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Old 01-03-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Battery Box Pop Quiz

Here's the question:

On a modern tow vehicle, in this case a 2007 F-150, the battery is contained on a nifty plastic box. What is the purpose of the nifty plastic box?
  • 1. To protect the vehicle from battery acid.
  • 2. To protect the battery from the extreme environment of the engine compartment and thus extend it's life.
  • 3. It looks nice.
  • 4. All of the above.
  • 5. None of the above. The box is in case the dealer must replace your battery under warranty he can swap your factory group 65 for a replacement group 59 and you will not know about it until 6 1/2 years later!!

The correct answer is "5"... well, it least the little battery lasted 6 1/2 years. But still, you have to watch these folks like a hawk and you shouldn't have to.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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I thought my new 30 pound propane bottles were swapped out at the dealer for ones with only a year left based on the manufacture date I saw.

Once I found out what to look for (and where) I discovered I was wrong; but I was mad for a LONG time.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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I stuck a NAPA "Legend" Group 65 in there today. I wanted to beat the extreme cold that's coming. The truck has been turning over slow last few weeks and this morning at 23 deg indicated on the dash thermometer it r-e-a-l-l-y didn't wanna crank. And it had sat undriven for 2 days. So I knew it was getting time for a battery.

Better to buy a battery on my terms, not out of panic/sudden necessity.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:37 PM   #4
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I stuck a NAPA "Legend" Group 65 in there today. I wanted to beat the extreme cold that's coming. The truck has been turning over slow last few weeks and this morning at 23 deg indicated on the dash thermometer it r-e-a-l-l-y didn't wanna crank. And it had sat undriven for 2 days. So I knew it was getting time for a battery.

Better to buy a battery on my terms, not out of panic/sudden necessity.
Smart move - around here the hot summer heat seems to be the cause of a lot of marginally weak batteries giving up the ghost.
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:30 PM   #5
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Went out to crank the truck at 23*F.

Ziiiiiinng! Wow, been a long time since the starter spun things over that fast. Fired right up. Batteries die slowly. I had gotten accustom to a mildly sluggish start.

Now I'm ready for that 9*F stuff next week.
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