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Should I buy a new battery? slow-cranking in cold weather..

My battery is 4.5 years old. It's worked great until the past year, where it will die when I run the radio and windows without the engine running for extended periods of time, having to get a jump start..

Also, I've noticed that since the cold weather has arrived, it slow-cranks to get started initially, but then cranks fine the rest of the day.

Should I just get another? thx.
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Sounds like its no longer holding a full charge.
i would get a new one if it were me.
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new battery time. sounds like a few cells in the battery r dead
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Yup, sounds like it is done... 4-5 years isn't a great life time, I expect 7 years out of a good brand... Johnson Controls is my personal choice.

My mother has a Motorcraft in her Taurus... the car is a 1994, and it is the original batter... finally this year it won't hold a charge overnight... last year, it wouldn't hold a charge for more than about 4 days...

I would say though that yes, you are at the end of the life span for the battery if that is the output you are getting.
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Battery quality varies so much. Your 4 year battery might well be near the end.
Around Portland they run from $30 (battery exchange rebuilt) to $130 (Sears).
If your budget will take the hit, get the best battery you can.
Nice thing about some of the new high end units, is that they can't leak acid in the engine compartment. In the long run, well worth it.
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My battery is 4.5 years old. It's worked great until the past year, where it will die when I run the radio and windows without the engine running for extended periods of time, having to get a jump start..

Also, I've noticed that since the cold weather has arrived, it slow-cranks to get started initially, but then cranks fine the rest of the day.

Should I just get another? thx.
Short answer...YES!

Same thing happened to me. My trep would slow-crank in all weather/temperature, until one 20 degree day when it would not crank at all. I got a new battery and all works fine now.
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yeah the old cold crank amps are low
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Ive had decent luck with Walmart brand batteries, the one in the Trep and a marine for a small electric motor. No problems and the price is right, I would just replace it, its not worth getting stranded over a $50 battery.
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Heh, I just went out and bought a group 65 battery for Mom's Taurus... the battery from WalMart, for the cheapy, was like right at 50... the next grade up was 65, and the best was 75... but we could NOT get waited on, so we went to Autozone... the price went up by nearly 50% in the last 4 months at Autozone... the value line battery was 83, the 2 year was 93, and the best was $108!!!!

I was SHOCKED!
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You ever get a chance to walk through a place that recovers the lead out of batteries, take a look at the difference between a low and high end battery.
The difference in the size of the plates, is significant.
Our cars are very hard on their batteries; best to go will a good one.
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I have a loose policy on batteries where I replace them about every 4 years, it seems as though weather its a top of the line or mid line battery they become unreliable at about the 4 to 4 1/2 year mark. Lately I have been buying the duralast red batteries which I have been satisfied with.

In short, I'd replace it!
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You ever get a chance to walk through a place that recovers the lead out of batteries, take a look at the difference between a low and high end battery.
The difference in the size of the plates, is significant.
Our cars are very hard on their batteries; best to go will a good one.
The difference in plates will have some to do with how the battery issued. For a given size and design, you can make the plate such that they will either dump a LOT of juice at once, or you can dump a little juice for a LONG time...

Now yes, the more expensive a battery, the better a battery in general, but there is a point of overkill for the everyday car driver...
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Get your self some soda water, bubble gum, two paper clips and a yard of silk rope. Connect the paperclips to the side of the battery with the bubble gum. Then...


ok....
Its probably easier just to replace the battery.


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Battery time. Interstate makes good batteries I think. Got a used one in the Intrepid and it fires right uo even when the temp is around 0.
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I purchased an Exide Nascar Select battery. $79.99

960 cc at 32 degrees
700 cc at 0 degrees

Starts up like a charm in the morning now. The old napa battery that was in there was 660 and 500
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