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Old 05-17-2019, 11:24 PM
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Good Afternoon All,

Yes, it is a good day, nothing fatal here! HOWEVER, with a beautiful morning in Arizona (Friday @ 8:30am), I felt it was time to hit the road and enjoy. After a few windy days recently, I was reeeeeeeeealing looking forward taking in the calm blue sky weather. OOOOPS, one "HUGE" problem, went to start my "Darling" with the key fob and "NOTHING-ZERO", dead as a rock. I have a 2017 GS Z07 low miles and wanted to hit the canyons ASAP and time was passing me by. I thought to myself, dead key fob battery, no big deal! Upon returning with a new Lithium battery for the Fob (Autozone) and after an easy install, I pressed the Fob button and "NOTHING-ZERO"!!! As my beautiful day was wasting away, patience was not my virtue....LOL!

Ok......, I popped my trunk with the key from my Fob and confirmed my suspicions: DEAD BATTERY (no lights, no electrical, NOTHING-ZERO)! Realizing the stock battery was hopefully the culprit, time to replace. Unsecuring the battery was a little time consuming, but removing the battery was a pain in the "****" (a second pair of hands/buddy was a welcome relief). After removing the battery, I replaced it with a Duralast AGM Platinum ($215.00) & 900 CCA vs. 615 CCA from stock battery. After about 30 minutes, with my buddies assistance, my "Darling" fired right up (YAH.....OH YA!!!!!). Reprogramming the car was easy, instrument panel informs you how to proceed.....

Moral of this short story:

* Stock battery in Arizona heat = approx. 2 1/2 years.
* Get a buddy to help lift the stock battery (60 lbs) out of vehicle.
* Don't get pissed off.
* Install 30 minutes, minus trip to Autozone.
* Have gratitude for life/family and that you own/drive a Vette.

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Hi neighbor. Coincidentally, I replaced mine at 30 months. It was working good, but for the money I just simply replaced it rather than wait until it failed. I know how the heat plays with batteries around here. And I didn't do it myself. I would have a hard time lifting a barbell that weighed 60 lbs, let alone pulling the battery out of that hole in the trunk.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:42 AM
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Hey guys, using a battery tender on a regular basis should get you way beyond 2.5 years for battery life. Unless you don't have a garage, the $25 investment (Black & Decker battery tender) would save you the money and time of having to replace the battery so soon. Just suggestion..
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:34 AM
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Peeps from NJ just don't understand what AZ does to batteries. Between the low humidity and 118 degrees the average for batteries is about 2.5 years out here. I owned 2 shops in Jersey and I own a shop out here in AZ. I install easily 10 times more batteries out here in AZ.
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Yo Guys, use two vise grips on the battery posts and lift the battery out. IT WORKS
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Originally Posted by RUSTYNKL View Post
Yo Guys, use two vise grips on the battery posts and lift the battery out. IT WORKS
Or a battery lifting strap ... cheap and safer

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question, is the battery not covered under a 3 year 36 month warranty or 36,000 miles? I ask because I had a SUV that was covered less than 36 months like 33 months and under 36,000 miles.
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question, is the battery not covered under a 3 year 36 month warranty or 36,000 miles? I ask because I had a SUV that was covered less than 36 months like 33 months and under 36,000 miles.
Should be as part of the bumper-to-bumper warranty
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Should be as part of the bumper-to-bumper warranty
Yeah, unless you screwed with the battery somehow, theres no way a good battery goes dead that fast so it should be covered under the 3yr/36k mile warranty.
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Glad you got it fixed and were able to get the car out for a cruise, even if it was delayed a bit.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Mobil 1 View Post
Peeps from NJ just don't understand what AZ does to batteries. Between the low humidity and 118 degrees the average for batteries is about 2.5 years out here. I owned 2 shops in Jersey and I own a shop out here in AZ. I install easily 10 times more batteries out here in AZ.
Agreed, I lived in AZ for 9 years, wish we were still there, the heat kills batteries in 2+ years!! I didn’t understand it until living there.

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How ironic. Last night, my car "attempted" to start without success. I had "just" taken it off the CTEK charger and it showed good. I drove about 10miles, parked, came back out and dead. A random person offered this slick battery jump charger thing. It was the size of a wallet and hooked up easily with small alligator clamps. Started right up. Looking at the Optima H6 now or see if I can warranty.
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How ironic. Last night, my car "attempted" to start without success. I had "just" taken it off the CTEK charger and it showed good. I drove about 10miles, parked, came back out and dead. A random person offered this slick battery jump charger thing. It was the size of a wallet and hooked up easily with small alligator clamps. Started right up. Looking at the Optima H6 now or see if I can warranty.
Where did you physically connect the jump start device? Up front or at the battery in back?
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Where did you physically connect the jump start device? Up front or at the battery in back?
In the back. It clamp/hooked up easily to positive/negative ... pushed ignition button, started right up. I just ordered one. I won't get stuck like that again.
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question, is the battery not covered under a 3 year 36 month warranty or 36,000 miles? I ask because I had a SUV that was covered less than 36 months like 33 months and under 36,000 miles.

Great question,

I wouldn't be surprised, but on this particular day I just wanted to get out on the road and let it rip!!! As time was a factor, I just traded in my stock Delco battery to Autozone, hurried back, warmed up my lower back and pulled that heavy "brick" out of the battery compartment (no fun!!); I will use straps next time!

One thing that I forgot to add......cover the right rear quarter panel with a heavy soft towel; no scratches on the paint!!!!!
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You call your car Darling?

Just replaced the battery in my ‘14. It lasted just over 5 years.
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Hey guys, using a battery tender on a regular basis should get you way beyond 2.5 years for battery life. Unless you don't have a garage, the $25 investment (Black & Decker battery tender) would save you the money and time of having to replace the battery so soon. Just suggestion..
I ashamed to admit that I did not know this (nor did I every really think about it). Does this remain true if you drive your car frequently, like every day or every other day?

Even if true, I don't think there's much of anything that will significantly extend battery life here in AZ. I have three cars in the stable and it feels like all I do is change batteries. Costso does a good job of tracking warranty for you. I've walked out of there with a number of batteries without ever getting out my credit card.
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As I had written in another post,car delivered 2/15, original battery. Also use Deltran battery tender if car is going to sit for more than two days. No problems so far.
Re: comment from AZ poster, I agree batteries here don't last much more than 2-3 years IF they're located under the hood, as has been my experience with my '07 Lexus.
Heat really isn't a factor for batteries located in a trunk (my previous BMW which went over 6 years on its original battery before the car was totalled) or the C7, in which the battery is not only located under the hatch, but also under carpeting. It just doesn't get that hot under the hatch regardless of the outside temp.
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My battery is coming up on 4 years old this July but our weather is much milder than AZ and my car is always connected to a CTEK whenever it is parked in my garage. I do have a question about the install. Did you hook up your car to one of those thingamajigs that keeps your memory settings? If not, did you have to reset your radio stations, seat settings, NAV settings etc.? Thanks.
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I ashamed to admit that I did not know this (nor did I every really think about it). Does this remain true if you drive your car frequently, like every day or every other day?
My battery lasted 5 years. I drive mine daily. The longest itís ever been parked without starting it was a couple of weeks. I have a battery tender that came with the car; itís never been used.
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