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My battery is not showing any signs of trouble, the terminals are clean and it starts up fine.

However, it is getting up there in age (4 or 5 years).

The last two batteries I had die (on other vehicles) showed no symptoms and just stopped working.

I got lucky both times as one was in my garage and the other across from a service station.

I don't want spend money for no reason and I feel that you can get good or bad batteries out of a batch (and I feel like I got a good one).

Would a load test show the usable life or is there another test that can be done?

Or am I better off replacing it?

For reference, I've got a Duralast Gold.

Thanks for the input.


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I wouldn't touch it until it dies.
 

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My only concern is if it breaks down in the middle of nowhere which sometimes I find myself in.

Though I do have AAA.


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My battery is not showing any signs of trouble, the terminals are clean and it starts up fine.

However, it is getting up there in age (4 or 5 years).

The last two batteries I had die (on other vehicles) showed no symptoms and just stopped working.

I got lucky both times as one was in my garage and the other across from a service station.

I don't want spend money for no reason and I feel that you can get good or bad batteries out of a batch (and I feel like I got a good one).

Would a load test show the usable life or is there another test that can be done?

Or am I better off replacing it?

For reference, I've got a Duralast Gold.

Thanks for the input.


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A load test would be a good initial indicator of how your battery is doing under the conditions by which you would start it and use it.
 

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Auto Battery - its one of those funny things - I have had brand new ones last less than a week - and old ones go happily along on my daily driver vehicles for as long as 12 /2 years. Bottom line - If it ain't broke - don't fix it.
 

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Unfortunately, most battery tests show only current function and load capacity, not how long a lead-acid battery will last. Unless you're out in a remote area on a regular basis, I'd go keeping your existing battery for another year. After six years, however, I'm more inclined to change it out on a preventative basis.
 

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Auto Battery - its one of those funny things - I have had brand new ones last less than a week - and old ones go happily along on my daily driver vehicles for as long as 12 /2 years. Bottom line - If it ain't broke - don't fix it.

Yea me too. I feel like I've got a good one so I'll just hold off.

Most of the places I go have cell service so I'll just take my chances.

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My battery is the original 2010. I went on vacation and it sat for two weeks and when I got back it was -10 degrees (f) and it wouldn't start the truck. I charged it back up and it seems to be holding it's own, but I've gone ahead and got one of those little 12000mAh jump starters and I carry that around now. I'll probably wait until next year now that I have that. Pretty cool little gizmos. I jumped my buddy's dead Silverado at about 0 degrees and although it was a little slow, it turned it over and started it.

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Being out in the middle of nowhere is why I replaced my OEM battery with an Odyssey battery long before the OEM battery had a chance to die on me. The Odyssey batteries die slowly, giving you time to replace it before it dies completely. You just have to recognize the signs (slower starts mainly).
 

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I would go ahead and get a new one. I think 4-5 years is about the max you can expect.

I've mentioned it before, but you can get a pretty good deal on a battery from advanced auto parts. They regularly put out 30% off coupons (sometime $50 off $100+). It actually takes the percentage off the total, then you get the core charge back when you return the old battery. I get the codes off fatwallet.com.

Or get yourself one of those portable jump start things on sale this week and carry it with you.
 

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My last battery started doing funny things to the truck when it started going dead. It made the truck look like it was having the IPDM problem the early ones had the recall on, where it would start up fine 9 out of 10 times, and then absolutely nothing the 10th time. Then after a few tries with nothing, it would start. Once in a while it would stall right after starting. I went ahead and replaced the relay thinking mine had gone bad but still had the problem. Replaced the battery, which was about 5/6 years old, and all problems went away immediately. Battery place tested it and said technically it tested good - I said go ahead and replace anyway. It was worth it.
 

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I'm on my second Duralast Gold, and a third one is likely to have to happen within a month or so. I only get about 3 years out of a battery and I don't really have anything on the truck that's not OEM to be pulling a heavy load. It is what it is, but I'll get another before I'll let a dead battery strand me.
 

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If you're stubborn, take it to the parts store and have it tested. It will show you cold cranking amps, which is more important than voltage. A battery at 12.7 V but low CCA will not start the truck.

The problem with modern engines and fuel injection is that it actually takes little battery power to get the engine started. The engine is so primed to start that once one cylinder fires it pretty much starts. That's why many Titan owners (including myself) experience no other symptoms before the battery fails to start the truck. The battery has actually been on its last leg for a while before it finally dies. My last battery had literally 0 CCA, but 12.7 V when it kicked the bucket.

Also, don't be picky on what battery you get (except for size and output of course). About 70% of the batteries in the U.S. are made by Johnson Controls, then companies put their own casing and stickers on them. The Duralast Gold at Auto Zone is the same battery as the Auto Craft Gold at Advance.


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Dumb idea. Then you are left stranded somewhere when it dies.

Average battery life is ~5 years. I'm on my third battery in 11 years of ownership. Factory battery plus 2 replacements.
I'm not left anywhere AAA can't reach me or I can't use the jumper cables. He even said that he could be reached & on my truck I get a lots of warnings before the battery completely dies, currently that is happening.
He asked for opinions and I gave mine, he's a big boy and can decide what he wants to do.
I think more people have agreed with me & you can give your opinion to the OP but to respond to my opinion is making you look like a Dic!
 

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Op I have the same battery and have had it about the same amount of time. I went through 2 oem batteries within 3 years and now on 5 years with the duralast gold. I also have aftermarket amp and subs and play them everytime im in the T. Im really impressed so far with this battery "knock on wood" and as almost everyone has stated, aint broke dont fix it. My T flutters all the gauges just before the battery goes out on start up. Thats my indictator to get a battery asap cuz after that its dead in the water. Its happened twice like that
 

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Batteries sometimes fail with no warning, and I've been stranded with a dead battery that gave no warning (which was 5 years old), so I replace them when they're 4 years old.
 

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I'm not left anywhere AAA can't reach me or I can't use the jumper cables.
But why even let it get to that point? You either spend ~$100 now for a battery or ~$100 later. What's the diff? Easier to buy now and not let it get to the point of dying and then having to call AAA.
 

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I always replace mine around the 4 year mark.. I've never been stranded with a dead battery.
 
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