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Interstate batteries problems #5267978 11/15/19 09:49 AM
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Put an Interstate group 78 battery put in our 2001 Impala in May 2019, six months later it failed to start on November 3 2019. The next day Nov 4 2019 I had the charging system checked out and it is OK, and there are no high loads on the battery when the engine is off. Had a the battery replaced under warranty with another Interstate group 78 on November 4 2019, it failed to start yesterday on November 14 2019 with less than 2 weeks of use. Had charging system checked out again and all is OK, and there are no high loads on the battery when the engine is off. The place I have been using load checked the other new Interstate batteries that they had in the shop and found another bad new Interstate battery in their supply. They also said that Interstate rotates the batteries in their shop so that there are never any requiring a charge before they are used. They replaced my second dead Interstate battery with another new group 78 Interstate battery that load tested good.

The garage where this happened said that Interstate has recently changed manufacturers. They use to be made by Johnson, and now they are made by Exide.

So if you have an Interstate battery that is made by Exide even though it is not very old, it might be a good idea to get it load tested so it does not leave you stranded.

And now that they are being made by Exide it would be a good idea to have them load tested before you put any new one in your vehicle.

Somewhere somehow there is something wrong with the new Exide Interstate batteries.


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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5267994 11/15/19 10:00 AM
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Also both of the batteries that failed to start failed the load test when they were brought back.


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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5268008 11/15/19 10:09 AM
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I've had good luck with NAPA batteries (made by East Penn)

Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5268031 11/15/19 10:42 AM
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That's awful quality control on part of Interstate. But this seems to confirm what has been mentioned on here lately. That interstate is basically garbage now.

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Originally Posted by CatCam2
I've had good luck with NAPA batteries (made by East Penn)

Agreed. Napa or Oreilly batteries built by East Penn have served me well. I don't believe all Oreilly batteries are manufactured by East Penn but the ones I have appear to be.

Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5268102 11/15/19 12:01 PM
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If this one fails you should also think about an intermittent current draw.

I couldn't figure out why my BMW's battery would be completely dead from time to time, sometimes within a few hours of running. Turns out it had a defective component in the air conditioning fan circuit that allowed the AC fan to start up randomly (with the key off) completely draining the battery. My mechanic said failure of that component is quite common on BMWs. All has been well since that part has been replaced (over 6 months ago).


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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5268232 11/15/19 02:31 PM
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I’ve seen a lot the Exide-built Interstate batteries when I get no-start tow calls lately at work. All of were installed under the last two years at a repair shop. When I get there, I’m showing with my tester the battery is at 12.0 to 12.2 VDC but with CCA showing at 110-ish. But all of course take a jump no problem.

Of course, I also had a lady with a 2015 Subaru Outback who the day before went to the nearest Interstate retail store where they tested the battery and said it’s fine. Then the morning after, it wouldn’t start and she called AAA and how i ended up there.

She had the receipt from their battery tester they used and I got a good laugh. Showed the group 25 battery was coming out at 800 CCA and air temp was 80F. My tester showed the right air temp at 50F and battery was at 190 CCA.




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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5268249 11/15/19 02:49 PM
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I have purchased two Exide batteries in the last 6 months. Mostly on accident. I hope they aren't nearly as junk as they are portrayed.


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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: JimPghPA] #5268379 11/15/19 04:37 PM
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I just got back from picking up the car and the man at the shop said he has two other new Interststr batteries that are bad. He said he had a long talk with the man from Interstate and that man said that Interstate
batteries are now being made by Interstate.

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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: cb_13] #5268435 11/15/19 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by cb_13
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I've had good luck with NAPA batteries (made by East Penn)

Agreed. Napa or Oreilly batteries built by East Penn have served me well. I don't believe all Oreilly batteries are manufactured by East Penn but the ones I have appear to be.




True... Federated Auto has East Penn batteries too... And dir a lot cheaper.. 2 yr Free replacement warranty group 24f battery = $89... A 3 yr Free replacement warranty group 24f battery is $113... Everyday price.


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Re: Interstate batteries problems [Re: Davejam] #5310159 01/01/20 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Davejam
That's awful quality control on part of Interstate. But this seems to confirm what has been mentioned on here lately. That interstate is basically garbage now.


I posted this in another thread: I used to swear by Interstate, and went out of my way to purchase their products. Now...two different vehicles; both batteries were found defective by my technician. The warranty replacement turned out to be garbage as well.

16 months ago I replaced the Interstate battery with an East Penn/Deka unit, and there have been zero issues.

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My family has used a local repair shop, known for it's quality, over the past 35 years. They no longer carry Interstate batteries, as they were highly dissatisfied as well.

I now avoid Johnson Control batteries like the plague.

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I bought a group 78 battery as an upgrade for my truck - HD was carrying them. Ive found it to be excellent.

Lightning striking twice in the same spot makes me wonder... and infant mortality no less on the second one?

I just noticed that Walmart now sells East Penn, with an EP serial number. Hopefully WM pricing structure doesnt force them offshore...

OP have you had your alternator waveform checked? Not just an OK... Do you know the sitting (unloaded) voltage of these batteries when they have failed to perform?

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Walmarts in my area have been selling East Penn batteries for over 2 years now... I don't believe they will send EP anywhere....

In fact a Federated Auto parts stores near me has the EP batteries for rather reasonable prices... $89 for a 2 year free replacement warranty... Group 24f. And $113 for a 3 year free replacement warranty group 24f... Those prices are way cheaper than Napa or O Reilly's... $139.99 2 yr and $159.99 3 yr warranty...

If you have a Federated Auto aka Arch Auto parts in your area... Those prices are likely similar to my area Fisher Auto parts Federated Auto parts... Not too shabby.


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I have not had good luck with interstate batteries in personal or fleet use. Even the heavy duty MTP versions. Lucky to get a year or so out of the heavy duty versions in fleet use, maybe 2 years out of personal use.


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Before I recently stopped working for AAA, In my travels I started seeing more and more issues with current style Interstate batteries still new. From what I found out thru a few shops, previously interstate followed regional distribution channels from JCI/Clarios and Exide. Here in the NW, you used to get a JCI/Clarios built battery as there is a plant in Canby, Oregon which is why also for the most part, Wal-Mart here sells their Everstart lineup as JCI/Clarios. However, Interstate changed to what it sounds like, a Just in Time supply chain with emphasis on cost, so apparently it does not follow regional availability anymore and has a higher percentage of Exide built batteries. This is apparently a problem as now batteries are being shipped now long distances and it might be possible that by the time battery hits the shelf, it might be time to rotate. To add more insult to injury in this, apparently now there is more retailers of Interstate who rely on the driver of the battery truck to handle shelf rotations and my understanding is that a lot of batteries are sitting past their rotate date.

Funny enough, I had a lady who on her 2015 Subaru Outback went to a Interstate retail location for a battery test, their fancy 4 wire tester that was in the store said it was fine, but called us as it still would not start the next day. She showed me the print out, I knew something was wrong right away. For a group 35 battery, it said it was testing at 1000 CCA, the temperature was 81 degrees...

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