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Autozone Batteries Suck

I just had the battery go bad in my '72. I took it in and it was bad--the battery turned out to be 14 months old--seriously, 14 months It had never gone dead while I had it. They gave me a new one, but really--14 months Is it just me?

This is the second vehicle I have had that has had an Autozone battery that lasted under 2 years. I am done with them, next time I buy a battery elsewhere!

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You need to realize though that there are just a hand full of battery makers out there and everyone else just puts their lable on them. You may go somewhere else and get the exact same battery

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Re: Autozone Batteries Suck

Walmart batteries rated high in Consumers Report magazine. I have bought a couple of AutoZone batteries, don't recall any premature failures.

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Re: Autozone Batteries Suck

I've had two go bad in our 2002 Taurus within 2 1/2 years. I already figure I'll buy the next one somewhere else as well.
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Re: Autozone Batteries Suck

Take it from me. Optima Red Top. I bought one going on 3 years in the AZ heat, months without starting and it cranks all day! Worth the extra, got mine from Costco.

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been using autozone batteries for years in all my vehicles with no problems and even using smaller and cheaper than recommended soo most of them sat for extended periods of time but with an overnite charge would perform as needed. wes
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You need to realize though that there are just a hand full of battery makers out there and everyone else just puts their lable on them. You may go somewhere else and get the exact same battery
There's 4 major battery makers that I know of, three I can remember the names of....Exide, East Penn and Johnson Controls.

Last I was aware of East Penn and Johnson Controls had the contracts to do the Optima batteries.

They all make different "grades" of batteries depending on what the end company (that will lable the battery) specs out and price/month warranty. The longer month batteries (60-84 month) are better built as they have more plates and sacrificial anodes in them over the 24-36 month.


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You need to realize though that there are just a hand full of battery makers out there and everyone else just puts their lable on them. You may go somewhere else and get the exact same battery

Also battery is aging while on the shelf. You should try to get a freshly made
battery. Places like Walmart operate on high turnover of inventory, less likely
to get old battery.

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Re: Autozone Batteries Suck

Who makes the batteries Ford puts in OE? Is there a source to buy those and are the OE batteries the same as the Motorcrafts you buy at the dealer? I ask because the battery in my 1996 Mustang Cobra lasted over 12 years! So, you can see why 14 months irks me a bit.

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I don't know who makes the Motorcraft batteries. Last I knew the AC Delco ones were being made by Johnson.

The manufacturers can change from time to time as they go out to bid for the contracts. I work for a large robot and automation equipment supplier and we have done work for Johnson Controls and East Penn.

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Re: Autozone Batteries Suck

I've used AZ (Duralast) batteries for many years. I've always gotten excellent service and life out of them. I also always buy the top or next to top line battery. If you don't, well, you get what you pay for...

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i have autozone battries in both my stangs
fastback is at least 5 years old
vert is maybe 2 years old
no problems maybe you just got a bad one ?

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I don't know who makes the Motorcraft batteries. Last I knew the AC Delco ones were being made by Johnson.

The manufacturers can change from time to time as they go out to bid for the contracts. I work for a large robot and automation equipment supplier and we have done work for Johnson Controls and East Penn.
What you said! The name on a battery is NOT like beer! A can of Bud is made by Bud...
Miller Lite is Miller! Sears Die Hard is just a lable. Says nothing about who makes it!
Exide is a producer. Almost no names are actually the producer. It changes from year to year!
Johnson control IS a producer (one of the largest) but you've probably never
seen a Johnson Control battery label!

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Just my 2c worth. I had an autozone battery in my 67 that lasted 13 years.
On a serious note have you had your charging system checked throughly to assure a) it is putting out what it should or b) that you are not over charging the battery?
Years ago I kept having to return batteries (while under warrenty) in a car as they were going dead. Went thru four in two years. Finally had system checked other than just checking with volt meter and found that I had a overcharging condition.

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That is a good suggestion. However, I use a voltmeter to see what the battery voltage is both while engine is off for battery charge level and when running to confirm charging and how much.

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