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#4759309 - 05/16/18 10:23 PM Going to try a napa battery this time.
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Wifes Tahoe left her stranded today. Grabbed my battery tester and it showed bad battery.

She is working in a small town 30 miles away. This towns only auto parts store is a Napa and no walmart. Got a group 78 instead of the smaller group 75.

Tested the new battery. Sticker says 690cca. Tester showed 971cca! Hopefully it will last longer than the Johnson batteries it's had before. Last one lasted 15 months but was a real cheapy from A-zone with only a 90 day warranty.
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#4759317 - 05/16/18 10:40 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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I always go one step further and get a 34/78 DT, so it has top posts. Makes it lots easier with jumper cables, to use the top posts.... instead of the side posts which are up against the fuse panel enclosure.

Group 75 is too small, should have never been using one.
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#4759323 - 05/16/18 10:48 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 08/13/11
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Loc: Lakeside, CA
I went with a NAPA battery in my Jeep. So far Im happy with it.
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#4759327 - 05/16/18 10:54 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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Only a 90-day warranty!

Geez, cheapest ones we sell have a 1-year warranty, and we sell very few of those. Our 'regular' batteries carry a 3-year warranty (full replacement).
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#4759345 - 05/16/18 11:19 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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Was your Napa battery a JC or East Penn??



Has a side note all of my Wally World batteries are made by East Penn.. including the Valuepower batteries. And talk about a price difference... Group 35 three year free replacement warranty WW: $84. O Reilly's: $160.. for the same exact battery by East Penn.


Edited by bbhero (05/16/18 11:38 PM)
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#4759414 - 05/17/18 05:05 AM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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I have had great luck with AAP batteries and with a discount code the price is hard to beat.
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#4759462 - 05/17/18 06:36 AM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: 2015_PSD]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
I've always thought randomness of quality-off-the-assembly-line was as big a wild card as anything else.

CCA translates into size so maybe bigger is stronger.

Don't know about that "90 day" battery. That one sounds real cheap.

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#4759484 - 05/17/18 07:04 AM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: bbhero]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16678
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Originally Posted By: bbhero
Was your Napa battery a JC or East Penn??



Has a side note all of my Wally World batteries are made by East Penn.. including the Valuepower batteries. And talk about a price difference... Group 35 three year free replacement warranty WW: $84. O Reilly's: $160.. for the same exact battery by East Penn.
how do I tell?
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#4759528 - 05/17/18 07:51 AM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
JeffKeryk Offline


Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Los Gatos, CA
I believe you will be good with either battery. The local Costco have Interstate batteries.
How much time did you get outta your last one? Brand?
After 5 years, I consider them service items and replace them.

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#4759540 - 05/17/18 08:00 AM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
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Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
90 day warranty is usually for lawn rider batteries.
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#4760005 - 05/17/18 02:54 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4370
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
If it is a Deka/East Penn, it is a really good battery.

My mom is going on 5 years on hers, and 4 years on a battery is considered good here.

I need to get her another one soon before this one dies on her.
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#4760033 - 05/17/18 03:08 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 03/20/15
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Loc: Virginia
Well does it happen easily accessible caps on top?? Or does it have a flush/flat top on it?? Easily accessible caps= JC and totally flat top = East Penn.

It may even have JC or Ep in the epc code for the battery. Wally World has that in their batteries. JC or EP. All of mine in my WW are EP now.
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#4760314 - 05/17/18 08:00 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
dave1251 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
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Loc: Maricopa, AZ
Chris. Your climate is almost exactly like mine. It does not matter if I buy OEM or the most expensive battery from any brand the longest I have had a battery is 26 months.
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#4760360 - 05/17/18 08:45 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: Chris142]
NYEngineer Offline


Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 1513
Loc: NY, NY
For many years, one of my best friends had a store that sold batteries called The Battery Terminal. I used to buy Deka batteries from him for all my cars, boats, generators, etc...
Can't ever remember being stuck because of a battery. He retired a couple of years ago and my brother picked up a huge chunk of his battery business through the generator shop. I'm happy I still have a hook for reasonably priced Deka batteries.

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#4760446 - 05/17/18 10:08 PM Re: Going to try a napa battery this time. [Re: addyguy]
brianl703 Offline


Registered: 05/07/04
Posts: 10579
Loc: Nokesville, VA
Originally Posted By: addyguy
Only a 90-day warranty!

Geez, cheapest ones we sell have a 1-year warranty, and we sell very few of those. Our 'regular' batteries carry a 3-year warranty (full replacement).


The "blem" batteries from Interstate come with a 6-month warranty. They run about $50-$60 here.

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