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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-31-2015, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Battery question

I hope this is the right place to ask this.
I have a 2012 Armada I bought in November 2012.
February 2014 (14 months after I purchased it) the battery was replaced under warranty. It wasn't dead but was starting to crank slow after sitting for a couple of days.
Now 11 months later the same thing happened. Slow cranking after sitting for 2 days. Took it to the dealer and they replaced it with another 84 month battery. They said there is no drain on the battery and the alternator is good. (it shows charging after the car starts) they7 said that the battery was bad,
So my question is anyone else have a 2012 or similar with battery problems? Could have been a bad batch of batteries and I was unlucky enough to get 2 of them


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The stock battery's are bad. 1 year is average life.

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That really sucks. On my Trooper my battery has been going strong for 8 years. It is an Optima from before they went to crap. My secret is a remote mount battery in the rear. The fact that it sees barely any temperature change is what keeps it alive. Being baked at 200F under the hood never helps any part last.

If it does not have a battery blanket then add one. If you leave it for more than a week in the cold put a battery maintainer on it. Sulphate buildup on the plates is cumulative. It's like exposure to the sun. Over time it can lead to an early death even though immediate effects are not felt.
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Thanks for the replies. I guess as you said the stock batteries aren't very good.


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get a optima yellow top and dont look back...its been single digit temps here for a few months in nyc and my truck starts no problem, even after a few days sitting over weekend...and my battery is fours years old ...enjoy

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Agreed. My Optima starts no problem at -32C after a weekend. Not saying Optima is the greatest but it is how a good battry should perform. When Optima was first bought out they went to crap for a couple years but I think all the quality issues are resolved now and they are good again.
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The battery on my 2012 went bad at about 18 months. My 2006 needed a new battery every three years, like clockwork.


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I got an interstate battery when my factory one died in the Sams Club parking lot and that was in 2010.


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Had the same problem. Numerous batteries in first 3 years. Finally went to interstate agm 13.2V, removed ground sensor loop from negative battery cable, installed grounding kit with all soldered connections, soldered and depainted all ground points visible in engine compartment, and replaced battery cables with soldered end, copper cable, with solid lead battery clamps. Most electrical problems are gone, besides those caused by inferior system design. Look up the 08 recall for engine compartment ground point repair/rebuild. It will identify faulty connections, then you just need to redo them correctly.
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Thanks again for all the replies. When this one starts to go bad I will replace it with a good quality battery and as F4N4EVR said, I will check all the connections.


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