the size. 3 year FREE replacement and 100 month prorated warranty (keep your receipt). I had paid $65 plus HST in June or July 2011....group 58 or 59 (I don't remember). The Group 65 is like $90-$95 if my memory is correct. I had a group 65 in my 1996 Mazda B3000....downsized to 58/59 since I am planning to sell the truck soon.

I haven't checked if a group 65 will fit in my 2010 Ranger. Would love the extra CCA...over 900 I think (Kirkland). Group 58/59 is probably in the 600-650 range for CCA.

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id get a higher cold cranking amps then factory when i get new batterys
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I recommend the Kirkland Signature line of batteries at Costco. Best price...probably $65-$100 depending on the size. 3 year FREE replacement and 100 month prorated warranty (keep your receipt). I had paid $65 plus HST in June or July 2011....group 58 or 59 (I don't remember). The Group 65 is like $90-$95 if my memory is correct. I had a group 65 in my 1996 Mazda B3000....downsized to 58/59 since I am planning to sell the truck soon.

I haven't checked if a group 65 will fit in my 2010 Ranger. Would love the extra CCA...over 900 I think (Kirkland). Group 58/59 is probably in the 600-650 range for CCA.

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I've heard the Kirkland batteries are a good deal, also. Unfortunately, I don't have a Costco membership -- but I do have a Walmart membership. The warranty sounds the same as the Energizer battery.

Re: group 65 battery in Ranger.
I looked at it again today, and I'm pretty sure it would take some major metal hackery to get a bigger battery to fit. I'm not willing to do that. Seems like more trouble than it's worth. If I ever really decided I needed an extra battery, like for a long off-road trip, I think I'd just install an auxilliary battery box in the cargo area and run an isolator and quick disconnects.

One more question:
Does anyone know who sells these battery mats in Canada? I think I'd like to start using one, as I'm noticing some battery crud building up on the battery tray.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/acid-neutra.../p2006087.jcwx

Can't tell if the tray assembly is spot welded to the body, or if it's removable, but I'd like to yank it when it gets warmer and coat it in some epoxy bedliner material I've got left over.

I'd order a battery mat from JC Whitney, but I want it NOW!

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BTW, I wasn't knocking my stock Motorcraft battery. It was okay. It survived a couple of very brutal northern BC/Alberta winters. 4 1/2 years is acceptable.

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All you need is a nearby Costco store and have a friend who is a Costco member. Pay your friend to buy you a Costco gift card...say $100. Then you got to the store and start shopping. Keep your receipt for warranty purposes.

Another option is to shop at Costco with your friend...and buy the battery under his/her membership and you can pay him/her back.

BTW, Kirkland batteries are made by Johnson Controls.

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It was a good plan, up until the part about me having friends ...

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I've heard that the Kirkland batteries were good also. Now that I got myself a winch, I will explore my optoins for adding a second battery. There might be room between the frame and body shell of the truck box to add a battery tray/holder.

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