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R.I.P Mighty Warrior 9-1/2 old battery laid to rest
Posted 30 April 2005 - 09:34 AM
I took good care of it. I made sure fluid levels were up and the posts were clean. I keep anti-corrosion felt discs on the posts and a penny somewhere on the top to be a magnet for stray corrosion.
The car is an outdoor car year round. We have a block warmer and we use it when it gets below 20 degrees (my wife is not fond of cold and she uses the heated seat until it is about 40 degrees). Winter lows can be around 0 degrees (or lower for short stretches) and summer highs of 85 degrees (or higher for short stretches).
I know a new battery is only $50 to $60 (2 tanks of gas) but making that one last was a mission for me. When I replaced the battery it still turned the car over and started but it was slow.
The battery is survived by its lifetime partner the 1996 Outback with 2.2 engine and 5-speed transmission. Preceding it in death is a knock sensor, catalytic converter (rusted flange) and routine maintenance items such as belts, seals and tires. In leu of flowers donations can be made to the USMB. The Warrior will be interred at AutoZone or wherever recycled batteries are accepted. Just as in life the battery wishes to give by living out it's after years as the components of another battery.
Posted 30 April 2005 - 10:24 AM
Posted 30 April 2005 - 12:54 PM
Posted 30 April 2005 - 06:15 PM
I think that's quite an achievement and it's always a pleasure to hear about people making an effort to make things last. Ignore your battery and it will go away....
Posted 30 April 2005 - 09:45 PM
Shows how long stuff will last if you take care of it, vs. not getting proper maintance.
Posted 30 April 2005 - 11:10 PM
Posted 01 May 2005 - 03:03 PM
snipQUOTE]I have read on this group and read in Consumer Reports that heat is what kills a battery (evaporation) and cold is what saps the power (less chemical reaction). I think our block heater is what makes the car easier to spin in the cold thus requiring less cold cranking amps.
Posted 01 May 2005 - 05:14 PM
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