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How old is that new battery? #4608031
12/19/17 09:36 AM
12/19/17 09:36 AM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Chris142 Offline OP
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Most of us know to check the build date when we buy a battery. I have a customer that wanted a Ford battery for her Ford car. So I called and got one delivered. I glanced at the build date. 7/14!

So I checked the voltage. 6.18v! Sent that sucker back and had them bring me another which is the only other one they have. It was 7 months old but has 12.50v in it. I informed the customer and she wanted to go with the 7month old one vs a fresh one from a different source.


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608035
12/19/17 09:40 AM
12/19/17 09:40 AM
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Texas
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A Ford battery ? Was not aware Ford built batteries ? Thought many / most were built by Johnson Controls ?


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608036
12/19/17 09:41 AM
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Wet side WA
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Frankly the build date is not nearly as important as the fill date.


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In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608037
12/19/17 09:41 AM
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Next time you buy tires ask the same question.....


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608048
12/19/17 09:52 AM
12/19/17 09:52 AM
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Florida, USA
vintageant Offline
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And always put your 'new' battery on a BatteryTender trickle charge when you first get it. You'll be surprised how long it takes to get up to full (green light) charge!


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1937 Alvis Speed 25 20W50 w LM MoS2 & LM MOS
1970 VW Peking - Paris Rally Beetle HDEO 15W40 w LM MoS2
1987 Porsche 924S HDEO 15W40
Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: WyrTwister] #4608064
12/19/17 10:08 AM
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Chris142 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: WyrTwister
A Ford battery ? Was not aware Ford built batteries ? Thought many / most were built by Johnson Controls ?
It may have been a Johnson battery with a motorcraft sticker on it. Customer wanted one from the dealer


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608075
12/19/17 10:19 AM
12/19/17 10:19 AM
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San Antonio, TX
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Last time I bought a battery, I asked for the freshest one. It had a date of 4/17 and the date I bought it was on 4/2/17 or 4/3/17. Got that bad boy fresh off the pallet.


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: E150GT] #4608086
12/19/17 10:25 AM
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Virginia
bbhero Online content
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That's like getting a fresh biscuit right out of the oven that's scalding hot... Can't beat that for freshness smile


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608123
12/19/17 10:51 AM
12/19/17 10:51 AM
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Santa Barbara, CA
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What was the part number on the battery? There are certain ones that sit and don't move but either the dealer or the supplier are supposed to recycle them so there is no old stock on the shelf. That being said I have had one of my suppliers try to deliver old batteries and they get really annoyed when I reject the delivery.


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: bbhero] #4608124
12/19/17 10:51 AM
12/19/17 10:51 AM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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Originally Posted By: bbhero
That's like getting a fresh biscuit right out of the oven that's scalding hot... Can't beat that for freshness smile



Needs to be hot to melt the butter.


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2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: E150GT] #4608134
12/19/17 11:03 AM
12/19/17 11:03 AM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Originally Posted By: E150GT
Last time I bought a battery, I asked for the freshest one. It had a date of 4/17 and the date I bought it was on 4/2/17 or 4/3/17. Got that bad boy fresh off the pallet.
Sometimes they're time travelers. I've seen batteries with date code of the next month in the future.


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2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: vintageant] #4608196
12/19/17 11:55 AM
12/19/17 11:55 AM
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British Columbia, Canada
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British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: vintageant
And always put your 'new' battery on a BatteryTender trickle charge when you first get it. You'll be surprised how long it takes to get up to full (green light) charge!

Several days in the case of my BMW. And even then the light on the charger occasionally flips from green (fully charged) to yellow (partial charge). I charge it periodically when it's not being driven daily.


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2007 Honda Accord EX-L 4Door V6 6MT
Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608211
12/19/17 12:11 PM
12/19/17 12:11 PM
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Virginia
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Virginia
I always walk behind the shelves, and get the most recent one put on the shelf....


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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: Chris142] #4608306
12/19/17 01:39 PM
12/19/17 01:39 PM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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Dallas,Tx USA
The last time I had to get a battery replaced,my old one was still under pro rated warranty. The douche behind the desk (Sears) was trying to weasel out of honoring it (I had all documents and receipts in hand) and said I would have to come back in a few days,and I just told the douche that I have one car,that I will NOT wait longer than an hour,and that I'd be back in about an hour taking my brand new battery with me.

I go back and there's my replacement battery on the counter for me. Well this time he was gone and the chickadee there behind the desk starts flirting with me and is totally into me,so I flirt back a little and she suddenly goes,"Wait,let me go get you a brand new freshest battery we have",and comes back with a different battery,fresh out of the wrapper! I'm guessing that loser tried to give me one that was ready for the trash.


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Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
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Re: How old is that new battery? [Re: vintageant] #4608344
12/19/17 02:17 PM
12/19/17 02:17 PM
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Ontario Canada
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Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: vintageant
And always put your 'new' battery on a BatteryTender trickle charge when you first get it. You'll be surprised how long it takes to get up to full (green light) charge!
Been there, mine took almost 3 hours at 6 amps.

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