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Old 25 Feb 2004, 03:23 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I put a new battery in my 95 Camry at Wal-mart in July 2000. The brand is
EverLast. Now it is over 3 years and half. I am not quite sure if it is time
to change it again. Before the battery is dying, what kind of sign can I
feel when driving? Should I change it to a new one now before I can't get my
car started? So far the car runs fine.



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Old 25 Feb 2004, 04:41 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"kk" <kk_us@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I put a new battery in my 95 Camry at Wal-mart in July 2000. The brand is
> EverLast. Now it is over 3 years and half. I am not quite sure if it is

time
> to change it again. Before the battery is dying, what kind of sign can I
> feel when driving? Should I change it to a new one now before I can't get

my
> car started? So far the car runs fine.
>

There are currently 3 different models of Everlast. So it depends on which
one you bought. If you bought the most expensive one, I would just check the
water level (use distilled water only) and keep it.


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Old 25 Feb 2004, 04:55 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I bought the cheapest one, around $35 at Wal-mart in July 2000. Is it time
now to change to a new one?
"Mark A" <ma@switchboard.net> wrote in message
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> "kk" <kk_us@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:c1j3nd$1immrk$1@ID-48684.news.uni-berlin.de...
> > I put a new battery in my 95 Camry at Wal-mart in July 2000. The brand

is
> > EverLast. Now it is over 3 years and half. I am not quite sure if it is

> time
> > to change it again. Before the battery is dying, what kind of sign can I
> > feel when driving? Should I change it to a new one now before I can't

get
> my
> > car started? So far the car runs fine.
> >

> There are currently 3 different models of Everlast. So it depends on which
> one you bought. If you bought the most expensive one, I would just check

the
> water level (use distilled water only) and keep it.
>
>



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Old 26 Feb 2004, 08:38 am   #4 (permalink)
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"kk" <kk_us@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<c1j3nd$1immrk$1@ID-48684.news.uni-berlin.de>...

I am not quite sure if it is time
> to change it again. Before the battery is dying, what kind of sign


Search the Internet for "temperature compensated hydrometer" or just
buy the cheap version with floating colored plastic pieces.
Be really careful with the battery electrolyte (sulfuric acid).
You should be able to measure the state of charge of each cell by
reading the specific gravity on the hydrometer (how much acid is in
solution versus absorbed by the battery plates).
Try recharging the battery to bring up the reading if low.
If one cell is lower than the others, or they cannot be brought up to
good condition after charging, go ahead and replace the battery.
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Old 26 Feb 2004, 07:12 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Any mechanic can perform a load test
on it to see if it is still healthy.
Or you can buy the tester yourself for
about $30.
Keep the terminals clean, water topped
up and that is all you can do.
I have been getting 100,000 miles from
my batteries.
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Old 28 Feb 2004, 04:36 am   #6 (permalink)
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On 2004-02-25, kk <kk_us@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I put a new battery in my 95 Camry at Wal-mart in July 2000. The brand is
> EverLast. Now it is over 3 years and half. I am not quite sure if it is time
> to change it again. Before the battery is dying, what kind of sign can I
> feel when driving? Should I change it to a new one now before I can't get my
> car started? So far the car runs fine.


Having replaced my battery about 3 months ago - my experience with
what happens when the damned thing dies is rather fresh. It decided
to die at the servo where I was filling up. I'll count my blessings
for that, since I was able to buy a new one and be on my way.

Anyways, pretty sure signs that something is wrong with the battery are:
1). dimmer lights when driving.
2). longer times to start up - by that I mean how long you have to
spin the engine until it starts on itself.
3). Once it's dead, it won't recharge and you may not be able to jumpstart
your car with the battery in the circuit as it may well act like a
short-circuit, or something very close to it.


My Camry is a CSI, '99 model, so the noises it made with the battery
dead may not be the same with yours, but I can tell you that the sound
was pretty much the sound of a coffee-grinder under the bonnet. And no
start what-so-ever.

What else can I say? Ah, I think the old battery was the original one
delivered with the car. That means from 1999 to 2003, that's a fair
way. Probably what contributed to its death was that I did not check
to see if it had enough water in the cells which probably might've
helped. Once declared dead, I popped the caps and there was a rather
strong smell of sulphur coming out of it (which if I recall well, it's
not a terribly good thing)

In the end - if you have doubts about the battery, take to someone
who has a battery tester and put it to the test. Probably it won't cost
you too much - if at all, and you'll have the peace of mind for a while
that your battery's good. Oh, and make sure you don't let the acid
concentrate in the cells, put some *distilled water* in any cell that
seems to have the liquid under the normal level. RTFM for the battery
to see where's the level and how much you have to fill it with water.
And remember - that's really nasty acid in there, do not overfill it.

B.

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Old 01 Mar 2004, 07:18 am   #7 (permalink)
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I usually get my batteries at Auto-zone, 40 bucks for a decent one. They keep
records on their computer and so far no hassles about getting credit if the
battery dies before the 5 years or whatever. Also a lot easier then carrying a
battery through a Wal-mart store and trying to find a part time high school kid
that always seems to be the one who is working automotive learn what a warranty
is, let alone how to figure one. I think my 98 Toyota still has the original
battery and it made it through the winter OK. I've had batteries fail slowly
they keep losing power and finally won't recharge enough to start the car, and
I've had them fail quickly, working fine and then all of a sudden just crap out
when I go to start the car. I use a self regulating battery maintainer on the
cars or pickup if it is going to sit for a while (two weeks or more) and I won't
be driving it. That helps a lot to keep them lasting longer. A car battery is
not made to be deep cycled, run completely down and then charged, they last
longest when the car starts easy and needs little recharging to bring it back up
to full capacity. How long will a cheap 40 dollar battery last? I'd say 4 to
6 years, more likely 4. About 10 bucks a year is what I'd say it costs to
keep a battery in a car.

kk wrote:

> I bought the cheapest one, around $35 at Wal-mart in July 2000. Is it time
> now to change to a new one?
> "Mark A" <ma@switchboard.net> wrote in message
> news:kw9%b.43$mA3.52170@news.uswest.net...
> > "kk" <kk_us@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:c1j3nd$1immrk$1@ID-48684.news.uni-berlin.de...
> > > I put a new battery in my 95 Camry at Wal-mart in July 2000. The brand

> is
> > > EverLast. Now it is over 3 years and half. I am not quite sure if it is

> > time
> > > to change it again. Before the battery is dying, what kind of sign can I
> > > feel when driving? Should I change it to a new one now before I can't

> get
> > my
> > > car started? So far the car runs fine.
> > >

> > There are currently 3 different models of Everlast. So it depends on which
> > one you bought. If you bought the most expensive one, I would just check

> the
> > water level (use distilled water only) and keep it.
> >
> >


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Old 01 Mar 2004, 06:55 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Autozone will check your battery for free.
Should you need a new one,they have some of the best deals.I had very
good service on the one I purchased there.
Good Luck.

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