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So I go out to start the beast this morning and get nothing. I assume battery is dead. Try and jump it and no luck. I pull the battery and have it tested and they tell me it is "non-functioning." Duh.

As the truck is less than 6 mos. old, I installed a temp. battery and am going to make nissan give me a new battery this week. I realize the Nissan batteries suck, but they should still last longer than 6 mos.
 

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BayStateSuks said:
So I go out to start the beast this morning and get nothing. I assume battery is dead. Try and jump it and no luck. I pull the battery and have it tested and they tell me it is "non-functioning." Duh.

As the truck is less than 6 mos. old, I installed a temp. battery and am going to make nissan give me a new battery this week. I realize the Nissan batteries suck, but they should still last longer than 6 mos.
Nissan doesn't make batteries. There are only like three major battery manufactures, Exide, Johnson Controls, Delphi. I still have the orignal in my 04and it's doing just fine. Anyone or any manufacture can have a battery failure. Nissan should replace it.
 

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While I agree that there are only a few manufacturers of batteries and components, based on all the posts here it would appear the quality of the ones that Nissan uses in their vehicles is sub-par. I have had every one of my factory batteries in my Mitsubishi, Toyota and Honda vehicles last over 6 years without any leakage or other problems.

So, I am not sure why the Nissan batteries die quickly. Not just based on my battery but based on all the other posts here.
 

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I bet I know why: it's a 2008. It was probably sitting on the lot w/ people checking it out, parking lights flashing for curb appeal, etc. Happens all the time.
 

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I bet I know why: it's a 2008. It was probably sitting on the lot w/ people checking it out, parking lights flashing for curb appeal, etc. Happens all the time.
That is certainly possible. Also, I noticed the voltage was always a little below 12 volts even when I bought it. My '05 Titan voltage always read a little less than 14 volts. I chalked it up to some difference between '05 and '08. With the temp. battery in there now, the reading is a little shy of 14 V. So my guess is the battery was bad from the start and something finally broke for good. It tested at 53 CCA (not 530 but 53).
 

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That is certainly possible. Also, I noticed the voltage was always a little below 12 volts even when I bought it. My '05 Titan voltage always read a little less than 14 volts. I chalked it up to some difference between '05 and '08. With the temp. battery in there now, the reading is a little shy of 14 V. So my guess is the battery was bad from the start and something finally broke for good. It tested at 53 CCA (not 530 but 53).

Although the battery is now dead, the original cause of your problem could be a poor connection or a poor alternator. Your previous low voltage indicates a charging problem potentially being the real problem. That should have been checked by a mechanic. Constant drain on the battery will cause it to fail, a new battery will run for awhile.

Have a thorough Electrical System Check done by the Dealer. Don't jump to the conclusion that a dead battery means a poor battery.

I just fixed a major problem on a truck at work, caused by a failed ground strap between the block and body. It was quite an unusual find.
 

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When I bought my brand new 06 Seqouia the battery went dead 2 weeks after I bought the truck so it can and does happen to all vehicles.
 

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I just replaced my 04 batt with an optama red top and its a hell of alot better not a hard instal to do but the 08 they should replace it.
 

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I was going to spring for the Optima red top myself, but none of my local auto parts stores had one with the proper electrode configuration (positive in the back) in stock.

Maybe I will try and use my persuasive skills to get the dealer to spring for an Optima to avoid further return visits. Also, I can't imagine they have the Nissan BT batteries in stock anyway.
 

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Although the battery is now dead, the original cause of your problem could be a poor connection or a poor alternator. Your previous low voltage indicates a charging problem potentially being the real problem. That should have been checked by a mechanic. Constant drain on the battery will cause it to fail, a new battery will run for awhile.

Have a thorough Electrical System Check done by the Dealer. Don't jump to the conclusion that a dead battery means a poor battery.

I just fixed a major problem on a truck at work, caused by a failed ground strap between the block and body. It was quite an unusual find.
This may be true and I am going to ask them to check the voltage coming out of the alternator to eliminate a bad alternator. But with the old battery always registering a lower voltage than theoretically feasible, I think it was just bad.

My temp. battery reads about 13.5-14 volts during operation. The old one never read that high.
 

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optama does not make one for the titan but If you call them they will tell you the one to get. you will have to extend the + cable about 2-3in to have it fit. I got all the parts from autozone and it took an extra 20min. It also locks into the stock harness. starts so nice now!
 

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optama does not make one for the titan but If you call them they will tell you the one to get. you will have to extend the + cable about 2-3in to have it fit. I got all the parts from autozone and it took an extra 20min. It also locks into the stock harness. starts so nice now!
I was told that red top model # 9020-164 would fit, but all that was in stock was red top model # 9022-091.
 

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I dont remember what model it was I will find out when I get done working and let you know> I will also take some pics so you can see the install. You need reverse polarity redtop. I called optama and asked them. I bought it from batteries plus they had 3 in stock.
 

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Here is what they sent me:

Please accept our apologies for the delayed response.

Optima only produces a few different size batteries. We do not show a listing for the Titan due to not having a size to properly fit into the battery tray without modifications to the vehicle. The Nissan Titan takes a reverse polarity battery, which in an Optima will be the red top 35 and red top 34R also yellow top model D35, however you may need to do modifications to your vehicle in order to properly mount and secure the battery and to properly install the battery.

Please feel free to contact customer service at the number below if you have any other questions. Thank you for your interest and support of Optima Batteries.

Minh
Optima Batteries
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1.800.292.4359

I ended up going with the 34r it mounts into the stock bolt down perfectly and works great you will need about $8 worth of extra parts a good pair of wire cutters and a few socket wrenches. should take about 30min to an hour to replace. good luck
 

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So, I am sitting here at the dealer laughing (and soaking off their Wi-Fi). Per Nissan North America (NNA), they have to test my battery first that won't hold a charge. This test consists of charging it for one hour (keep in mind it is not chargeable and they have acknowledged this as they continue to try and charge it), placing it back in the vehicle and then running some tests when the vehicle is started. Good luck with getting the vehicle started guys. I realize they probably have to follow this protocol to get reimbursed from NNA, but common sense should trump rote protocols, i.e., if battery won't charge then battery is bad.
 
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