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which battery size is right?

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i have a 08 sport I4 with OEM battery, barely 42K miles, use to live in the northeast, but now live in southwest where temp > 110 F in the summer.

Shopping for a new battery, but not sure what size to get (24 vs 35) and have no idea what size it must be. currently a sweet deal at sears.com for 35 platinum diehard battery, but dont want to waste time if its not wise to get the bigger size.
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cool thanks for the infor. technically, wont the 35 still fit in my 08 rav4? according to the dimensions, its just a tad bit smaller. as long as the specd are met (or better) and it fits, it should be good to go, correct>
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cool thanks for the infor. technically, wont the 35 still fit in my 08 rav4? according to the dimensions, its just a tad bit smaller. as long as the specd are met (or better) and it fits, it should be good to go, correct>
I am using 35, no problem at all.

Kirkland battery ... odd size ???



Last year, I couldn't find the group 24F at Costco, I installed group 35 instead.
Because the 35 is 3 cm smaller, there's empty space between the battery and the sleeve. but it works fine.

My Kirkland 35 has Cold Craking Amp 640.
which is better than Toyota 24F specification Cold Craking Amp 575.
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Unless there is some compelling reason to buy the non recommended battery I see no reason to do so.

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Unless there is some compelling reason to buy the non recommended battery I see no reason to do so.

its on sale!!!! but thanks for the information
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I am using 35, no problem at all.

Kirkland battery ... odd size ???



Last year, I couldn't find the group 24F at Costco, I installed group 35 instead.
Because the 35 is 3 cm smaller, there's empty space between the battery and the sleeve. but it works fine.

My Kirkland 35 has Cold Craking Amp 640.
which is better than Toyota 24F specification Cold Craking Amp 575.

thanks this helps...
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Physical size is a must to fit the space you have, but chemically get a battery that is big. Big as in CCA, serve power, lots of space at its bottom for spent lead sep;omits, big terminals so it can handle the current coming and going and don't forget the over all build of that battery to withstand the many bumps, the temperature changes and the hold downs.

Batteries of lead acid (wet) are killed early by neglect, over use, under sized cables, dirty connection, lack of electrolyte.

Maintenance free is an impossibility with battery and battery life. If you have a so called sealed maintenance free battery take a razor or sharp knife and cut the top to allow you access to the cells, then maintain the cell levels with distilled water.

Buying a new battery for a used car? Read what the the original battery specifications were and then with the physical sizes go bigger in the capacity of the battery.

Both heat and cold are the nemeses of batteries, they are like us, they like moderate temperatures around 65-70F, but they live under a hood where its hot or cold.

A battery looked after in today's cars will last shorter than say 20 years ago, but a lifespan of 8 years is regularly achieved with proper looking after.
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you guys are careful too much. :P
At least 24F and 35 are;
- almost same specification.
- can be tightly bolted to tray.
- proved working by many people's Rav4 include mine.
- used by Rav4 V4.2
etc..
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I agree with RTexasF - unless there is a compelling reason, use the recommended battery. Also, buying a battery which is intended for use in cold climate areas if you live in a mild winter area adds unnecessary weight and may marginally affect gas mileage.

Also, having been a technician for a major battery manufacturer, do NOT open a maintenance-free battery if it has been sealed by the manufacturer, or after the initial electrolyte has been added if it is a dry-charge battery! It is designed to be a closed system, and a certain amount of internal pressure is needed for the recombination the elements including gas which are produced in normal operation. Also, exposure to ordinary atmosphere will damage the plates. If a maintenance-free battery has been abused, for example by continued overcharging, it may have to be opened to add water, but the service life will be drastically compromised anyway because of the abuse.

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