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    Quote Originally Posted by murky View Post
    If being gone a few weeks finishes off your battery, you're due for a new one anyway.
    I donít disagree. I just find a dead battery to be really annoying so I would still use a maintainer if I wonít be driving it more than a couple weeks.

    I also will preemptively replace it once itís 5 years old or so if I hadnít quit already because I believe it probably will soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jthj View Post
    I don*t disagree. I just find a dead battery to be really annoying so I would still use a maintainer if I won*t be driving it more than a couple weeks.

    I also will preemptively replace it once it*s 5 years old or so if I hadn*t quit already because I believe it probably will soon.
    The point is that he, and you, won't find a dead battery after a few weeks if your battery is healthy, so you won't be annoyed, and don't need to give it that special treatment.

    But it it makes you feel better, then by all means, do it. No harm in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NelsonLewis View Post
    Yes, really.

    It*s O*Reilly btw.

    If you insist, just disconnect the battery.

    Well I wont go into why this is not always a way to insure when you reconnect it the battery will start the engine.
    Guess that's why some have AAA and at least a cell phone to call for a jump or battery replacement? hahahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    The point is that he, and you, won't find a dead battery after a few weeks if your battery is healthy, so you won't be annoyed, and don't need to give it that special treatment.

    But it it makes you feel better, then by all means, do it. No harm in it.
    I guess the problem is they tend to go fast without a lot of warning. I mean that is why so many people have AAA (or some roadside assistance) right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by murky View Post
    If being gone a few weeks finishes off your battery, you're due for a new one anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
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    Quit worrying and enjoy your vacation!
    Then would it not be better to check the battery and replace it if it is needed go ENJOY the vacation to return to a car that will start Right up! HA! what a concept?

    Real digital Battery Load tester in pictures:




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    Right if youíve just checked it to be sure itís fine.

    Either way ounce of prevention is worth pound of solution or however that saying goes. I just want to know itís going to start when I get back lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jthj View Post
    I guess the problem is they tend to go fast without a lot of warning. I mean that is why so many people have AAA (or some roadside assistance) right?
    Actually the top reasons people call for roadside assistance are:

    1-out of gas
    2-locked out
    3-flat tire
    4-dead battery
    5-call for a tow

    at least according to Allstate .

    If the battery is healthy, it won't go bad fast, by definition.

    Of course, we have no idea of the condition of OP's battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post

    Of course, we have no idea of the condition of OP's battery.
    I donít really disagree with you. But unless youíve just checked it you probably donít know the condition right?

    Iíll admit I donít check mine weekly or anything like that.

    And I donít think many people actually check it or have the equipment or knowledge to do so. So itís probably once every 6-12 months they take it in for maintenance assuming the dealer/independent shop is doing it like they should.

    So I still just think a maintainer is a very reasonable preventative practice.

    Not even sure why everyone thinks thatís so unreasonable.

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    Not unreasonable at all. Just unnecessary.

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    Nowhere did I see where the OP told us the year of his CX-5.
    That might be helpful.
    If it's brand new, then I wouldn't worry about the battery.
    If it's 5 years old, then that's a different story.

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    Unless you look at the manufacture date burned into the side of the case which is not the top date code as a sticker or any other sticker or decal you do not know when the battery was actually manufactured. I might also add that the 5 years only has to do with advertising and how that company adjust warranty. By NO means does it guarantee any length of time a battery will last. There is no Chrystal ball to determine so many variables that can cause a battery to stop supporting the electrical system of a vehicle the only way to keep up on the batteries condition is to have the battery checked at least before winter and before summer. MINIMUM!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grendel65 View Post
    Unless you look at the manufacture date burned into the side of the case which is not the top date code as a sticker or any other sticker or decal you do not know when the battery was actually manufactured. I might also add that the 5 years only has to do with advertising and how that company adjust warranty. By NO means does it guarantee any length of time a battery will last. There is no Chrystal ball to determine so many variables that can cause a battery to stop supporting the electrical system of a vehicle the only way to keep up on the batteries condition is to have the battery checked at least before winter and before summer. MINIMUM!
    Right.
    And you can buy a basic load tester really cheap.

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    And a maintainer is cheap too. Just saying ounce of prevention!

    If it was a 5 year old car and in a cold climate Iíd feel a lot better about it. Think someone else figured out it wasnít cold though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grendel65 View Post
    There is no Chrystal ball to !
    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    Right.
    And you can buy a basic load tester really cheap.
    Yes they are ^^^^^^^^^ and with most vehicles with all the on board computers it is only reasonable to have in the DIY tool box.


    Oh I forgot I sorta have a Chrystal Ball that I ask advises form time to time! HA!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jthj View Post
    I guess the problem is they tend to go fast without a lot of warning. I mean that is why so many people have AAA (or some roadside assistance) right?
    My battery died over the course of a year. Sub-optimal performance for about that time-period finally culminating in a dead battery one night before work. My vehicle is a 2015, and it died the final death a month or two ago IIRC.

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