Join Date: May 2007
Location: About to leave Chicago!
Car: 2003 2.5 4EAT with AWP.
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Bad battery or charging issue?
Electronics are not my thing. And by not my thing, I mean they tend to hate me and/or make people go, "That isn't/shouldn't actually be possible!
Anyhoo, onto the point. About 2 years ago I got rid of my worn out DieHard Gold battery (made by Johnson Controls?) and replaced it with an EverStart Maxx from WalMart (made by Johnson Controls). Now, I try and avoid WalMart as much as I can, but it was the best price for a battery when I was hard up for cash. After about 18 months, I noticed I was having a lot of corrosion on the battery tie down and around the vent caps of the battery. Water level appeared fine, I cleaned everything off and off I went. A month or two later, it was corroded badly again. Disgruntled, I took it to WalMart and they gave me a new battery.
Fast forward 6-8 months, I have a different job and no longer commute to work via Kalyee. She sits in the parking garage for 2-3 weeks at a time and gets used for brief interstate trips (10-30 miles) primarily. I last filled up the first week of January and still have almost half a tank of fuel. But the gorram battery is doing it again! I need to take my tie down off and sand/repaint it as it is now rusting from the corrosion eating off the paint, and the battery is a mess on the top. Posts themselves aren't horrible, as they have dielectric grease on them and the felt washers.
Ideas? I've been told it sounds like a charging issue, but I'm not sure how to troubleshoot that. I have a Scangauge II and it reads the battery at about 12.8 volts after sitting a few weeks and between 13.0 and 14.0 while driving.
2003 Outback wagon: "Kaylee". 144,000 and counting.
Basics: Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W30, PureOne oil filter, Fram air filter, Valvoline Maxlife Dex/Merc ATF, Mobil 1 75W90, Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Mods: 2004 Forester XT shift knob, Fumoto oil drain valve, Phillips VisionPlus low beams, Phillips HIR1 high beam upgrade, Nokya Hyper Yellow 2500K fog lights.
Also: More rust than I care to think about.