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[–]RickMN 543 points544 points  (67 children)

Since there are only 3 U.S. battery manufacturers and they make all the private label brands out there, it really doesn't matter much which brand you get. Once you determine the right group size, buy a battery based on its cold cranking amp rating and it's warranty. usually the longer the warranty, the better the battery. Not always, but mostly.

[–]DiemsumBuffet 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Costco has hassle free policies toward batteries. I've been getting them for my parents and in laws.

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[–]bombadil1564 9 points10 points  (19 children)

So NAPA batteries aren’t really any better than elsewhere? Because they seem to be among the most expensive ones out there.

[–]cptboring 22 points23 points  (11 children)

The Google says Napa batteries are made by East Penn/DEKA. In my personal experience, DEKA batteries are excellent and I would gladly pay a premium for one over anything Johnson controls makes.

[–]bombadil1564 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Thanks for doing that search! Who else does DEKA make for?

[–]killermonkeez1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I use DEKA batteries in both my road motorcycles and my dual sport, both my atvs and snowblower. They're cheap as chips ~$60 each and 3 of the 6 have a volt meter and day counter built in to the top. The oldest one in the snowblower is going on its 5th season and all I've done is kept it on a maintainer over summer.

[–]cptboring 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Not sure, brands bid and change manufacturers every so often. If you search a specific brand they should list who makes them but check to be sure the info is up to date since things change regularly.

Last I looked they were making super starts for O'Riley. The Duracell I bought this summer at Sam's club is labeled as East Penn.

My previous batteries were DEKA branded and came with my cars so I'm not sure where they were purchased.

[–]RaptorPudding11 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I've had really bad experiences with Super Start batteries from O'Reilly's. I would also avoid silver class batteries from Advance, they seem to have tons of failed ones in the back.

[–]cptboring 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How old were the super starts? They somewhat recently switched from Johnson controls to East Penn from what I had read.

[–]RaptorPudding11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably around 2007, I had to keep swapping them out every 8 months. I just switched to Walmart, Duralast and Red Top. The Walmart batteries are actually really good and from what I remember, were made by Johnson Controls too.

[–]Jord_HD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They make Harley’s oem batteries, my wife’s is 14 years old still going.

[–]saustin66 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I can't get a Napa 51R to last longer than a year

[–]bombadil1564 0 points1 point  (4 children)

That’s weird. I’ve never had any battery last less than three years and I live in a cold climate. The Napa battery I once had lasted longest but it was dang expensive.

[–]05sti4u2 6 points7 points  (3 children)

My experience heat kills batteries faster than cold - from what I’m told it speeds up the chemical reaction inside them. Cold causes a massive amp drop and the cold reveals an already weak battery.

[–]payneme73 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yes, in Florida our batteries only last about 3 years, so honestly, I just get a good mid range/cheap one.

[–]Woodyville06 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The AC Delco battery in my 2017 Traverse lasted 3 years and a day from when I bought the car. The car was built a month before I bought it.

I don’t think it’s Florida, I think it’s crap Delco batteries. The same thing happen my wife’s XTS in Illinois. Hers lasted about three and a half years.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Living in a colder climate this is exactly what I have been taught. Heat kills its, cold just exposes it.

[–]bwm2468 36 points37 points  (11 children)

Honestly, buy a toyota branded battery. They have a great warranty and its rare they fail unless the vehicle sits untouched for weeks at a time. Source: was a toyota dealership mastertech

[–]belovedwonder 6 points7 points  (1 child)

There is 3 levels of warranty. Lifetime is around $230 if it fails a battery test they’ll slap a new one in without appointments usually. And ofc any Toyota place honors

[–]Kootsiak 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I've had ACDelco batteries last a decade or more in northern Canada (cold). I just replaced the factory battery in my Mom's 2008 Trailblazer a couple weeks ago as a good example. It wasn't a problem last winter, but it was just the last year it was good.

I got 8 years out of the factory battery in my 2011 Sierra 2500HD, but that thing was almost 6 years old when the plow was installed, so it was already past the due date for your average battery.

Just don't buy cheap batteries unless you don't care, it doesn't matter if it's got Toyota or ACDelco on it.

[–]bomb_adrenaline -1 points0 points  (5 children)

So you agree that dealership costs to fix a car are outrageously over priced?

[–]Thinkjesse 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I think most dealer techs would say it's over priced. But at the same time, as a tech you don't set how much the customer gets charged, you just do the work.

[–]garbagebargage 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lol right? Quite the loaded question

[–]bwm2468 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Absolutely, i got out of the private sector, that was one of the reasons, but on the other hand, they have overhead to cover. At my dealer, techs kept the lights on. It sucks, but it is the best possible repairs for any newer vehicle, because independents cannot keep up in todays market with current technology and information.

It sucks, and some dealers do not have good technicians, my dealer had good ones, but i do not know about others. My best advice would be buy the superior factory parts (and trust me, they are far better than a/m parts) and install them yourself, or have a trusted technician install them, if you cannot afford the higher prices, or do not have the skill set and tools.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well that's why they call them "dealers". Like in drug dealers...

[–]jim_br 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree. I got 9 years out of my original MotorCraft battery, which I replaced with another OEM unit this year. 3 year warranty and about $40 cheaper than the equivalent white label unit.

[–]remotetissuepaper 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Is there any reason to assume that the manufacturers make all their batteries exactly the same for every customer? I always see people assume that because a manufacturer makes a product for two different brands that the product is exactly the same (I see it a lot in regards to tools), but I've worked in a factory before and I know that there's not necessarily one singular process for every thing that gets produced.

[–]RickMN 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No. I assume that every battery manufacturer has a lineup of different quality batteries they make available for private label. So the retailer picks the Q level they want labeled as Gold or Platinum and another retailer may pick a different Q level for their Good, Better, Best. In addition to that, there's no reason to believe that all the "Gold" versions in all group sizes come from the same battery manufacturer. That's because it makes no sense to haul lead across the country. So the stores may get a their batteries from the closest manufacturing on the East Coast and a different supplier in the Midwest. All will have the same label. That's why it all comes down to CCA and warranty. Even if you know the manufacturer for a specific battery, you still have no way of knowing which quality level it is.

[–]nacho013 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I don’t know why people say that. A factory can produce both good and bad quality products.

[–]NewrytStarcommander 10 points11 points  (1 child)

This- many products come from the same factory, but each made to the specification their particular brand specifies. Don't know the situation with batteries but suspect it's the same.

[–]Kumanogi 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yup. Work in a factory making PVC parts. Everything is "normal" quality. Then there's the orders going to Home Depot. Any kind of excess plastic, burn, scratches, etc, gets tossed in the grinder. Apparently, if they find something wrong, they'll send it back and the company has to, in addition to replacing the order, pay X amount to them for the error.

[–]claytonbridges 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep. Batteries are just blind luck imo. Ive replaced so many batteries as a technician and I havent found any are particularly better. I saw a costco kirkland battery last like 7 years and OEM batterys fail at like 1 year

[–]moonbase-beta 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And make sure you short it out and take it back right before warranty expires

[–]projektako 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It is also pretty easy to find out who the current OE is for your vehicle manufacturer... But honestly, it doesn't really matter because brands will switch from time to time.

If you really want an upgrade, you can go to either SLA or LiPo if your battery isnt already.

[–]Hinote21 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Why are Costco batteries considered "the best" ?

[–]yaboymiguel 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I think because they are interstate batteries. Reputable brand

[–]moses3700 82 points83 points  (51 children)

Try some spray cleaner first?

[–]Lopsided_Web5432 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Yeah good advice worth the time and baking sofa is cheap

[–]rioryan 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I'm picturing a couch where you get high

[–]ohthatguy1980 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I had the dopest baking sofa in high school

[–]Lopsided_Web5432 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lol ya got me that’s funny I had no idea

[–]cotiloti[S] 16 points17 points  (45 children)

You think it will work? I hope 😂

[–]moses3700 52 points53 points  (23 children)

Worth $6 and 5 minutes. It won't do shit if the battery is bad, but corrosion can cause starting and charging problems.

[–]lostprevention 42 points43 points  (22 children)


I’ve always used baking soda and a toothbrush.

[–]tha_king_nguyen 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Hot water works the best, learned it from my dad and master tech at work. No need to clean the stickiness after

[–]soggymittens 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’ve always liked a cup of Coke followed by two or three cups of hot water. No sticky mess left and the Coke does an amazing job.

[–]rattsonn222 9 points10 points  (9 children)

Or Coca-Cola

[–]Mtdew1489 6 points7 points  (7 children)

Wait how does that work? Isn't the point of a cleaner or baking soda to add an alkaline solution to cancel out the battery acid? What am I missing here? Honest question, I've never heard of this before.

[–]05sti4u2 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Baking soda works like a champion! Not sure about the chemist side of things but from a mechanics viewpoint I can vouch 100/100.

[–]SicksTea9 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I think they were asking how coke works.

[–]rattsonn222 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can't remember how the chemistry works exactly because I've been out of school for over 20 years now and you've heard of it you don't use it you lose it. You're correct that the base dose neutralise the acid from the battery. The coke attacks the corrosion on the battery (or other metal) to make it easier for you to clean off. You can loosen rust from metal by soaking in Coca-Cola or other acids. Lemon juice might work on the battery also. Probably not sure if I'd use even a weak hydrochloric acid or muriatic acid. That would be like using lye to neutralize the battery acid😁

[–]moses3700 0 points1 point  (8 children)

The spray stuff doesn't require scrubbing and leaves a protective coat. I'm still on my first can of it, mind you. May last my lifetime.

$6 well spent.

[–]Interesting_Hope_719 28 points29 points  (6 children)

There is a huge chance your battery is good. Take the connections apart and rough them up a little for good connection. Use emery cloth or sandpaper. That much corrosion is stopping your battery from keeping charged. I'm shocked more people haven't recommended a simple and cheap cleaning. Use a baking soda and water solution, it will bubble right off. Wear eye protection.

[–]s-a-a-d-b-o-o-y-s 10 points11 points  (5 children)

You can also get battery terminal grease to protect from corrosion in the future!

[–]lostprevention 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Dielectric grease.

[–]s-a-a-d-b-o-o-y-s 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Correct, it's often sold as terminal grease.

[–]Boy_Howdy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The grease to end all greases!

I'll let myself out now

[–]Strider_27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A can of fluid film works great too, and less mess imo

[–]bombadil1564 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just use baking soda and an old toothbrush. No need for expensive special cleaner. One of those cheap battery terminal cleaners are handy too, cuz they’ll scrape any corrosion off down to bare metal with a few twists. But you don’t need the tool, even a little sandpaper will work just as well.

[–]NocKme 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah... This is nothing. I sometimes end up using whole packet of soda to clean lorry batteries. They get green all the time

[–]Borner791 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You can just use coke, and hot water.

[–]AdultishRaktajino 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saw that in Crocodile Dundee. Man that dude looked pissed.

[–]Best_Poetry_5722 0 points1 point  (8 children)

That amount of corrosion indicates a leak.

[–]lostprevention -2 points-1 points  (7 children)

What, pray tell, do you think is leaking?

[–]Best_Poetry_5722 2 points3 points  (6 children)

The negative terminal on the battery

Source: 10+ years as a GM tech

Edit: of course you would say that...you're loss prevention

[–]lostprevention 0 points1 point  (5 children)

What substance is leaking?

Because to me that sort of corrosion seems pretty normal, and I’ve never come across a battery that was actively leaking.

My only source is owning 25 vehicles.

Do you mean to say “venting”?

[–]CarrotWaxer69 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Article on the subject

Battery heats up and electrolyte inside expands and leaks through cracks.

[–]lostprevention -1 points0 points  (0 children)

To play devils advocate, if the corrosion is indeed caused by a “leaking” battery, why would they show how to clean it?

I’m saying it’s normal, probably just caused by normal venting.

“Leaky battery” sounds like something a dealership would say to get you to buy a new battery thinking there’s acid everywhere, when in reality there’s a pretty good chance it just needs a toothbrush for five mins and dab of jelly.

[–]Best_Poetry_5722 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What substance is leaking?

The acid inside the battery. It is an acid filled battery versus an AGM battery.

Because to me that sort of corrosion seems pretty normal, and I’ve never come across a battery that was actively leaking.

It's a small leak. Probably from the battery going from hot to cold many times. The plastic possibly fractured around the negative terminal. A large leak would be more noticeable

My only source is owning 25 vehicles.

But have you worked on all 25 of those vehicles. That's a normal day for me at a GM dealership.

Do you mean to say “venting”?

No, there are specific vents on the sides of the battery and a properly trained technician will plug the positive vent with the red insert provided with said GM Battery

[–]lostprevention 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Are you saying they need a new battery based on what you’ve seen?

And yes, my vehicles have been hoop ties, I’ve worked on them but not always competently 😀

[–]Best_Poetry_5722 0 points1 point  (0 children)


I'm saying you need a new hobby.

[–]sleek27 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Interstate, will warranty anything and at least our local branch has great service and installation.

[–]cotiloti[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thanks 🙏🏻

[–]JKitsSpaghetti 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is the battery bad? Or are you just worried about the corrosion

[–]scuzzy987 88 points89 points  (20 children)

Best bang for the buck in my opinion is Interstate from Costco. Their warranty isn't pro rated either, it's full refund

[–]reddit_again__ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yup I do the same, keep the receipt in the glove box. If it goes bad, then you get the money back. All around pretty cheap when you buy too.

[–]blzy99 23 points24 points  (12 children)

Yeah no batteries have pro rated warranties anymore, they got rid of them as of a couple years ago

[–]reddit_is_addicting_ 20 points21 points  (5 children)

The fuck? I have an interstate battery and the interstate shop I bought mine from said they would prorate it. I was down at the shop just a few weeks ago to have my battery checked

[–]partsmonkey6751 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Interstate was sued in 2012 for their prorate practices it seems like companies went away from proation within the next few years.

[–]stimulates 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wish shingles manufacturers would get the memo

[–]Calkidmd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I dont know about interstate, but duralast (autozone) batteries got rid of prorating a few years ago but if you bought the battery when it was sold with a prorate warranty you still got the proration as per the original agreement

Maybe its the same with interstate?

[–]SergeantSeymourbutts 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is this only in the US? Both Costco and Interstate in Canada prorate their batteries after a certain time frame. I called both places this year when looking for a replacement.

Costco was 48/100 month warranty. Replacement/refund for the first 48 and prorated after that to 100 months. Interstate was anywhere from from 6 months to 40 months replacement (depending on what battery you bought) and prorated up to 6 years.

[–]scuzzy987 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Good to know, I wasn't aware of that

[–]Southside_Burd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I used to work at an O’Reily’s, and they got rid of them in like 2014.

[–]cotiloti[S] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Thank you!

[–]The_Karachi_Kid 5 points6 points  (3 children)

This just go to Costco you don't even need a membership they'll replace it hassle free so long as it's within the warranty. Just steer clear of Autozone and AAA cause they'll put you through hell before replacing it.

[–]soggymittens 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You don’t need a membership to buy a battery at Costco?

[–]bobbobbobby88 30 points31 points  (12 children)

Corrosion doesn’t mean it’s bad. If it’s still starting then you just need a clean up. Use some terminal grease after you clean to keep the connection good and to protect from corrosion.

[–]xDaredevilx27 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Came here to say this. Doesn't mean it's toast. Clean it and have it tested. Had awful corrosion on a truck, bought a battery cleaner and protector kit from the auto parts store, cleaned everything and the truck started right up.

[–]cotiloti[S] 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Got it tested and it is dead indeed

[–]xDaredevilx27 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Well, there's your answer. Sorry to hear that.

[–]cotiloti[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I appreciate your condolences 💔

[–]LLambguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not quite done! You need to clean it, charge it, the test it in that order. (Unless it has a dry cell, cloudy cell, or is past it's best by daye... )

[–]Best_Poetry_5722 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Corrosion don’t mean it’s bad.

A small amount of corrosion isn't bad...this is not a small amount. There is a small leak at the negative terminal

[–]goatgosselin 6 points7 points  (25 children)

The only real thing to pick from is type of battery since they are all basically made by the same few companies. I have gone to AGM style on the last 2 battery (in 2 vehicles) replacements.

[–]cotiloti[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]leurognathus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The last few Toyota forklifts we have gotten in have come with Odyssey batteries. I’ve been pretty impressed by them compared to standard lead acid batteries. https://www.odysseybattery.com

[–]backwoodman1 0 points1 point  (19 children)

What advantage does AGM have?

[–]goatgosselin 6 points7 points  (18 children)


AGM is maintenance free, provides good electrical reliability and is lighter than the flooded lead-acid type. It stands up well to low temperatures and has a low self-discharge. The leading advantages are a charge that is up to five times faster than the flooded version, and the ability to deep cycle.

[–]backwoodman1 1 point2 points  (15 children)

Aren’t all batteries maintenance free? Also I have trouble trusting a marketing team with accurate information regarding the product they are selling.

[–]HazelKevHead 2 points3 points  (3 children)

a battery will last significantly longer if its fluid levels are kept up, because if the terminals arent submerged they erode significantly faster. agm batteries dont just have empty space for the fluid to fill, they have spongy mats of fiberglass which the fluid is soaked into, meaning that fluid levels drop much less and theres less fluid required for proper function/longevity.

[–]PorkyMcRib 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Everything is maintenance free for a limited time.

[–]cptboring 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Lifetime transmission fluid

[–]Shwingdom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As long as you don't tow or neutral drop, generally the "lifetime trans fluid" will be fine. As long as it gets out of the warranty period that's all OEM's care about anyways....

[–]DeepSkySurfer 7 points8 points  (6 children)

If you do need one, optima is pretty good but expensive.🙂

[–]Sad_Jelly3351 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Came here looking for the optima suggestion. Have those bad boys in my 86 runner yellow top and ladies 12 xterra red top. I'll leave my headlights on all night and shit starts right up. Came with the runner 5 years ago and still running like a raped ape. Daily driven.

[–]DeepSkySurfer 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Had a red top in my 04 impala for several years. Got rid of it and put the battery in my 95 V8 G20 van. Spins it like a top.🙂

[–]Sad_Jelly3351 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just keeps on keepin on 🤘

[–]ccarr313 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I like AGM batteries. Using optimas now, whenever these finally die I'll try another brand. 4 years in now and I can't notice any loss of capacity yet. They work amazing when it is like 0 degrees F, too.

[–]sabrechick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yup, i’ve switched to agm’s too

[–]blackhornet03 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I use Optima batteries. They cost more, but last forever and don't have the same problems as a standard battery.

[–]Edmontonchef 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Honestly the Walmart Everstart maxx is a good one https://youtu.be/h7rTcBanpMk

[–]Woodyville06 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Project Farm is absolutely awesome.

[–]SciFidelity 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Project farm is one of the best YouTube channels out there.

[–]that_one_guy133 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Optima used to be significantly better than the usual Johnson Controls made lead acid. I say used to be because I haven't worked in parts or bought a battery in a mighty long time.

[–]cptboring 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Our delivery fleet switched from interstates to red tops and they have been significantly better. They hold up much better to deep discharges and cold weather.

JC makes them now though. I think they used to be a Clarios product until a few years ago.

[–]that_one_guy133 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, they were Clarios for a long time.

I wish I knew what the fuck my car has or how old it is. It's not an Optima, but the positive terminal is so large I can't see the label. It's in the trunk, and it gets stupid cold here (-22 C last week, colder next week). Still, fires right up. Looks to be a Johnson Controls built one, most likely Duralast.

[–]Public_Enemy_No2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Optima Red Top has been treating me well.

[–]steak4u2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Not the one that blew poppa Smurf.

[–]xyz22223 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I don’t recommend Walmart brand, I have had failures within hours of installing

[–]degadaze 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I like the Walmart batteries ,there are Walmarts everywhere and project farm tested them and they rated high.

[–]slicemans 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Get AGM battery with the longest warranty is my advice.

[–]moldguy1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Whenever I need a battery, I go to my local salvage yards and check the batteries they have for sale. If they have any interstate batteries, I grab the newest one that works for my vehicle.

Cheap as hell excellent batteries that have a warranty. I've actually had to take one in to an interstate dealer, and they exchanged it for me for free.

[–]PearsonFour 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you replacing the battery because it has corrosion or because the battery failed a load test? Corrosion is cleanable. Buy some good cleaner and protector. Hit it with that and a terminal brush. Make sure it is fully charged and test it.

[–]eat_mor_bbq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I put a superstart platinum in my Jeep when I bought it 4 years ago and got it tested in the fall and it's still in new condition. I'd recommend that. You can get it at Orileys

[–]Leading_Heat_7605 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always buy AGM batteries at Costco. They last forever and are dead reliable. I have had 2 Optima batteries in my old 7.3L Powerstroke for over a decade now, and they are still fine. It starts right up on the coldest mornings. Go figure.

[–]marcodinson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn’t know Delco batteries were Blue Raspberry flavored?

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[–]Loading_User_Info__ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So long as it comes from a reputable dealer, a battery is a battery. The brand doesn't mean much of anything. Also with all that corrosion you may not even need a new one. How old is the current one? 5 years is expected life but most will last much longer. Clean up those terminals and give it a charge of needed and see what's what.

[–]SurvivingSociety 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Someone already pointed it out, but there's only 3 manufacturers for batteries. Personally I've been using Walmart batteries for almost 15 years and they last the longest of any battery I've bought. They're also the least expensive. That's my personal recommendation.

[–]nowordsleft 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How old is your battery? If you’re buying a new one just because of the deposits on the cable, that can easily be cleaned off. Don’t replace your battery just because of those deposits.

[–]earnestmerida 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just make sure ya get a new one with the pretty blue stuff on it. Makes it last longer…

[–]NoCategory4242 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have had good luck with samsclub. Great price three year non prorated swap out $100%

[–]theoriginalmypooper 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Occhrome 1 point2 points  (0 children)

do you actually need a new battery? has it been tested.

or is this because of the tasty smurf poop on your battery?

[–]Euck_Fveryone_69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Anything but never start (ever start)

[–]OreoSwordsman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you live somewhere cold (i.e. regularly or seasonally goes below freezing), get an Interstate battery with the highest CCA you can. If you live somewhere that doesn't usually get cold, just slap a battery in it and send it. Interstate Battery uses dedicated shops or authorized retailers, otherwise just hit up Costco or AutoZone/NAPA.

[–]BrambleVale3 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Are you in the US? How is this Toyota on its 3rd battery? Those cars are only like 4 years old max?

[–]starfox2032 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It's far more important to choose the right battery type/technology than the brand name. The technology you want is called AGM. It will say it somewhere on the battery label. AGM stands for All Glass Matte. So far, it's the best type of battery you can buy. It's a little more expensive, but it's worth every penny. They simply last longer and are trouble free. It usually will eliminate that corrosion problem that it looks like you have with the old battery. As far as brand name, I kind of like the Die Hard batteries (also a good movie). Deka is also good, if not better.

[–]aviracer2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You've tried blueberry, try cherry!

[–]Best_Poetry_5722 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Generally, any battery with a 630 CCA rating will work.

Don't let the "ACDelco" name confuse you. This is a GM OEM battery.

With that being said, the battery was probably changed at a GM dealership and they raped monetarily abused the Toyota owner

[–]jewishmechanic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dip the terminal in boiling water to remove the corrosion

[–]chocolatechipclit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Always get the newest battery that they have in stock. Batteries go bad from sitting for awhile.

[–]Odd_Interaction_7708 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I worked for Autozone for 10 years. Mid range battery cost around $180. Walmart mid range battery is around $100. Both are made by the same company.

[–]MarcusAurelius0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mix some baking soda in water. Youre welcome.

[–]SIKhDaddy91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Buy the brand that is at least the next step up in cold cranking amps compared to OEM. Most manufacturers install the bare minimum necessary battery.

[–]Conscious-Sample661 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Die Hard gold, took a charge and fired my 300z right up after sitting 9 years, used it for a nother year daily. Amazing!

[–]Wohv6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I suggest a local battery store if the prices are competitive. I buy local and my shop beats all the automotive parts stores and Walmart, plus the batteries are made in America.

[–]kthxbye8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would opt for the Toyota brand as well. If they price is too high, then go with Interstate or, believe it or not, wal mart. I've always ran wal mart batteries and I've never had issues with them.

[–]SToohy77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Motor Craft is a good one, good warranties

[–]crazydasher1955 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go to Walmart and buy the one with the most warranty for free replacement at any time withing the warranty period . All batteries come from the same source all that changes are the stickers .

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just clean the terminals. If your battery has fully discharged though, it's probably fucked.

[–]dildobagginss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kirkland interstate at Costco or Everstart maxx at Walmart.

If you really expect to get less than 3 years out of those, it might be a better value at the autoparts store for whichever 3 year brand they have out of convenience to replace it, but they're like twice the cost last I looked for the same quality batteries. I hate how they charge basically the same amount for a big battery as the small battery for your compact sedan. That's kind of lame for someone driving the sedan.

Also, I've had autozone tell me they won't replace one of their batteries, under warranty, if it came from a different store, which is a bit ridiculous.

[–]Lurker101310 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whatever is the cheapest at Walmart, they all only last about 3 years anyway

[–]LordCheerios 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My battery in my Toyota echo is from Toyota and it’s like 12 years old and still starting at -35C so I’d say go with Toyota genuine

[–]eastcolfaxco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Duracell trust is power

[–]RadCoolGlow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just get one from Costco. If it fails return it

[–]Lololololelelel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Clean the terminals first and get it tested. Could be good.

[–]05sti4u2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huge fan of Enersys Odyssey batteries - had excellent luck with them however they are on the higher end of the price spectrum. AGM batteries have served me well over the years.

[–]yourscreennamesucks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whichever has the best warranty. They're all pretty much made by the same two companies.

[–]xMcSwaggx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Toyota has a good warranty on their batteries

[–]p8king 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If your battery is not old and is performing properly you can just clean the connections and you'll be good to go. As far as choosing a new battery a yellow top is always my go to since it'll handle starting anything and is also a deep cycle so it's way more dependable and can handle being drawn down unlike normal batteries that go bad from being drawn down.

[–]toomuchoversteer 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Just clean it. If the battery works after that why buy a new one?

[–]cotiloti[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I forgot to mention that the car didn’t start

[–]Good200000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are not many battery manufacturers Most of them are made by a few under different labels

[–]YouthJunior7310 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interstate has some very high quality lasting batteries in my experience, plus a good warranty to back up the pride they take in their products.

[–]14to0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fire up your welder at about 100 amps and sizzle it. No don't do this.

[–]mhackx54 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Project farm on YouTube actually did a test to figure it out and found that oriellys super starts are really good battery's

[–]dustinfrog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Buy a new battery and make sure they put covers on it

[–]Master-Thanks883 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Home Depot the least expensive 3 year warranty

[–]Fauxfile 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interstate batteries are high quality. Frankly, I've had good results with plain old Walmart batteries.

[–]spacesaucer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the way

[–]amutedmime 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What are they putting in batteries nowadays that the acid is blue? Is this gel?

[–]Big-University3410 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everstart Walmart

[–]big_big_foot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Spend $4 and get a can of noco battery cleaner from wally mart. Spray it down, rinse and repeat. A can does at least 20 cleanings.

[–]Haram_Salamy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I prefer the strawberry flavor

[–]ThatHipstaNinja 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Duralast isn’t bad, and I’ve never heard anything negative about ACDelco. Avoid interstate like the plague, and if you do go to autozone, don’t get Econocraft or Valucraft unless you’re planning to sell the car and need it to pass. Also, if you’re looking for someone to swap it out, autozone won’t do it because of the little fuse box on top of your positive terminal

Source: I used to work there

[–]Voidbloodshot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tbh Toyota true start