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midnightsadie wrote:

there must be away you can disconnect both some kind of part you plug in.I,ve seen the after math of a battery explode ain,t pretty.


Yup, it’s called unhooking them.....
How on earth would you splode a battery if you touched a hot cable to ground?
I mean unless you had the balls to hold it there? Lol


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I would buy mine at Costco since they take back bad stuff with no questioned asked. It happens to get bad batteries. Then just take them down to an independant mechanic and pay to have them installed. Less headache while you read a magazine. Then take the old ones to costco for the core charge reversed.

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FWIW check with local Interstate battery store/dealer as well. Want to say they did mine on my old '03 F250 6.0 in their parking lot.


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Got both of my batteries at Costco for my 08 replaced them twice over the years. Not that hard to replace. My 2020 has some fuse panels mounted on top of the batteries. A little more work but not that hard. The batteries on my 08 and 2020 are in the same place. One in front on drivers side and the other in the back on the passenger side. Check the owners manual for additional information. Costco had the best price for Interstate batteries.


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I got my last set of truck batteries from Batteries Plus Bulbs because it was the only place open I could find that had them in stock at the time, and I was actually pretty happy with them. They swapped the batteries for me for free. I think the batteries may have been about $175 each plus tax. Les Schwab would install for free too but I would bet their prices are higher, albeit probably less than the dealer with the service fee. Honestly I think a dealership service department is generally only good for warranty work.

One area where the diesel trucks are unavoidably more expensive than their gas counterparts are battery replacements, and unfortunately I tend to only get about 4 years out of my batteries before I start having trouble.


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OP Here,

I had both batteries tested today at Advance Auto Parts. Both checked out okay so I guess I'm going to wait and just keep getting them tested. Probably may consider replacing before cold weather.

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OP Here,

I had both batteries tested today at Advance Auto Parts. Both checked out okay so I guess I'm going to wait and just keep getting them tested. Probably may consider replacing before cold weather.

Thanks!

Dave


Did Advance disconnect the wires from each battery and test w/o them? Just asking cuz it could be possible that may get a good read when it's actually not. But that being said, given the current batteries are 7 maybe 8 years old (time of actual manure date), why not just go ahead and replace them now and not worry wether or not they won't start the truck?

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ACZL wrote:

dpgllg wrote:

OP Here,

I had both batteries tested today at Advance Auto Parts. Both checked out okay so I guess I'm going to wait and just keep getting them tested. Probably may consider replacing before cold weather.

Thanks!

Dave


Did Advance disconnect the wires from each battery and test w/o them? Just asking cuz it could be possible that may get a good read when it's actually not. But that being said, given the current batteries are 7 maybe 8 years old (time of actual manure date), why not just go ahead and replace them now and not worry wether or not they won't start the truck?


You only need to take one wire off of one battery to test them separately. My wonderful Ford dealer had no clue that they needed two separate tests.





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Lynnmor wrote:

ACZL wrote:

dpgllg wrote:

OP Here,

I had both batteries tested today at Advance Auto Parts. Both checked out okay so I guess I'm going to wait and just keep getting them tested. Probably may consider replacing before cold weather.

Thanks!

Dave


Did Advance disconnect the wires from each battery and test w/o them? Just asking cuz it could be possible that may get a good read when it's actually not. But that being said, given the current batteries are 7 maybe 8 years old (time of actual manure date), why not just go ahead and replace them now and not worry wether or not they won't start the truck?


You only need to take one wire off of one battery to test them separately. My wonderful Ford dealer had no clue that they needed two separate tests.


The technician did disconnect something and ran the test on both batteries.

I would go ahead and replace them now but financially if I can wait a little it would be much better for me as I'm on a fixed disability income and a $400 expense is much better when budgeted and planned for.

Dave

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