Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Old Lady's Car Battery

Last week when I had the oil & filter changed on The Old Lady's car the battery went tits up. The funny part is the car started after the oil change to check for leaks and then I shut it off and paid the bill. Then it wouldn't start, just made funny noises when I turned the key. They jumped it going with one of those booster packs.

Anywho, I went home and cleaned the terminals and checked to make sure all the cells had water/acid and thought that would do it. (Kicking myself for not checking the cells with a hydrometer as I have two, one with the little balls and an old school one like a big turkey baster that I got for a couple of bucks at a St. Vinnies a few years ago.) Last Monday we were going to go to town for bread and milk and the car wouldn't start, just made the funny noises again. Checked to see if we had any kind of warranty on the battery, turns out even with the "extended warranty" the battery is only covered under the 3yr/36,000 mile original warranty. The car is 3&1/2yrs old and has 56,000 miles on it, so SOL. If I didn't know better, I would think they got their batteries from Wally-World because their NEVERSTART batteries only last a couple of months past the warranty too!!

Took and swapped the battery for the plow out of my Jeep  for the car battery and was able to use the car yesterday to go vote. The battery is the same size other than not being quite as tall and the posts were positioned slightly different, but I got it hooked up. (It actually has a 50 more cold cranking amps.) Hopefully the car battery will work to operate the plow on the Jeep as it will be running while it is in use. The car battery has one dead cell, but with the Jeep running all the battery needs to do is keep the cables from shorting out on inner fender.


  1. I never get more than four years out of a battery. No idea why they give out.

  2. What happens when all the hybrid car batteries go past warranty? You think you have an expensive problem....

  3. I thought I heard about one hybrid car that had a lifetime warranty on the battery, but don't remember which one it was.

    How about the Tesla?? From what I understand it has what amounts to hundreds of batteries like those in a laptop computer. What happens when it no longer holds a charge?? Do you change all of them or find the bad ones and replace just those??


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