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  1. #1
    Fred Boer
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    Default Battery from dealership?

    Hi all:

    Just had my car in to the Subaru dealership and it was recommended that I
    needed a new battery. I can't quite remember the price (I was dealing with
    another issue at the time that was more worrying - see thread below...). I
    decided to hold off on the battery. So...

    1. Should I have just let them put one in (my wife's opinion.. I think it
    would have been about $150.00 Canadian...)?
    2. Is there any good reason to want a "Subaru" branded and installed
    battery?
    3. Assuming I *can* actually change the battery myself.. what should I buy?
    Recommendations? Installation advice?

    Thanks!!

    --
    Fred Boer - Amateur Access Enthusiast
    Interests: Library software / Z39.50 / Web Services
    Freeware Small Library Application available here:
    http://www3.sympatico.ca/lornarourke/





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    Ray
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    On Mon, 21 Jan 2008 19:01:49 -0500, Fred Boer <fredboer1@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote:
    >
    > 1. Should I have just let them put one in (my wife's opinion.. I think it
    > would have been about $150.00 Canadian...)?
    > 2. Is there any good reason to want a "Subaru" branded and installed
    > battery?
    > 3. Assuming I *can* actually change the battery myself.. what should I buy?
    > Recommendations? Installation advice?


    I've never worried about battery brand and never had one that didn't last
    about as long as the warranty period. Most brands have several different
    "grades" with corisponding prices, warranties, and CCAs (Cold Cranking
    Amps). I usually try to stay away from the very bottom of the range but
    otherwise I'm not picky and havn't been disapointed. You'll want one that's
    "maintence free" which most are these days. Any store that carries
    batteries will have a book/computer that can tell you which ones will work
    with your car but it's a good idea to measure your existing one to make sure
    it'll fit (sometimes the books/computer are wrong). Installation is easy,
    the hardest part is probably re-setting your clock and radio stations when
    you're done.

    --
    Ray

  3. #3
    StephenW
    Guest

    Default Re: Battery from dealership?

    NO, buy whatever brand you wish. I perfer "Interstate"


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    Steve
    ASE Master Tech
    L1 Diag
    Currently residing at a Subaru Shop
    4.5 years doing tires and alighnments


    "Fred Boer" <fredboer1@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote in message
    news:fn3bpa$1i9$1@aioe.org...
    > Hi all:
    >
    > Just had my car in to the Subaru dealership and it was recommended that I
    > needed a new battery. I can't quite remember the price (I was dealing with
    > another issue at the time that was more worrying - see thread below...). I
    > decided to hold off on the battery. So...
    >
    > 1. Should I have just let them put one in (my wife's opinion.. I think it
    > would have been about $150.00 Canadian...)?
    > 2. Is there any good reason to want a "Subaru" branded and installed
    > battery?
    > 3. Assuming I *can* actually change the battery myself.. what should I
    > buy? Recommendations? Installation advice?
    >
    > Thanks!!
    >
    > --
    > Fred Boer - Amateur Access Enthusiast
    > Interests: Library software / Z39.50 / Web Services
    > Freeware Small Library Application available here:
    > http://www3.sympatico.ca/lornarourke/
    >




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    Clifford Heath
    Guest

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    Fred Boer wrote:
    > Recommendations? Installation advice?


    Many Subarus have really bad earthing cable/strap. It's a good
    idea to replace it, and the cable end on the starter cable +ve.
    That also gives you more choice about what battery to fit, as
    you aren't stuck with the dinky little terminals they seem to
    use.

    Clifford Heath.

  5. #5
    KLS
    Guest

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    On Tue, 22 Jan 2008 01:32:59 +0000, Ray <nmos@sonictech.net> wrote:

    >On Mon, 21 Jan 2008 19:01:49 -0500, Fred Boer <fredboer1@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> 1. Should I have just let them put one in (my wife's opinion.. I think it
    >> would have been about $150.00 Canadian...)?
    >> 2. Is there any good reason to want a "Subaru" branded and installed
    >> battery?
    >> 3. Assuming I *can* actually change the battery myself.. what should I buy?
    >> Recommendations? Installation advice?

    >
    >I've never worried about battery brand and never had one that didn't last
    >about as long as the warranty period. Most brands have several different
    >"grades" with corisponding prices, warranties, and CCAs (Cold Cranking
    >Amps). I usually try to stay away from the very bottom of the range but
    >otherwise I'm not picky and havn't been disapointed. You'll want one that's
    >"maintence free" which most are these days. Any store that carries
    >batteries will have a book/computer that can tell you which ones will work
    >with your car but it's a good idea to measure your existing one to make sure
    >it'll fit (sometimes the books/computer are wrong). Installation is easy,
    >the hardest part is probably re-setting your clock and radio stations when
    >you're done.


    We made the stupid decision to replace the factory battery in the 99
    OBW with one of the Advance Auto batteries back in October, and that
    thing died two months later. We took it back and got a full refund;
    in its place we installed an Interstate (should be available in
    Canada) battery and ran a test on the alternator to make sure it was
    ok (it was, hence why we were able to get full refund) and fully
    charged up the new battery before installation. All that cost $146 at
    our trusted independent mechanic. No need to buy from the dealer.

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    Dano58
    Guest

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    On Jan 21, 7:01 pm, "Fred Boer" <fredbo...@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote:
    > Hi all:
    >
    > Just had my car in to the Subaru dealership and it was recommended that I
    > needed a new battery. I can't quite remember the price (I was dealing with
    > another issue at the time that was more worrying - see thread below...). I
    > decided to hold off on the battery. So...
    >
    > 1. Should I have just let them put one in (my wife's opinion.. I think it
    > would have been about $150.00 Canadian...)?
    > 2. Is there any good reason to want a "Subaru" branded and installed
    > battery?
    > 3. Assuming I *can* actually change the battery myself.. what should I buy?
    > Recommendations? Installation advice?
    >
    > Thanks!!
    >
    > --
    > Fred Boer - Amateur Access Enthusiast
    > Interests: Library software / Z39.50 / Web Services
    > Freeware Small Library Application available here:http://www3.sympatico.ca/lornarourke/


    Drive over to Sears, buy the correct battery for your car, replace in
    the parking lot, then bring the old one back in for them to recycle.

    Dan D
    '99 Impreza 2.5 RS (son's)
    Central NJ USA

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    Fred Boer
    Guest

    Default Re: Battery from dealership?

    Thanks to all for the responses!

    "Dano58" <dan.dibiase@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:b4e34db7-4999-4ddd-b7c9-40406ae05e9b@m34g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
    > On Jan 21, 7:01 pm, "Fred Boer" <fredbo...@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote:
    >> Hi all:
    >>
    >> Just had my car in to the Subaru dealership and it was recommended that I
    >> needed a new battery. I can't quite remember the price (I was dealing
    >> with
    >> another issue at the time that was more worrying - see thread below...).
    >> I
    >> decided to hold off on the battery. So...
    >>
    >> 1. Should I have just let them put one in (my wife's opinion.. I think it
    >> would have been about $150.00 Canadian...)?
    >> 2. Is there any good reason to want a "Subaru" branded and installed
    >> battery?
    >> 3. Assuming I *can* actually change the battery myself.. what should I
    >> buy?
    >> Recommendations? Installation advice?
    >>
    >> Thanks!!
    >>
    >> --
    >> Fred Boer - Amateur Access Enthusiast
    >> Interests: Library software / Z39.50 / Web Services
    >> Freeware Small Library Application available
    >> here:http://www3.sympatico.ca/lornarourke/

    >
    > Drive over to Sears, buy the correct battery for your car, replace in
    > the parking lot, then bring the old one back in for them to recycle.
    >
    > Dan D
    > '99 Impreza 2.5 RS (son's)
    > Central NJ USA




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    turkey
    Guest

    Default Re: Battery from dealership?

    Just one additional suggestion. Take a good look at your battery
    size and which terminal is where before you buy, so you can verify the
    correct battery is being suggested. I have run into incorrect specs
    in battery application books before and it's always easier to get the
    right battery the first time.

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    Chicobiker
    Guest

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    On Jan 21, 8:01 pm, "Fred Boer" <fredbo...@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote:

    > Just had my car in to the Subaru dealership and it was recommended that I
    > needed a new battery. I can't quite remember the price (I was dealing with


    A couple of years ago, a shop told me my battery "failed a load
    test." I did my own load test by timing the battery voltage with the
    headlights on and it seemed to hold as well as my gf's car, so I took
    a chance and waited. My car lasted through the winter no problem.
    Morning temps can get as low as -20celcius here. My car has seen
    colder, but not that winter. So maybe the mild winter helped.

    In the summer, I was doing some other stuff anyway, so I bought a
    battery. I bought the right "style" that had lots of CCA. Cold
    Cranking Amps will do you more service than capacity. How often do
    you run your battery down to empty, vs asking your battery to start a
    cold car?

    Anyway, even though I had the right "style", the terminals were not
    centered along the top of the battery like the OEM battery, so I had
    to stretch the cables by an inch or so. Talk about tight! I got it
    to reach, but only after removing one of the cable holding brackets.
    Maybe the extra pressure will ensure a better electrical connection!
    Not a difficult job other than the reach issue.

    Also, I measured the charging current on each battery before and after
    the change. I can't remember the numbers, but I remember noticing
    that my alternator was working harder on the old battery. The
    internal resistance of a battery increases with age, and that acts
    like extra load on the alternator. So don't be afraid to wait a
    little, but don't wait too long or you'll be replacing the alternator
    too!!

    Good luck.
    2003 OBS

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    Fred Boer
    Guest

    Default Re: Battery from dealership?

    Thanks for the suggestions! I *do* intend to replace the battery - and fix
    the broken windshield - and fix the burned out bulb on the dashboard that
    prevents me from seeing the time... All I need is just 3 straight months of
    cost-free driving. I've promised myself that if I don't have to pay for any
    repairs for 3 months, then those repairs will be done.

    Cheers!
    --
    Fred Boer - Amateur Access Enthusiast
    Interests: Library software / Z39.50 / Web Services
    Freeware Small Library Application available here:
    http://www3.sympatico.ca/lornarourke/


    "Chicobiker" <chicobiker@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:a58e0480-7e40-43da-b41f-3dfa535ab362@e6g2000prf.googlegroups.com...
    > On Jan 21, 8:01 pm, "Fred Boer" <fredbo...@NOyahooSPAM.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Just had my car in to the Subaru dealership and it was recommended that I
    >> needed a new battery. I can't quite remember the price (I was dealing
    >> with

    >
    > A couple of years ago, a shop told me my battery "failed a load
    > test." I did my own load test by timing the battery voltage with the
    > headlights on and it seemed to hold as well as my gf's car, so I took
    > a chance and waited. My car lasted through the winter no problem.
    > Morning temps can get as low as -20celcius here. My car has seen
    > colder, but not that winter. So maybe the mild winter helped.
    >
    > In the summer, I was doing some other stuff anyway, so I bought a
    > battery. I bought the right "style" that had lots of CCA. Cold
    > Cranking Amps will do you more service than capacity. How often do
    > you run your battery down to empty, vs asking your battery to start a
    > cold car?
    >
    > Anyway, even though I had the right "style", the terminals were not
    > centered along the top of the battery like the OEM battery, so I had
    > to stretch the cables by an inch or so. Talk about tight! I got it
    > to reach, but only after removing one of the cable holding brackets.
    > Maybe the extra pressure will ensure a better electrical connection!
    > Not a difficult job other than the reach issue.
    >
    > Also, I measured the charging current on each battery before and after
    > the change. I can't remember the numbers, but I remember noticing
    > that my alternator was working harder on the old battery. The
    > internal resistance of a battery increases with age, and that acts
    > like extra load on the alternator. So don't be afraid to wait a
    > little, but don't wait too long or you'll be replacing the alternator
    > too!!
    >
    > Good luck.
    > 2003 OBS




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