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Dee18

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Car battery recommendation?
« on: June 30, 2024, 07:16:48 AM »
My 27 year old has a 19 year old Honda Accord (in great shape at 150,000 miles) that hasnít been driven for about 7 weeks because she was out of town. It has been parked in the open in extremely hot weather.   The two places I  would recommend to her are closed on Sunday.  Open near her are Walmart, Pep Boys, Auto ZoneÖand other chain store.  Does anyone have a rec for a place that will be honest whether she actually needs a new battery and, if so, will sell her a decent battery at a fair price?

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Re: Car battery recommendation?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2024, 07:46:35 AM »
It might really vary slightly by location, but the chains like Auto Zone and Advance Auto Parts would always bring a tester out to the car. It recharges the battery and tests voltage and maybe can tell if it's running down or holding the charge. So there's no human guesswork really, beyond maybe interpreting the numbers one way or another. But in my experience the staff at these locations generally like helping out someone who has brought their car to them. (Obviously that can vary, and you could get someone that hates their job, or a money-hungry franchise owner, though they probably don't work the front lines.)

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Re: Car battery recommendation?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2024, 07:49:44 AM »
Just because the battery drained while sitting for almost 2 months, doesn't mean she needs a new battery.  I know Auto Zone will check, for free, the battery strength and whether the alternator is functioning.  There will also be a date (probably on the side, either a sticker or etched into the plastic) on the battery that tells you the month and year the battery was manufactured.  If its over 5 years old, you might want a new battery.

Did she get it jump started?  If yes, the first thing would be to drive it around for a while, maybe an hour, to let the battery recharge from the alternator.  Letting it sit with the engine idling won't make the alternator spin fast enough to create enough voltage to charge the battery, hence driving it. 

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Re: Car battery recommendation?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2024, 07:58:46 AM »
Thanks!  Iíll tell her to go to AutoZone which is only a mile away.

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Re: Car battery recommendation?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2024, 11:22:04 PM »
If there's a Costco nearby they sell batteries at good prices. I just bought one today, was on the way to O'Reilly when I remembered I could get one at Costco so revised course.

 

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