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Old 04-15-2018, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by AtTheLake View Post
Exactly, original battery, which also mellows my concern about the carfax battery service/replacement remark.
I always plan on replacing the factory battery at the three year mark. The summers and high underhood temps around here kill the batteries .
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Originally Posted by AtTheLake View Post
I really appreciate the replies. I am pretty cynical and suppose I should knock out the most probable issues before thinking its something parasitic. Battery manufactured in December of 2014, so almost 3.5 years. Makes sense to get a new one sometime soon. Just praying it starts tomorrow before work!

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3 Years is about all I get out of AGM batteries, Optimas seem to last 5+ years for some reason?
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:26 PM
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Exactly, original battery, which also mellows my concern about the carfax battery service/replacement remark.
Yup, the first one that croaked in my garage was a 1+ year old Mercedes E-320. The second one was a Caddy SRX at 2+ years old.

On both of them the service guys put a voltmeter on the battery and replaced them. Never even tried a jump.

So between that and the batteries that randomly croaked in various parking lots, over the years, I've determined that they work like light bulbs, on today, dead tomorrow.

So now I carry a battery jumper pack, even if it is a PITA to charge it every 3 months.
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I only give any battery 3 years and then replace. Trucks cars and motorcycles get replaced at 3 years/
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:49 PM
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so aside from just changing the battery - which I suspect you might still need.

Not knowing all the specifics of your truck make sure the CCA value of the new battery meets the spec need for your vehicle. There are at least 2 different batteries on the F150. I know one is smaller than the other. Both however fit the tray but if you need the higher CCA make sure you use that one.

Another thing overlooked with age - even young age is to check over those battery cables for corrosion - especially at the alternator and the starter.
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Originally Posted by Napalm View Post
so aside from just changing the battery - which I suspect you might still need.

Not knowing all the specifics of your truck make sure the CCA value of the new battery meets the spec need for your vehicle. There are at least 2 different batteries on the F150. I know one is smaller than the other. Both however fit the tray but if you need the higher CCA make sure you use that one.

Another thing overlooked with age - even young age is to check over those battery cables for corrosion - especially at the alternator and the starter.
Just a quick update. Brought in the truck to the dealership today. Got the same battery that came with the truck, Motorcraft 730CCA. Came with 100 month warranty and free tow with new battery installation/exchange. Also, had the dealership recalibrate (reset) the BMS to make sure the state of charge was correct to begin with, rather than do the 8 hours sleep time recommended in the manual for BMS systems after battery change. I called two other dealers in the area and they had no clue what I was talking about when I asked if they do the BMS reset after battery changes. Even the dealer I brought it to said most people do not ask for it and just drive off after a change, but they were aware of the reset and did so per my request (rather be safe than sorry). I'm pretty surprised this is not standard or even understood by all Ford dealers...

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Old 04-16-2018, 08:43 PM
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Might be the known "dead battery" issue that happens with ford trucks. My died all the time no matter what battery i put in. Finally gave up and traded the truck in. Make sure you document it with ford dealer and you can file a lemon law i would.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:48 PM
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I came across the same issue, if you’re on the West Coast take it to advanced or autozone and get the battery checked. Mine turned out to be fine. Think my son left the dome light on in the back.
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Originally Posted by 2quik View Post
Might be the known "dead battery" issue that happens with ford trucks. My died all the time no matter what battery i put in. Finally gave up and traded the truck in. Make sure you document it with ford dealer and you can file a lemon law i would.
Considering it still had the original battery in it and the previous owner never had it replaced, I am erring on the side of optimism here that it was just in fact in need of a battery change.
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So..... after just at 36 months and just out of the B to B warranty, came out this morning and......NADA!!!! No lights, etc.... I tried applying my trusty battery analyzer and charger.... reported just 6.6V...... dang.....

Seems the factory battery "black top" is only covered for 36 months..... so.... took it out and traded it in (core charge) for a brand new 730CCA BXT-94RH7-730 PN 10655 "red top" version..... costed $129 plus tax..... but it has a 36 month free replacement and 100 month pro-rated coverage.

Slapped that puppy in and ....Zoom..... problems solved.....smile..... now everything will have to "re-learn" my driving habits, but a small price to pay......AZPLAT
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