Join Date: May 2007
Car: 2003 2.5 4EAT with AWP and 2002 3.0 L.L. Bean wagons.
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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.
For the love of all that is holy, PLEASE try using the Google search bar at the top of the forum!
2003 Outback 2.5 wagon: "Kaylee". 160,000 and counting.
Mods: 2004 Forester XT shift knob, Fumoto oil drain valve, HIR1 high beam upgrade. Also: More rust than I care to think about.
2002 L.L. Bean Limited 3.0 Outback wagon: "Mal". 108,000 and counting.
Mods: Scangauge II, Fumoto oil drain valve, and a decent bit of fixing up to do.