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Need Battery advice

The dealer keeps telling me I need a new battery. I am in Georgia, the car is garaged, so I keep getting by. Today, at work, the car is parked in 32 degree (F) weather, and I worry it may not start when it's time to go home. So, the advice I need is: Dealer or Wal-mart or. . .? I want a good battery, I still trust Consumer Reports.

The wife worries that any old place may not be able to reset whatever needs resetting, TPMS, maybe? Anyone have experience with this?

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I use Walmart. Get 5-year batteries with 3-yeqr free replacement.
Absolutely no worries on resetting anything. Maybe radio stations but I don't recall that for sure.
No TPMS issues, or anything the dealer has to do.

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Scout, I just bought this battery:

Buy AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 24, 700 CCA 24F-6 at Advance Auto Parts

It has a 7-year warranty with 3-year free replacement. Use coupon code A124 for $40 off when you order online. That brings the price down to $75.99. A few minutes after ordering, I got a confirmation email, went to the store and they installed it for free.

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The dealer keeps telling me I need a new battery. I am in Georgia, the car is garaged, so I keep getting by. Today, at work, the car is parked in 32 degree (F) weather, and I worry it may not start when it's time to go home. So, the advice I need is: Dealer or Wal-mart or. . .? I want a good battery, I still trust Consumer Reports.

The wife worries that any old place may not be able to reset whatever needs resetting, TPMS, maybe? Anyone have experience with this?

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i bought my Honda battery from Honda dealership for about $100.
It comes with a 100 months warranty. I no longer have my Honda civic. But I kept the battery as a spare for my rav4.
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Costco also has batteries. I believe the battey for the RAV sells for $75 + tax. Also 3 years replacement, 100 month pro-rated, 640 CCA, 24F group.

Did the dealer say why you should change the battery? Did he do a load test?

If it is the original battery, go ahead and change it. I am changing mine in Oct 2013, ready for next winter.I have original Panasonic battery. My car is also garaged at home but says out at work.

it was -22F for the past week and the RAV started on the first crank without any fuss everytime but I don't want to push my luck too much. i would not worry at all about 32F/0C if the battery did not give you any issues before. Take your time and choose a good battery in case it gets colder.

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The dealer keeps telling me I need a new battery. I am in Georgia, the car is garaged, so I keep getting by. Today, at work, the car is parked in 32 degree (F) weather, and I worry it may not start when it's time to go home. So, the advice I need is: Dealer or Wal-mart or. . .? I want a good battery, I still trust Consumer Reports.

The wife worries that any old place may not be able to reset whatever needs resetting, TPMS, maybe? Anyone have experience with this?

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Go to a Harbor Freight store or go online to harborfreight.com:
they sell a battery+alternator tester (made China). Cost $2 to $3!
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Go to a Harbor Freight store or go online to harborfreight.com:
they sell a battery+alternator tester (made China). Cost $2 to $3!
http://www.harborfreight.com/alterna...ter-69018.html

It is just a voltmeter for dummies. It cannot read CCA other things that regular testers do.
I was really excited to get one

I already have this info (including runtime voltage) in my ScanGaugeE.

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Go aftermarket and not a Toyota branded battery. A couple of us here (three cars in total) had the original batteries replaced under warranty with another Toyota brand battery. That one lasted right at two years for all three cars. I bought two 36 month over the counter exchange batteries at Auto Zone since they're right down the street and I needed them ASAP.

(It's more purty than Junebug's battery)
Duralast Gold/Battery (24F-DLG) | AutoZone.com

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Are you having any trouble starting it? Sound any different when starting that would make YOU think it needs changing?

Not totally relevant but I just changed the original battery in our '05 VW Jetta with 144k miles. Yep, almost 8 years old. I thought that was pretty good! And this is a car that has spent it's whole life in Upstate NY, North Jersey and now PA. Not exactly battery friendly winters although it lives in the garage when home.
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Our OEM battery died suddenly. It was working fine, starting the Rav with no hesitation, until we parked it at the airport for ten days (it can sit for a few days at home fairly regularly) in a covered but open garage. When we came back, it was so dead there was not even a hint of a glow from the interior lights. It took sitting on a charger for ten minutes before it could even be jump started.

The next morning, after a 25 mile highway drive home the previous night, it needed another jump start, where we promptly drove it to the dealer to get it replaced under warranty. So, no warning signs at all, and the next thing it is internally shorted somehow and dead.

The longest lasting OEM battery was in our 1996 BMW, which we finally changed out in 2008 or 2009. That died pretty suddenly too, but I think it can be forgiven for being 12 or 13 years old.

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