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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-02-2011, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well my battery has been giving me issues at cold days, -38 in the morning and it didn't want to turn over. Just wondering what you guys have had for good experience with batteries in our extreme colds. When i get back from GP i have to buy one.
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Even a really good battery is going to start having problems at those low temperatures.
Batteries depend on a chemical reaction to produce electric current. Chemical reactions slow down the more the temperature drops. You need to raise the temperature of the reaction.

I use an electric battery blanket along with my block heater. A battery warmer is easy to install and only around $30, or so.

The real advantage to this is that once I start the truck and unplug the block heater/battery warmer, the battery remains warm while the alternator is charging it. A cold battery won't accept a charge as well as a warm one. This also increases the life of the battery.

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Yeah makes sense, but I do need a new battery regardless so might as well buy a good one instead of cheaping out. Thanks for input guys.

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Just my experience, but over the years I've had all sorts of different batteries, from top of the line expensive Sears Die-Hard, to the el-cheapo ones they keep under the counter at Canadian Tire for $40.

The expensive batteries have consistently crapped-out on me sooner than the cheap ones.

Oddly enough, I've had the best luck with the el-cheapos. Just keep 'em clean and make sure they're topped up with distilled, de-ionized water (not tap water). YMMV.

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I have always used Motocraft batteries from Ford. They last a long time and have never left me stranded. After 25 years of owning Ford trucks I probably buy a new battery every 5 yrs. I just replace my old one at the first sign it gets weak which is usually the first cold day in the fall. The stock battery in my 1987 Ranger lasted 7 years and I replaced because it was 7 years old not because it didn't work.

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4-5 years is the life span of a battery that lives in canada worm/cold weather..... i wish we all lived in Arizona... no rust and batteries lived forever...lol

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4-5 years is the life span of a battery that lives in canada worm/cold weather..... i wish we all lived in Arizona... no rust and batteries lived forever...lol
hahah ya if only we had that climate, I like living up here :D

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IF you don't mind spending a little more get an Odyssey IMO these battery's do better then the optima but they are more pricey .,,
http://www.odysseybattery.com/batteries.html

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IF you don't mind spending a little more get an Odyssey IMO these battery's do better then the optima but they are more pricey .,,
http://www.odysseybattery.com/batteries.html
Appreciated! And no i dont mind dishing out for good stuff, thanks will look into it for sure!

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