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#3429779 - 07/20/14 12:21 AM Motorcraft OE Batteries
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
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Loc: NEO
I was wondering today, as I cleaned under the hood of the focus, who actually makes Motorcraft OE batteries these days? Last I recall, it was Interstate wasn't it? The last long-term experience I had with a MC battery was the OE one on our old expedition, which lasted from late 02 until early 2009 or so before it started to fail to start it during cold weather.
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#3429780 - 07/20/14 12:24 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
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Johnson Control from the looks of the vent caps
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#3429788 - 07/20/14 12:42 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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Johnson Control makes the batteries for Ford as well as Interstate.
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#3429791 - 07/20/14 12:53 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
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Loc: Michigan
Pretty much JC from what I noticed....and some Interstate thrown in there too...

Makes me wonder if all the batteries will be JC....
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#3429793 - 07/20/14 12:56 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
Nitrofan1 Offline


Registered: 12/22/11
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Loc: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Correct. JC makes Motorcraft, around 90% of Interstate, Advance Auto & Auto Zone.
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#3429794 - 07/20/14 12:57 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
dave1251 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 7622
Loc: Maricopa, AZ
Funny you ask this. I just replaced my wife's dead OE Motorcraft on her Focus. It was a Johnson Control. Replaced it another Johnson Control Duralast.

I am fairly happy with a OE battery lasting 5 years considering the vehicles we own are operated in everything from hot desert in the summer to cold alpine forest in the winter.
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#3429877 - 07/20/14 06:44 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 3954
Loc: USA
I have seen MC batteries last 10 years as OEM installs.Amazing.Funny you cant get that out of an IS,as I have seen a lot fail in 2-3 years.

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#3429958 - 07/20/14 08:42 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
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The ford batteries were always well known for lasting longer than they should. I think this will be the last winter on my Focus' OE battery. It's coming up on 4 years old this spring.

As a rule, I replace my batteries every 4 years.
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#3430463 - 07/20/14 06:14 PM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
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autocraft is the exactly same thing, all made in mexico
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#3430605 - 07/20/14 08:32 PM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
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Registered: 01/25/08
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Loc: Guilford, CT
My 2006 Ranger still has its factory original Motorcraft battery. I tested it with a battery tester recently and it still puts more cranking amps than it's rated for.
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#3430744 - 07/20/14 10:15 PM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
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Loc: Southeast Louisiana
Perhaps my wife's Fusion is an exception to the rule. About 4 months ago, the original battery went belly up and was replaced under warranty.
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#3430788 - 07/20/14 11:40 PM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: 97f150]
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Registered: 12/22/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Originally Posted By: 97f150
Perhaps my wife's Fusion is an exception to the rule. About 4 months ago, the original battery went belly up and was replaced under warranty.


There is no absolute on wet batteries anymore. The "wet" lead acid battery has reached it's evolutionary max. Technology has finally beat the wet battery and it is why we'll be seeing the dry cell, agm and lithium batteries slowly take it's place.

Even the best wet batteries can fail very quickly. They still have a place in the market but as time goes on and the other types get cheaper we'll see fewer wet batteries. I have pro-rated a lot more batteries in the last 5 years than the 25 years prior. I don't blame the batteries but their inability to keep up with the times.
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#3430793 - 07/21/14 12:00 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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We replace batteries under the NVLW occasionally. Usually it involves someone leaving lights on or a power port plugged in charging something excessively.
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#3430881 - 07/21/14 07:32 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: bdcardinal]
badtlc Offline


Registered: 06/08/06
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Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
Johnson Control makes the batteries for Ford as well as Interstate.


Enersys/odyssey make the MK7 line for Interstate.
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#3431001 - 07/21/14 10:28 AM Re: Motorcraft OE Batteries [Re: Nick R]
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Registered: 10/05/08
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My Focus battery lasted about 4 years. I don't expect much more than that out of a battery.
Replaced it with a DieHard. I noticed a big difference right off. Even when my Motorcraft was new it didn't crank as well as the DieHard.
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