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Thought I was going to have to finally replace the battery but the negative terminal was heavily corroded.
Cleaned everything up replaced the negative terminal and I think it's going to be fine but time will tell.
I posted about this being the original battery before and got the BS feedback but no lie it is still original.


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LOL ! you're on "Borrowed" time for sure. I've seen reports of original Mopar bateries going 6-7 years but not 10+!


Have you been removing the caps and adding distilled water if needed? I'd guess not with the condition of the post clamp terminals!
 

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LOL ! you're on "Borrowed" time for sure. I've seen reports of original Mopar bateries going 6-7 years but not 10+!


Have you been removing the caps and adding distilled water if needed? I'd guess not with the condition of the post clamp terminals!
Nope I've done nothing but clean the post when needed.
My wife keeps telling me to get a new battery but it's lasted so long now it's a challenge and I've accepted.


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All you'll have to do at this point to do it in is leave the headlights or interior lights on overnight. :)
 

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I am! I thought I was the only one. 01 3.2 with 73000. Car was a daily driver until 2010, now it's stored winters but I always put a trickle charger on it every other week when it's stored. As doubled72 said, its a challenge now to see how long it will last.
 

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Well had to replace the battery about a year ago July I think and the replacement didn't last a year, dead short in the battery. I did buy the cheapest battery I could find and they replaced it for free.
After jumping the car and on the ride home a check engine light P0118 came on. Its currently at a shop getting the coolant temp sensor replaced.
I was wondering what else could have been damaged because of the short? Other than a high idle which i assume is due to the temp sensor not sending a proper signal to the computer the car runs fine.


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I replaced mine 2 years ago. It was, according to the date, 11 years old. I have not had that luck with any other battery so I guess whoever made them did a great job!
 

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Wow! I've had batteries develop what seemed to be intermittent shorts, but never seen a melt down like that. Perhaps the difference is the shorts I've experienced were relatively minor - enough to pull the battery voltage down (usually a single cell shorts), and the current burns the short open, like a fuse, but yours was a hard short that dominated the battery and too big to burn open, but the huge short-term energy dump spread through tthe battery. I have never seen a "Chernobyl" like that.
 

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I also changed the power wires just in case they overheated well. I added wire loom after the fact to protect the wires.


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Reminds me....need to check how old the battery is in my newly acquired 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Have a new NAPA AGM battery that was slated to go in my just totaled 2013 Dodge Durango. They both use the same size/group battery. Thanks for bringing this thread back up from the dead as a reminder!
 

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Dont know why anyone would brag about their old poop battery, one of the first thing I do when I get another car is replace the battery with a AGM. AGM are in all my cars and my girlfriends car, she has a habit of turning the engine off but still talk on her bluetooth, she can talk on her bluetooth now with the engine off for over 2 hours

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Dont know why anyone would brag about their old poop battery...
Putting down other people (besides me) for no reason whatsoever, I see. You're about to earn yourself one-way ticket outta here.
 

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Please dont, I might lose sleep just thinking about that.
Wasnt putting anyone down btw, to me a new battery is just what you do when you get a new car, like a tune up and an oil change, stuff like that. Everything just works better with good electrical.

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Do you get your batteries at your Dealer parts dept? heh
 

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Dont know why anyone would brag about their old poop battery, one of the first thing I do when I get another car is replace the battery with a AGM. AGM are in all my cars and my girlfriends car, she has a habit of turning the engine off but still talk on her bluetooth, she can talk on her bluetooth now with the engine off for over 2 hours

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In my experience the factory supplied lead acid batteries are not poop and have lasted longer than even the more expensive lead acid batteries you can get from the parts store.

I know several people that replace their batteries every 2 years whether it needs it or not. I think thats going a little to far.

I don't see why I would replace something thats brand new and could last 18 years and has cost me nothing over its 18 year life.

AGM batteries can fail just like any other battery.

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