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10-18-2014 03:24 PM
doylez Quick update on my situation with the draining battery - it turns out my aftermarket rear backup camera module was causing excessive drain. Once it was removed, the problem went away. I should have taken some more time to research how to troubleshoot and isolate the source of the drain but the simple trick of using a voltmeter to the battery terminal and cable and then pulling fuses probably would have pointed me in the right direction. Oh well, glad it's fixed and I can finally start enjoying my new Jeep (minus the rear backup camera)
10-11-2014 07:57 PM
Ed Pursell So, just in case, my 2012, bought new JKU, battery fails, I can have it replaced for no charge? I got 17,000 miles, bought in July 2012.... If it does die, anyone have the Interstate direct replacement number, I've always had good luck with Interstate battery? Or the Sears, I live about 5 miles from a Sears service center...
10-11-2014 04:28 PM
JimMariner I let them replace mine under warranty, then I went out and bought a nice AGM Battery.

I then installed the factory battery into my wife's 09 JK. Hers only gets light usage/low miles. Never more than 4 miles from home.
10-11-2014 03:22 PM
Razer If my factory battery goes within the warranty period, I won't be putting another factory one in....
10-11-2014 02:54 PM
OregonWild That's true, but a warranty doesn't do shit for you when you have to walk out of the middle of nowhere.
10-11-2014 11:38 AM
xcgjxfj The battery IS covered under your 3/36K bumper to bumper warranty. But, if the dealer cites your electrical mods as the cause of failure.... you're going to be out-of-pocket on this one....
10-11-2014 12:00 AM
OregonWild Oh that's just frikken great! I'm waiting for my 2015 JKUR to show up and you're all tellin' me I also gotta add a new battery to my growing list of mods...
10-10-2014 10:43 PM
sunnykk I am also on the list for defective battery. My 2012 battery failed at 25K miles and 30 months. Was within the warranty period, so I got a free replacement. Hopefully, its not another crappy battery.
10-10-2014 01:42 AM
Rusty Pancelode Count me in on the early battery failure list...
18 months old and 12k miles.
10-10-2014 12:49 AM
suicideking
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Originally Posted by doylez View Post
I have a 2014 JKU with just over 4000 miles. Battery was dead on Tuesday morning. Jump started her and dropped her off at the dealership. Everything checked out fine as far as the battery and alternator goes. I drove it home Wednesday evening, drove it to/from the gym Thursday morning, but at 5pm I go to start it up and it's dead...again. Jump started it and dropped her off again. I have no idea what it could be. Before I dropped it off, I started and stopped it 4-5 times and each time it cranked very strong.

I imagine some of you do just fine parking your Jeeps in your garage and leaving the key in the ignition on the off position? I can't imagine THAT to be the cause of the battery draining. No dome lights are on either. Maybe just a bad battery?
Sounds like just a bad battery. I would think they would stop using such crappy batteries, but guess not. At least if it's a '14 with only 4K miles and under warranty, that's there problem to figure it out.
10-09-2014 09:30 PM
doylez I have a 2014 JKU with just over 4000 miles. Battery was dead on Tuesday morning. Jump started her and dropped her off at the dealership. Everything checked out fine as far as the battery and alternator goes. I drove it home Wednesday evening, drove it to/from the gym Thursday morning, but at 5pm I go to start it up and it's dead...again. Jump started it and dropped her off again. I have no idea what it could be. Before I dropped it off, I started and stopped it 4-5 times and each time it cranked very strong.

I imagine some of you do just fine parking your Jeeps in your garage and leaving the key in the ignition on the off position? I can't imagine THAT to be the cause of the battery draining. No dome lights are on either. Maybe just a bad battery?
04-26-2014 08:41 PM
Maitre Do both DieHard sizes 47 and 48 fit a JK?
02-22-2014 09:36 PM
fireron The group 35 Sears Platinum works well and the terminals are in the same configuration as the stock battery.
02-22-2014 08:43 PM
n3tfury
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Originally Posted by fishmd View Post
Yep. Gonna get a Sears Diehard Platinum. Dealership tested it out and said I was only getting 200 cold crank amps rather than the expected 500 to 600. I could have dealership replace it but with all the complaints I have read I might as well get something that I know will be reliable. By the way, Sears does not show their platinum battery online, but they do sell it if you call them up and they give you an extra 10% off. I am going with a Group 35, which supposedly will work with a 2012according to way of life.
Yep that's a good battery. After my 2012 OEM battery failed after 20k miles on it, I opted for an Interstate battery. I'm sure the Diehard Platinum will serve you well for years to come.
02-22-2014 03:21 PM
fishmd
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Originally Posted by n3tfury View Post
The stock one is crap. Buy a real one.
Yep. Gonna get a Sears Diehard Platinum. Dealership tested it out and said I was only getting 200 cold crank amps rather than the expected 500 to 600. I could have dealership replace it but with all the complaints I have read I might as well get something that I know will be reliable. By the way, Sears does not show their platinum battery online, but they do sell it if you call them up and they give you an extra 10% off. I am going with a Group 35, which supposedly will work with a 2012according to way of life.
02-22-2014 03:00 PM
firehawk
Wal*mart

HI, JUST GO to WAL*MART & GET A 3 year battery, $79. problem solved, if
you are under 3 years go to any jeep dealer, problem solved. Then go have some jeep fun..
02-22-2014 01:35 PM
n3tfury
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Originally Posted by fishmd View Post
Hum, once again not happy with my local stealership. I know my battery in my 2012 is starting to go. Slow crank to start at times. I only have 17,000 miles. Asked the service advisor if it would be covered, he says no...wtf. I may be better just buying a real battery anyways.
The stock one is crap. Buy a real one.
02-22-2014 01:24 PM
fishmd Hum, once again not happy with my local stealership. I know my battery in my 2012 is starting to go. Slow crank to start at times. I only have 17,000 miles. Asked the service advisor if it would be covered, he says no...wtf. I may be better just buying a real battery anyways.
12-20-2013 08:04 AM
n3tfury
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Originally Posted by mcgee10 View Post
The biggest problem with those big box stores is that most small towns up north don't have any. When wheeling in the U.P of Michigan and your battery dies your just plain done. When my first battery died at 7200 miles it would not start even using jumper cables. With an Interstate battery they are sold in every town every where. And if your stupid enough to have jeep put in another one of there junk battery's you deserve to be left where ever you are. Why would you do it knowing it will die on you at anytime. Dealer told me they have had some that were dead when the carrier truck arrived at the dealer from the factory, the jeeps had less than 1 mile on them.
That happened to me with the jumper cables. Both that I tried did not jump the original battery. The tow guy came out and told me to upgrade my battery cable (?) and jumped it instantly. At that point I headed to my nearest Interstate dealer.
12-20-2013 07:57 AM
mcgee10 The biggest problem with those big box stores is that most small towns up north don't have any. When wheeling in the U.P of Michigan and your battery dies your just plain done. When my first battery died at 7200 miles it would not start even using jumper cables. With an Interstate battery they are sold in every town every where. And if your stupid enough to have jeep put in another one of there junk battery's you deserve to be left where ever you are. Why would you do it knowing it will die on you at anytime. Dealer told me they have had some that were dead when the carrier truck arrived at the dealer from the factory, the jeeps had less than 1 mile on them.
12-19-2013 07:53 AM
RoadGlide
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Originally Posted by bbermann View Post
I throw in my opinion in case it might help anyone...

A few years ago I needed a battery for my Nissan Pathfinder and headed over to Costco. They did not have anything for it in stock so I went next door to Walmart and purchased their EverStart Maxx battery.

Almost three years later, things are getting a little slow so I find my receipt and call Walmart. They say yes, you are under warranty and we will take a replacement up to the Customer Service desk to hold for you. I go to Walmart, pull my battery and walk in and swap it out for the brand new Maxx, essentially no questions asked.

A couple years later, this baby is cranking in sub zero weather like a champ.

Works for me.


EverStart Maxx 35N Automotive Battery: Automotive : Walmart.com

EverStart Car Battery Review and Deals – Bestcovery
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Originally Posted by sinepome View Post
These batteries are pretty good. I use one in my yj. I also have a Walmart battery in my Honda..... But it's a lawn mower battery. The last one lasted a year. Not bad for $25.
...made by johnson controls...and they do well.

...wMart switched from exide to johnson about 3 years ago +/-...

...the exide ones have radiused corners on the caps, and the johnson oes have 45 degree chamfers on the corners...

...exide = not so good...johnson = pretty good!

...the warranty is phenomenal...
12-19-2013 07:26 AM
sinepome
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Originally Posted by bbermann View Post
I throw in my opinion in case it might help anyone...

A few years ago I needed a battery for my Nissan Pathfinder and headed over to Costco. They did not have anything for it in stock so I went next door to Walmart and purchased their EverStart Maxx battery.

Almost three years later, things are getting a little slow so I find my receipt and call Walmart. They say yes, you are under warranty and we will take a replacement up to the Customer Service desk to hold for you. I go to Walmart, pull my battery and walk in and swap it out for the brand new Maxx, essentially no questions asked.

A couple years later, this baby is cranking in sub zero weather like a champ.

Works for me.

EverStart Maxx 35N Automotive Battery: Automotive : Walmart.com

EverStart Car Battery Review and Deals – Bestcovery
These batteries are pretty good. I use one in my yj. I also have a Walmart battery in my Honda..... But it's a lawn mower battery. The last one lasted a year. Not bad for $25.
12-19-2013 07:06 AM
bbermann I throw in my opinion in case it might help anyone...

A few years ago I needed a battery for my Nissan Pathfinder and headed over to Costco. They did not have anything for it in stock so I went next door to Walmart and purchased their EverStart Maxx battery.

Almost three years later, things are getting a little slow so I find my receipt and call Walmart. They say yes, you are under warranty and we will take a replacement up to the Customer Service desk to hold for you. I go to Walmart, pull my battery and walk in and swap it out for the brand new Maxx, essentially no questions asked.

A couple years later, this baby is cranking in sub zero weather like a champ.

Works for me.


EverStart Maxx 35N Automotive Battery: Automotive : Walmart.com

EverStart Car Battery Review and Deals – Bestcovery
12-19-2013 06:08 AM
mcgee10
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Originally Posted by n3tfury View Post
Not sure why people are replacing these with another stock battery. That's ridiculous unless you don't care about being stranded. Oh, 2012 here, dead battery at around 25k, changed with a real battery from Interstate.
This happened to my buddy, he knew when mine went the 2nd time in 15000 miles I replaced mine with a Interstate mega power so not to think about being stranded in the woods some where.
Well his 2013 JK battery died on him while taking a break on the power line trail no one around and no cell signal.
The road only jeeps might get away with those bad replacement jeep battery's but no anyone that is off- roading.
12-18-2013 12:29 PM
n3tfury
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Originally Posted by stevenj24k View Post
only reason i changed to another stock battery was my battery actually died across the street from my jeep dealer. they came across the street, jumped me, then did a replacement for free under warranty. BUT after reading all of this i am strongly considering grabbing one of the odyssey's and installing it. i've owned a lot of trucks/jeeps over the years, and honestly this is by far the earliest i've ever had to deal with a dead battery.
Can't blame you with that swap then. Mine was on the other side of town and I didn't feel like letting sit at the shop yet again.
12-18-2013 12:28 PM
suicideking
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Originally Posted by n3tfury View Post
Not sure why people are replacing these with another stock battery. That's ridiculous unless you don't care about being stranded. Oh, 2012 here, dead battery at around 25k, changed with a real battery from Interstate.
You won't necessarily be stranded. I was at home when it happened to me. I was able to use a battery charger and get it started. Jumper cables also would've worked.

The hope is that they fixed the issue with the battery. I'll let you know in 20K miles or so...
12-18-2013 12:26 PM
stevenj24k only reason i changed to another stock battery was my battery actually died across the street from my jeep dealer. they came across the street, jumped me, then did a replacement for free under warranty. BUT after reading all of this i am strongly considering grabbing one of the odyssey's and installing it. i've owned a lot of trucks/jeeps over the years, and honestly this is by far the earliest i've ever had to deal with a dead battery.
12-18-2013 08:54 AM
n3tfury Not sure why people are replacing these with another stock battery. That's ridiculous unless you don't care about being stranded. Oh, 2012 here, dead battery at around 25k, changed with a real battery from Interstate.
12-17-2013 04:58 PM
SilverMiner
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Originally Posted by Ricky Dog View Post
Manager at Sears told me East Penn Deka is now the manufacturer for Sears Diehard Platinum.
So I ordered an Odyssey.
No doubt a cost saving deal, but as long as the design and specifications are the same, that's what matters most.

In doing a little online digging, it looks like East Penn is pretty highly regarded for quality batteries.
12-17-2013 04:35 PM
Ricky Dog Manager at Sears told me East Penn Deka is now the manufacturer for Sears Diehard Platinum.
So I ordered an Odyssey.
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