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#1063369 - 01/12/08 10:22 PM Autocraft Battery
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3024
Loc: Clermont, Florida
Does anyone here know who makes the AutoCraft battery sold at AAP? My old battery died when I was at AAP the other night and I had no choice but to buy their battery. I count myself very lucky that it died at the parts store and not on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. I got the Silver 84 month middle-priced one but I don't know much about their quality. I have always heard that the Interstate brand was the best, then the NAPA battery. Any info is appreciated...
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#1063401 - 01/12/08 10:58 PM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Jimmy9190]
-Clayton- Offline


Registered: 10/27/05
Posts: 1261
Loc: KY
I believe Johnson Controls makes those, Should do the job just fine.
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#1063548 - 01/13/08 08:46 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: -Clayton-]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 13557
Loc: Upstate NY
Look in Consumer Reports, they often rater batteries. Interstate does not always rate at the top. Quite often a Sears Diehard does.
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#1063556 - 01/13/08 09:02 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 3161
Loc: North Arkansas
After years in the auto repair industry, I'd never rate Interstate anywhere near the top.

Bob
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#1063566 - 01/13/08 09:15 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: alreadygone]
Spector Offline


Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 3216
Loc: Chattanooga, TN
I have used them in multiple cars over the past 7 years, great, only once needed a replacement, no questions asked, just did it. I switch them out at 5 years or so just to prevent the hassle of a dead battery, $70-80 is worth not having a jump or tow from a dead battery so every 5 years or so for me. I highly recommend them along with the free installation. Get the highest CCA one that will fit into the space provided


Edited by Spector (01/13/08 09:16 AM)

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#1063610 - 01/13/08 10:40 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Spector]
Jimmy9190 Offline


Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3024
Loc: Clermont, Florida
Thanks for the responses. I did some research after Clayton said they are made by Johnson Controls and found out these are very good batteries. This one is 750 cca, I am pretty sure the OE battery was only 600 cca so it should do fine, and the price was reasonable. I'll have to look at replaceing it in about 3 years because of the heat here in Florida. Thanks for the help guys.
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#1063630 - 01/13/08 11:34 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Jimmy9190]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 20764
Loc: Colorado Springs
I was under the impression that Autocraft (AAP) and Autolite (CSK) (same thing different label) batteries are Excide.

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#1063631 - 01/13/08 11:40 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Drew99GT]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 20764
Loc: Colorado Springs
Oops, looks like "some" Autocraft's are JC and not Exide.

http://jgdarden.com/batteryfaq/batbrand.htm#A

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#1063654 - 01/13/08 12:26 PM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Drew99GT]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1742
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
I just checked the Autocraft Titanium in my wifes car and it says Johnson Controls made it. Most of the batteries sold here in the south are made by Johnson Controls though.
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#1063682 - 01/13/08 01:21 PM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: 97f150]
brianl703 Offline


Registered: 05/07/04
Posts: 10487
Loc: Manassas, VA
Most of the Autocrafts in the Advance Auto stores around here are Johnson Controls. The only ones that aren't are the marine batteries and the lawn/garden tractor batteries. I think those are made by Exide.

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#1064252 - 01/14/08 09:48 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: brianl703]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 13557
Loc: Upstate NY
It may not be a good idea to get the highest CCA you can for same size battery. You should get the CCA your car came with (rounded up to what is available).

The battery companies have to make some tradeoffs to get more CCAs in a given size and mostly its thinner and weaker plates that provide more surface area, thus more CCA.
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#1064260 - 01/14/08 09:58 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: Donald]
doitmyself Offline


Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 4754
Loc: MI
Hey Donald,

I'm glad you brought that up because I heard the same thing from my Interstate dealer.....in a given size, the biggest CCA battery might not last as long due to the thinner plates and/or less "insulation" (electrolyte) surrounding them.

Anyone else know about this?

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#1064315 - 01/14/08 10:48 AM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: doitmyself]
Drew99GT Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 20764
Loc: Colorado Springs
I've heard that as well, and the result is over the long run, you may end up with less CCA as the battery ages.

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#1064379 - 01/14/08 12:18 PM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: doitmyself]
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Registered: 01/04/06
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Loc: North Arkansas
 Originally Posted By: doitmyself
Hey Donald,

I'm glad you brought that up because I heard the same thing from my Interstate dealer.....in a given size, the biggest CCA battery might not last as long due to the thinner plates and/or less "insulation" (electrolyte) surrounding them.

Anyone else know about this?


While your talking with your Interstate dealer, ask him if they (Interstate) still use 3/4 length plates (as opposed to full length that fill cell top to bottom) and hotter than industry standard acid to save enough manufacturing costs to pay for NASCAR participation.

Bob
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#1064401 - 01/14/08 12:53 PM Re: Autocraft Battery [Re: alreadygone]
brianl703 Offline


Registered: 05/07/04
Posts: 10487
Loc: Manassas, VA
Save enough on manufacturing costs?

Interstate marks up their batteries at least 100%, based on the fact that the battery that Costco sells for $58 is the same battery that Interstate wants $119 for. The specs are all identical.

That's how Interstate pays for their NASCAR participation.

BTW, Exide batteries are NASCAR batteries too.

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