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Changing battery...

Hey soon I am going to be changing my battery, but the battery group size is a 36r. Those are like gone! lol I am wondering if I can change to another battery group size...like a group 34 battery. I know I will need to install the tray for that battery. My second question is will that tray fit the OE tray that is currently holding my 36r battery? I know it is kind of confusing but clarify please..since im rambling on and on, on this forum lol.
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Hey soon I am going to be changing my battery, but the battery group size is a 36r. Those are like gone! lol I am wondering if I can change to another battery group size...like a group 34 battery. I know I will need to install the tray for that battery. My second question is will that tray fit the OE tray that is currently holding my 36r battery? I know it is kind of confusing but clarify please..since im rambling on and on, on this forum lol.
I know when I replaced my battery less than a year ago Walmart carried the correct size. It's made by Johnson Controls, and Walmart has warranties on their car batteries. You also get a core return if you still have your old battery.


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Sears had choices available in 36R last week when I put one in my niece's Sable

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Well I want to get an optima red top and a optima yellow top for the trunk but the closest size is a 34 group. I need it because my current battery is three years old and if I buy a battery for the back and install it, then it will deplete the starting battery and the new battery. So yeah. That's where my dilemma is
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The red oo is going to be the starting battery
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Is your current battery failing? 3 years isn't necessarily the normal life span for a car battery.


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If you have an O'reilly's they should have a 36R on hand ant if they don't there's no reason why they couldn't order you one. Get a battery that fits, not one that'll work. Improper fitting batteries are a safety and fire issue. Also, 3 years is a bit short for a battery's life. I'm going on 7 years with my battery and I live in North Dakota and my car never sees the inside of a garage, even in the dead of winter.
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If you have an O'reilly's they should have a 36R on hand ant if they don't there's no reason why they couldn't order you one. Get a battery that fits, not one that'll work. Improper fitting batteries are a safety and fire issue. Also, 3 years is a bit short for a battery's life. I'm going on 7 years with my battery and I live in North Dakota and my car never sees the inside of a garage, even in the dead of winter.
It's actually heat that kills a battery. In cold states they tend to last longer. I've gotten between 6-8 years on a battery, but I've heard they might only last 3-5 years in a southern state where it gets pretty hot.

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34/34R will also fit.. 34R won't require any modifications

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It's actually heat that kills a battery. In cold states they tend to last longer. I've gotten between 6-8 years on a battery, but I've heard they might only last 3-5 years in a southern state where it gets pretty hot.
And even that isn't a hard and fast rule. I had at least five years on a Bosch battery in my F-250, and it was used when we got the truck, not to mention it already looked a couple of years old.

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