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HORSESCO

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Sep 16, 2006
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colorado
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2002 electron blue coupe
Everyone in here has been great, thanks for the help. But ofcourse i have another question. This battery was changed out in July 2004, should i change it out now? i know they normally only last a couple of years. Had to do a re- charge on it (dealer recommended, he said battery was good) and it is doing ok, but i do live in colorado, not that i plan on driving it much come winter, but we already got snow today! i am a native and that is early.:L So just wondering would rather be safe then sorry but don't want to throw money away, if i should replace should i get the red top gel i hear so much about?:confused
 

mrm1149

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Aug 31, 2005
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377
Location
North Canton, OH
Corvette
2000 Pewter coupe
The newer redtops are having there share of problems from what I hear....Exide seems to be the battery of choice for many these days. Get an inexpensive battery maintenence charger that automatically turns off when the battery is charged........that's what I do and seems to work just fine!
 

LLC5

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Sep 28, 2004
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2,299
Location
Wa.
Corvette
98 black 6spd convert.
Optima's are spiral wound lead acid battery's, not gel cells. If your battery load tested good (1/2 CCA), then you don't need a new battery. A battery tender is a good idea for any vehicle that sits for extended periods to reduce sulfation.
 

Roc

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Mar 9, 2005
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50
Location
Bowling Green, KY
Corvette
2002 coupe, 2006 Z06
cranking from a low battery results in diminished battery capacity. For a car that sits, either leave it on a tender or use the tender to bring the battery to full before cranking from it when vehicle has been sitting. Also, even on a car getting regular use, particularly in extreme heat or cold and short trips, put the battery on a tender overnight every month at least to bring the battery to maximum. You will find far increased service life that way.
 

vettenuts

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Nov 13, 2000
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123
Location
Wakefield, RI
Corvette
2002 Mag Red Convertible
My original AGM in my 02 finally went out with a "bang" and I went with the Exide Orbital. There seems to be a rash of Optima failures and I wanted something more reliable. I also keep it on the Tender when I know I won't be driving the car for several days.
 

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