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05-14-24 03:00 PM - Post#2869850    

hi, the 2016 tahoe has the oem battery and Im getting concerned I could be left stranded shortly merely due to the age of the battery. Im guessing 8 yrs is a good run on this battery and should replace even if its not showing weakness. What are your thoughts?
thanks jim


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05-14-24 03:18 PM - Post#2869851    
    In response to 995jim

Could start by doing a load test, but yes 8 years is pushing it.

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05-14-24 03:48 PM - Post#2869854    
    In response to 995jim

Agree with Shep: Eights years is long enough. Just had intermittent dead battery issue with my neighbor's Lexus. After lots of time on diagnostics that yielded nothing, we finally replaced the 6-year -old batter battery on my hunch -- fixed it.

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05-14-24 04:54 PM - Post#2869859    
    In response to 995jim

NAPA Legend battery. I've got one that's about 15 years old and another that's 18 years old. Both in vehicles that are stored winters.

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05-15-24 02:29 AM - Post#2869873    
    In response to 995jim

I usually get 5-6 years on a battery, although my two current cars are 2017 Fords and both still have the original batteries. I live in a cold climate which is hard on batteries. I would replace it before you get stranded somewhere.


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05-15-24 03:32 PM - Post#2869892    
    In response to Don57

I have a similar situation where the tahoe is garage stored and to date only has 15k mileage


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05-18-24 06:34 AM - Post#2870004    
    In response to 995jim

Replace it. I have had terrible luck with Costco Interstate batteries for daily drivers and would not recommend one. I have a NAPA Legend on my Impala that has lasted for many years but it gets trickle charged monthly and driven rarely.

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05-18-24 08:38 PM - Post#2870031    
    In response to 995jim

Fwiw, they are only handful of battery manufacturers in the US, mostly due to EPA regulations (chemicals etc). So that means the same battery is made under several different brand names. Also, that the cheaper the battery, the lessor the quality. Friends son works for local Auto-Value and he told me once, don't buy a battery from us. We get a lot of defective ones but we are the cheapest and that all corp is interested in, beat the competitors price as there is no cost to us to replace.

IMO the best battery is a AC Delco. I had one Interstate in my Mother's 90's Chevy and it lasted about 2 yrs.

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05-19-24 02:47 AM - Post#2870033    
    In response to elcamino

There's no good place or time to have a battery issue. I buy from a local auto parts store that offers the longest free replacement warranty. Like too many other items, the quality over the years is slipping. My last battery was from Advance Auto.I also keep a battery tender on it since my driving is occasional. Happy hunting!

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05-19-24 09:10 PM - Post#2870057    
    In response to kingkreeton

im seeing interstates last 2-3 years. napa 3+ years. around here for a girl car i replace after 3-4 years. depends on how many starts and long cranks the battry goes through. i normaly install the biggest battery that will fit in my cars. aaa has a good battery policy.

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