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Old 11-05-2011, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2007 Stock Battery Replacement

Coming up on 5 yrs since I pcked the car up (12/31/06). I'd rather replace the battery now instead of when stranded. What is the best battery for long life ? I can't believe the stock has lasted this long !!
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I did the same thing today..it lasted 5 and half years..It was still running well but I knew it was time...I had GM replace the battery with an identical one. It cost 196 dollars including tax and fees...that included labor also. GM tells there techs not to take off the fender...but to take off the wheel well...he showed me the print out...We got lucky...so why change batteries.
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I recommend a die hard platinum..extremely good batteries..
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We put a Bosch Premium in my fathers SKY, and I will be doing the same in mine soon. Got it at Pep Boys for about $159.00 I believe. I also believe we got $15 back when we brought in the old one. I think we totaled in around $145.00 if I am not mistaken!
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10 years

I have heard of car batteries lasting 10 years - but I would consider that an exception. somewhere between 5 and 8 years is a good time to proactively replace.

then again - sometimes - depending on year round weather conditions and milage - you can have other items such as a fusible link or an alternator go bad - and it may appear that the battery has died - when in fact something else in the charging system is really the problem.
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Use a dry cell remove the acid.
There are a lot of post on this.
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I recommend a die hard platinum..extremely good batteries..
I went to their web-site and notice different Group sizes of battery... What is the size for our Kappa's, is it 34? Thanks!
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Use a dry cell remove the acid.
There are a lot of post on this.
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I am looking at replacing my battery as well as it is 6 years old now, having only one problem, this week the car didn't start and flashed the dash lamps. Thinking the battery was on its way out i find the negative battery clamp loose and fairly corroded, wondering if anyone has found a good replacement end for these, as i want to replace battery and clamp end, without spending another hundred bucks for a complete cable.
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I had the dealer replace mine when I had it in for other service. $115 for the battery and $50 for labor. I didn't have any indication of a problem, but it was a 6 year battery, 5.5 years old.
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If you want to go cheap I think a group 58 battery will fit.
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I got a blue top optima that is waiting to go in. I like the extra posts on the top for ease of adding accessories.
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I am looking at replacing my battery as well as it is 6 years old now, having only one problem, this week the car didn't start and flashed the dash lamps. Thinking the battery was on its way out i find the negative battery clamp loose and fairly corroded, wondering if anyone has found a good replacement end for these, as i want to replace battery and clamp end, without spending another hundred bucks for a complete cable.
I purchased a set of THESE off ebay to replace the OE's in my Sky.
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I used a X2 dry cell. On the tray knock over the two tabs.
Now any make will fit.
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It's fun being stranded.
You meet some of the darndest people.
Go down to Radio Shack and by a digital multimeter.
Check your battery once a week.
The multimeter will tell you in pleanty of time.
That the battery is knocking on Heavens door.
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