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Old 03-21-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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Battery Replacement Recommendation

We recently purchased a 2009 Hurricane. The chassis battery is the original Motorcraft battery.

I am thinking it may be wise idea to be looking at a new battery, instead of waiting for this one to fail at the most inconvenient time.

Looking for a recommendation on what I should replace it with.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-21-2016, 08:37 PM   #2
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The best battery you can buy for that coach is an Odyssey battery. They are also relabeled for Sears as their best automotive battery. Not inexpensive but built with pure lead and not recycled lead like most makers use
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:57 AM   #3
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X2 on the Odyssey Battery. I used one in my Mercedes for 9 years. Still going strong when I sold it...

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I'll disagree to some extent. The Odyssey is an excellent AGM-type battery, but you can do near as well with any decent flooded cell, 12v cranking battery at a much lower price. Just get one with the same CCA rating as the current Motocraft, and of course the same physical size (BCI battery case #) and terminal type. You got 7 years from the OEM Motocraft and it hasn't failed you yet, so how much "better" do you want a battery to be?

Don't get me wrong, cause AGM batteries do have advantages. Foremost is probably reduced corrosion potential on posts and surrounding metal. But there is a hefty price premium to get that for basic engine cranking battery. Price out the two types (Oddyssey is not the only brand of AGM type cranking battery) and see what you think.

There is nothing wrong with recycled lead either. The old lead is melted down and any impurities removed to restore the lead to a "pure" condition. From then on, the manufacturing process is the same regardless of where the lead came from.
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Lead is one of the most recycled metals in the market. I don't think one can buy guaranteed virgin lead unless they own the mine.
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Thanks for the responses. Although the Odyssey appears to be considered the best, we are retired and I have to consider cost. I was thinking more like another Motorcraft, Duracell or Interstate. If it lasts another seven and I am still in good health, that will be about the time I have to decide if it is time to give it up. Thanks again.

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I just drop by the Interstate shop and get the biggest CCA battery that fits. Then on the first sign of a problem I replace, normally at about 5 years. I don't get a no start situation.

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Thanks for the responses. Although the Odyssey appears to be considered the best, we are retired and I have to consider cost. I was thinking more like another Motorcraft, Duracell or Interstate. If it lasts another seven and I am still in good health, that will be about the time I have to decide if it is time to give it up. Thanks again.

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Congratulations Fred. You have run the gauntlet and come out the other side using nothing more than Common Sense.
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The battery you have lasted 7+ years. Save your money and replace it with the same battery. Group size and CCA. That is all you need. JMHO
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Thanks all.
Went to the Ford Dealer and bought a Motorcraft Max Tough of the same size as the original. Warrantied for three years and was $ 119.95. If it lasts as long (or close) to the original, I'll be happy.
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We recently purchased a 2009 Hurricane. The chassis battery is the original Motorcraft battery.

I am thinking it may be wise idea to be looking at a new battery, instead of waiting for this one to fail at the most inconvenient time.

Looking for a recommendation on what I should replace it with.

Thanks for your help.

Fred
Hi RV Fred, we have always used Interstate batteries. They are supported all over the US.
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Our local Costco now sells Interstate batteries at their discount price, Limited selection but good saving if they have you size.
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Too late for my recommendation. Take pictures of your batteries and cables for future reference.

As for batteries, I measure the hole and fill it up. One does not buy a battery, one merely rents them.
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I have used Autozone 5 year batteries for years. They are great and they have a 3 year free replacement warranty and they're all over the country if you have a problem. They usually run around $100.
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