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Old 05-25-2007, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering, I'm sort of new to Fords in general....so I don't know what to think about my '03 w/29Kmiles starting to sound a little slow...or weak on starting. I'd really like to think it shouldn't be the starter going out already. Although, this car has shown me that it is failing early in a lot of areas-such as...already blown an oil pan gasket, transmission problems and of course...brake problems. I consider all of those problems very premature for a car with these miles. The car is always driven fairly easy ( I just don't get a in great big hurry anymore

I've had about 35 years of driving GM cars. On the new ones, I'd get 7-8 years on a factory Delco battery-but NEVER that long on an aftermarket battery no matter how much I paid for them.

What do you long time Ford guys think....is it just time to drop in a new battery Also, should I expect any memory issues ith the computer (like forgeting how to idle or something?)

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This just happened tonight..we go to the store....we leave and the car starts fine. Stop at the post office for 2 minutes, get in turn the key and it barely turns over. I'm thinking who to call for a jump...but I try it again and it fires up like a new car. I get home and try it again in my driveway-no problem. I go out 20 minutes later-no problem.

The battery shows "green" in the clear circle on top. I'm getting it checked tomorrow...but I'm wondering more about a starter now. Are premature starter problems common to the Taurus?
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Before you go and replace the battery, bring it in somewhere to get tested. You could be wasting your money. The battery could just have gotten run down a bit and just needs a charge. I'm looking for a battery right now for my '97. But it's due time, the battery is the original one in it, a little over 10 years old. But trying to find one with the CCA that I want and fit are hard to find.
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You can't compare battery life on newer cars to what you got 35 years ago. Today's cars use a LOT more power--power windows, A/C, computers, digital dash, etc. If you do any stop and go driving, the battery never gets a chance to fully recover. Also, today's engine compartments are so packed with stuff and the grille area is so reduced that the whole compartment runs hotter. That's why all late model car batteries come from the factory with an insulating blanket around the battery. It's not to keep them warm in the winter. It's to keep the heat away in the summer. Average battery life from factory or aftermarket these days is 3-4 years max. If your's is older, it's on borrowed time. But, you should still have the battery and charging system checked out first. Also, make sure the bat terminals are clean.
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Battery life depends on a lot of different variables. Anything from ambient temperature to charging cycles can affect the life. I would say since you only have 29,000 miles on it you don't drive much. Does the car sit around a lot or is it just driven on very short trips?

I've had OEM batteries last as short as 4yrs(91 Cougar) and as long as 12yrs (95 Escort GT). I killed the battery in my 94 Mustang a couple years ago because I let it freeze during the winter when it was stored.

I remember my shop teacher way back in high school telling me that a new battery on the shelf isn't necessarily a good battery. The manufacturer can still make a crappy battery once in awhile.
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The oem battery on my 2000 is still going strong. But when I had bought my '92 Buick, the oem battery only lasted about 3-4 years, and I really don't drive it any different. Like said earlier, temp and usage and a big difference on how long it lasts, I would also say brand of battery plays a big part also.

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Battery life depends on a lot of different variables. Anything from ambient temperature to charging cycles can affect the life. I would say since you only have 29,000 miles on it you don't drive much. Does the car sit around a lot or is it just driven on very short trips?

I've had OEM batteries last as short as 4yrs(91 Cougar) and as long as 12yrs (95 Escort GT). I killed the battery in my 94 Mustang a couple years ago because I let it freeze during the winter when it was stored.

I remember my shop teacher way back in high school telling me that a new battery on the shelf isn't necessarily a good battery. The manufacturer can still make a crappy battery once in awhile.
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Imacarbuff,

If you're looking at getting a new battery, you don't need to get Motorcraft. The top of the line Duralast (Gold Series) is better than Motorcraft. It's got a higher CAA then MC. It's either cheaper or the same price.
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I was lucky, just replaced the original battery in my 99 this year.
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Fact of life, batteries can go ****-up at anytime.
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If the car is weak, then the next time you fired it up after a few minutes it ripped off like a new car, you may have a weak/bad ground, or a bad battery cable.

I've learned one thing working on all of my past cars- like "why does a fuel pump go bad 1/2 mile from an exit on the highway, and the car stops rolling about 50 yards from the downhill grade so I have to walk there instead of coasting..."

Answer: Stuff has to break sometime, and it's never when it's convenient for you.

And I second the notion of power requirements- I usually grab a larger battery anyway, just because of the recovery time/requirements. Cars do not replenish chrage anymore 5 minutes after you start the car, and if you have short stop and go trips, your battery may not reharge itself 100%.
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