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When my truck isn't plugged in and it's real cold out 0-20* F, especially when it sits all day or overnight, the batteries don't seem to have enough juice to turn the motor over. Defintitely related is the fact that my gauges are hooked up to the 12V outlet in the dash and I need to relocate that wire. But, when it's above 30 degrees I have no problem at all starting the truck if it sits for a while. Does having my gauges hooked up to the 12V outlet draw that much power when the truck is off and would it effect cold starting that much if the block isn't plugged in.
More than likely, my batteries need to be replaced though. I was hoping to get a few suggestions for batteries for my 98 12v. I'd like something that will have the cold cranking power for temps to 0*.
Something that might be easier and cheaper is switching to synthetic oil when it gets cold. I know my truck starts much easier when using it.
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Synthetic oil helps but if your batteries are junk I would suggest getting a pair of 1100CCA Interstate batteries. I have had ones that were froze solid and thawed out that worked just find for another 2 years or so. Impressive for lead plate battery.
'01 QC dually 4x4 -silver-
Banks power elbow
4" exhaust with 5" stacks
80hp BD injectors
Edge EZ box
Moded air box
Pyro and Boost gauges
There was a battery thread a while back and a lot of people were very satisfied with the Wal Mart batteries. Made by a good company and cheaper than the big names.
I've had a pair of the Yellow Dura Maxx Batteries from Walmart for the past 6 years and are still going strong. 1000 CCA at 32* and drop to 900 CCA at 0*
I think these are warranted for 9 years, good battery for the price IMHO
Never mind the Mules, Just load the Wagon!:
1997 2500 4x4 Auto, 4.10 Reg. cab Long box. BHAF, Silencer ring M.I.A.Dowel Pin Killed Phantom Triple gauges, #5 Plate Slid some, Star wheel cranked.
Thanks everyone for your advice. Went to wallyworld and was surprised how cheap the batteries were there and am happy to hear that it's actually a good product for the price. So outlawstorm, what do you consider expensive for the Optima batteries?
i just put in my optima yellow tops, and i love em! they were about 168 a piece. so yeah kinda spendy. but i figure that they will last, are completly sealed, and will completly recharge if you drain them ALL the way. But ive also had good luck with the EverStart MAXX wal mart brand.
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I think an important thing to consider is getting a sealed battery. Conventional type batteries will leak acid and destroy the inside of your fenders. Not only that, due to the beating these trucks take on the front end, the batteries get shook to death - again, a conventional battery isnt always the best choice here. Cheapest isnt always the best. Optima, or better yet , Oddessy batteries are a great way to go.
Yowza! I called the local supplier for those Odessy batteries and they want
$270 a piece for them. The Optima were much less, but still pricey at $164 a piece. Wallyworld wants $72. Looks like I'll find something in between, though
the Optimas are tempting. Thanks again for all the advice.
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