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#1 (permalink) Old 11-12-2006, 08:37 PM
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how long do batteries last?

the reason I ask is my battery is maybe 4 years old...and I couldn't start her a minute ago....after a jump start she runs like a champ....is there a way to fix a battery? or is the only option buying a new one?

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Batteries last anywhere between 3-6 years.
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hmm...good to know....I, for some reason, thought they lasted 10+ years....

looks like I'll be buying a new one tomorrow...

thanks dude...

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You might bench test the alternator.Bosch?

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I ended up buying a new battery the next day.....I knew it wasn't the alternator because I replaced that 2 years ago....

I probably could have squeezed a few more weeks out of the battery...but with a bitter winter right around the corner I decided to just replace it...now she starts like a champ....doesn't even hesitate

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Sounds good.
Dont you whish all repairs/mods were so easy LOL.

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^^^ no kidding...I didn't even get my hands dirty...I stood there while the guy at Checker checked the battery, went and found a new one, brought it out to my car, installed it, and took the old one back inside.....all I did was pop the hood...

it was almost like "drive through car repair"....

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^^^ whats wrong with that?

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E30 verts and early 318's have the battery under the hood.
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E30 verts and early 318's have the battery under the hood.

oh thats what Starmavin was talking about.....I thought they were all like that....

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