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Old 01-31-2008, 01:06 PM
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Question Best Battery For The Cold

Alright, so I went out to the truck this morning and she was having a hard time starting. I know that the battery is going so I am suspecting that this is the case. I was just wondering what battery you all recommend when it comes to the cold. I know that the CCA are really important and was wondering what works from experience.

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Well i would get on with at least 675 cca what i run in the 351 and my dad has one with like 800 or something like that cca so taht matter for surely and it sure makes a difference having more cca he has a 302 as well
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CCA stands for 'cold cranking amps'. Get the battery with the highest cca rating that will fit in the battery tray. A few minutes on the phone should give you a good canvas of what is available in your area. These will also be the most expensive batteries so price may be a factor if the budget is tight.
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My son install audio system, lights and accessories in trucks and cars. He always tell me that Optima "red top" battery is the best. It is a sealed unit and the lead plates constructions are different that the "traditional" which withstands vibration much better.
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Motorcraft BXT-65-850 - this is what I am using in my truck, it came with the Motorcraft BXT-65-650. They are dimensionaly the same size. It hasnt left me stranded yet even in -35 degree celcius weather.
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Optima batteries in my area are twice the price and have no better warranty or expected life in the cold (according to the Optima dealer). By cold I mean it was -15F 2 days ago.

There are only 3 manufacturers of car "traditional" car batteries outside of Optima. Personally, I didn't go with the Optima and haven't regretted it one bit.
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hmmmm....you guys are coming up with some interesting facts....keep em coming!
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Do they still make the old Sears die hard batteries? they were pretty good back in the day.
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Wallmart sells a pretty good battery at a pretty good price. I'm running a 850 cca one im my F250 SD.
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BlueOvalFitter,
I never thought to look at consumer reports. Thanks for the heads up. I will have to start comparing the cca's of those batteries to see what one will be the best for me. Thanks for all of the info guys,
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Rule of thumb on batteries: Get the best warrently and highest CCA that you can, I like the Bosch battery, 3 year full replacement warrently and 96 months pro rated also at 850 CCA
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Just dropped a Walmart battery into my '05. Out here in the desert batteries dont last very long, so decided 3yrs was enough for the stock one. They had a 850cca that was smaller in size than the HD battery that came with the truck. About $70 and 9yr warranty with 3yr free replacement.
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I am in Las Vegas so I know what you mean
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