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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chevy S-10 Battery problems

I buy "blems" or "reconditioned" batteries at the Interstate battery
store. One of mine lasted 8-3/4 years. They're only guaranteed for 90
days, but they are either blemished (a minor blem) or a battery that
was sitting on a retail shelf for 90 days and brought back for
"reconditioning" by charging and they have to meet the same test as a
new one. Those on retailers' shelves are probably less than 90 days
old.

They were, the last time I checked, the battery with the least number
of returns for initial defects. They cost a little more for the brand
new ones, but much less for the blems and recons. Figure around $45 if
you buy the latter. At that price, if it lasted 3 years, it would be
worth it, but every one I've bought has lasted longer than that, and
some survive until I sell the vehicle. And I keep mine until they're
not worth much, as my goal is to get 250,000 miles out of the vehicles
if I can and if they aren't wrecked. Then I sell them and buy another
newer but used one in satisfactory condition.

4 comments:

  1. You could but why? Cutting the cables and putting on a top post connector is not advised as they will corrode and give you problems and buying new cables and putting them on is more trouble than installing a side post battery. Use a good battery like interstate and you wont have to mess with it. If you still want to use a top post, they sell rubber covers that go over the cable ends to protect ehm just make sure the battery isn't taller than the old one.

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  2. i may just get the adapter that will convert it to sidepost where i can run it still. i could always sit it in there and close hood to see.

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  3. You'll want to protect the posts before you close the hood or you
    might be in for an unpleasant and possibly dangerous.surprise.

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  4. I've been having all kinds of battery issues. I don't know what it is, but for some reason the battery just doesn't charge. I've had to jump my car three times already this week. What would you guys recommend I do at this point?
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