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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Can't Get a Straight Answer

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Southern Calif

Feb 28th, 2018 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

My auto battery is a "42-60".
Every attempt I've made to discover what the life expectancy of that battery is goes nowhere.

I've tried:
"What is the life of a 42-60 battery?"
"What does 42-60 mean?"
"How long will a 42-60 battery last?"
"What is a 42-60 battery?"

Exide says their 42-60 battery has a 12 month free replacement guarantee and a 60 month limited warranty.

So.... 60 divided by 12 = 5 and 5 times 8 = 40 which is 20 less than 100 ........

What the heck does the 42 stand for?

tom l
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Chuck Finley is forever.
Feb 28th, 2018 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

42 is the BCI group series number. It describes the dimensions. The 60 is just them identifying the warranty in the model number.

BCI group numbers

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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Feb 28th, 2018 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

42 is the group size. This defines the physical dimensions of the battery and where the battery posts are located.

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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Feb 28th, 2018 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

“What the heck does the 42 stand for?”

Size code, I suspect.

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I say stuff
Feb 28th, 2018 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

My IQ.

I don't know why they put it on car batteries.

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Being defenseless

does not make you more safe
Feb 28th, 2018 07:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Average life of a lead acid battery is 5 years.

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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Feb 28th, 2018 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you have an Exile battery you need to replace it. They are the worst. The company has polluted the ground in the neighborhood near their Los Angeles factory and has done little to address the problem. Typically slow walking and denial. Families are having health issues.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Feb 28th, 2018 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Whatever battery is in my 2006 Dodge Dakota (which I bought new) I want another one. It is the original, factory-installed battery and is still going strong. Don't recall ever having another car battery last this long.

Now watch: it'll croak tomorrow...

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Southern Calif

Feb 28th, 2018 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine isn't an Exide, I just used that as an example of available data.

I'm guessing that my 42-60 battery is good for 5 years .... well, 3 now, since I installed it in January of 2015.

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 28th, 2018 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Weird, I went to the Exide website and used their application guide and plugged in a few cars/trucks.

None of them showed a 12 month free replacement, 6, 24, 30, & 48.

I'd go to their site and enter your vehicle and see what comes up.

I use Interstate batteries in my stuff. Costco has them. Costco is easy to deal with if you have an issue.

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juneau ak.

If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Feb 28th, 2018 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^ Same here, I like Interstate,way over whatever brand is made and marked as NAPA, those don't seam to last as long. DYNO's are pretty good but spendy.

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Back In The UK!

Swinging The Lead
Feb 28th, 2018 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know where it came from, but I had an Exide battery laying around and needed something to power up the old Range Rover. I subsequently left said battery on the vehicle without even turning it over for six months.

Battery was totally flat, and only after sticking a heavy duty charger on it did it come back to life. I then stuck a smart charger/conditioner on it and left it a few days. It now works perfectly, exactly as specced!

I tend to change all our vehicle batteries on a yearly basis, apart from the Optimas. A good fresh battery does a hell of a lot for a vehicle's health, and making sure you fully charge them at least once a week and never let them get depleted by more than 40% helps.

Right now I have a bluetooth battery alert system running on my phone. It covers a half dozen vehicles, and let's us monitor the state of charge as well as graphing the charging, etc. No more dead batteries!

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