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04-26-2014 07:41 PM
Maitre Do both DieHard sizes 47 and 48 fit a JK?
02-22-2014 08:36 PM
fireron The group 35 Sears Platinum works well and the terminals are in the same configuration as the stock battery.
02-22-2014 07:43 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 02:21 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 02:00 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 12:35 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 12:24 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 07:04 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 06:57 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 06:53 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 06:26 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 06:06 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 05:08 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 11:29 AM
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 11:28 AM
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 11:26 AM
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 07:54 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 03:58 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 03:35 PM
Ricky Dog Manager at Sears told me East Penn Deka is now the manufacturer for Sears Diehard Platinum.
So I ordered an Odyssey.
12-17-2013 01:36 PM
SilverMiner I second the Diehard Platinum line when possible (although they don't make the exact group size for the new JK's apparently). They were the same as Odyssey batteries years ago, can't imagine they changed much in quality or did a redesign even if they shifted plants. Great battery for the price (about $200), and it's the only one I recommend to people.
12-17-2013 01:21 PM
stevenj24k 2012 JKU - 32K miles - battery died saturday, no warning, just DOA. dealer installed new OEM one under warranty, mopar 36K battery. assume it's the same POS that died. keeping fingers crossed this one lasts a little longer - maybe spring for a better one. just something else to obsess about today
12-15-2013 08:03 AM
JimMariner This battery warranty replacement frees up cash that was not allocated to Jeep parts that might have had to be spent otherwise. (Christmas Presents for my kid) Knowing now that these batteries have issues, I will test mine more frequently. I have the meter, why not, especially knowing this WILL happen again in the future.
12-15-2013 03:22 AM
mcgee10
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Originally Posted by JimMariner View Post
So to follow up on my Dead Battery Issue.
(Yeah, Silver Spike was looking almost necessary)

Went to the service dept of my dealer. I told them I have a DOA Battery in my Jeep, and it's In the back. Had to borrow my wife's battery to get there.

So they say, can't take your word for it that the battery is dead, we have to put it back in the jeep, hook it up to a machine for an hour, just so they can test it properly. Bla Bla Bla. I told them my Battery Tester said it was Dead Dead Dead, Replace.

So, They Did, Brand new Battery in the Jeep again. No cost out of my pocket. All covered under the factory warranty.

More in the transmission recall thread and tailgate stopper thread.
You won't be happy the next time it happens your warranty will be over. The biggest problem is they replaced your dead battery with another one of those bad battery's. I don't want to be stranded in the middle of no where when that happens. I paid for a replacement for my jeep I bought a interstate battery they sell them in every town everywhere. My dealer first tried to say my winch caused my battery problems I have since replaced my dealer also and given him the reviews on-line NO dealer wants to have. Good luck with that 12-20 month battery they gave you.
12-14-2013 08:35 AM
JimMariner So to follow up on my Dead Battery Issue.
(Yeah, Silver Spike was looking almost necessary)

Went to the service dept of my dealer. I told them I have a DOA Battery in my Jeep, and it's In the back. Had to borrow my wife's battery to get there.

So they say, can't take your word for it that the battery is dead, we have to put it back in the jeep, hook it up to a machine for an hour, just so they can test it properly. Bla Bla Bla. I told them my Battery Tester said it was Dead Dead Dead, Replace.

So, They Did, Brand new Battery in the Jeep again. No cost out of my pocket. All covered under the factory warranty.

More in the transmission recall thread and tailgate stopper thread.
12-14-2013 07:13 AM
joe buell
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Originally Posted by JimMariner View Post
I find myself to be in this club now. But thankfully, after a day of running all over the place, it gave up the ghost right in my driveway.

All the freaky things I see everyone else say, like the Jeep was possessed. I swapped out the battery from the wife's Taurus. Since I am still under warranty, I will go see if they will place a new battery in the Jeep.

20,068 miles on my 2012 JKUS

It is amazing how these things die, no warning. All the previous startups today were normal. No hesitation. Till the last one, click, click, click Nada. Immediate voltage drop when checking it with a meter. Slow rebound afterwards. Used my Battery Tester, The Taurus Battery tested Good. The Jeep Battery tested as Dead/Replace. Put it on a charger after swapping the batteries, still a no go. It's DOA.

Fun Fun Fun
When this happened to mine the same thing I thought I might need to run a silver spike through the block freeky but at least I learned a good lesson about jeeps roadside assist or lack there of it only covers the 1st $100 of a tow so remember if you break down depending on how far you are you might be better off to call your Insurance company my has free towing up to 100 miles I would deff call them just my 2 cent
12-14-2013 04:07 AM
mcgee10
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Originally Posted by JimMariner View Post
I find myself to be in this club now. But thankfully, after a day of running all over the place, it gave up the ghost right in my driveway.

All the freaky things I see everyone else say, like the Jeep was possessed. I swapped out the battery from the wife's Taurus. Since I am still under warranty, I will go see if they will place a new battery in the Jeep.

20,068 miles on my 2012 JKUS

It is amazing how these things die, no warning. All the previous startups today were normal. No hesitation. Till the last one, click, click, click Nada. Immediate voltage drop when checking it with a meter. Slow rebound afterwards. Used my Battery Tester, The Taurus Battery tested Good. The Jeep Battery tested as Dead/Replace. Put it on a charger after swapping the batteries, still a no go. It's DOA.

Fun Fun Fun
After a little more looking on this problem between the dealer and jeep and a buddy that works for Delco found out they have had over 16000 bad battery's in just jeep and 29000 in Toyota's they are the one's that own the factory in India that makes the bad battery's. The main problem with them is contaminated lead used in processing and NO way to fix it. Here's the best part Jeep not Chrysler has a 10 year contract with Toyota battery plant.
12-13-2013 12:03 AM
JimMariner I find myself to be in this club now. But thankfully, after a day of running all over the place, it gave up the ghost right in my driveway.

All the freaky things I see everyone else say, like the Jeep was possessed. I swapped out the battery from the wife's Taurus. Since I am still under warranty, I will go see if they will place a new battery in the Jeep.

20,068 miles on my 2012 JKUS

It is amazing how these things die, no warning. All the previous startups today were normal. No hesitation. Till the last one, click, click, click Nada. Immediate voltage drop when checking it with a meter. Slow rebound afterwards. Used my Battery Tester, The Taurus Battery tested Good. The Jeep Battery tested as Dead/Replace. Put it on a charger after swapping the batteries, still a no go. It's DOA.

Fun Fun Fun
10-05-2013 08:35 PM
1Topp
10-05-2013 07:07 PM
dmcent63 Just had battery fail, less than 5000 mi, 20 mos. old. Was covered under warrantee. Now seems to have intermittent starting issue. Cranks but doesn't start after being run. Can't seem to recreate the event.
09-14-2013 11:00 PM
Lusus_Naturae 2013 JKU - 11k - bought in Oct 2012 - battery was doing ok, but when I did a pre-check before my trip I noticed it was wet in the tray underneath so I pulled it out. The dang thing was leaking form the seams at each end. I washed the tray out and put a different battery in for the trip before I got a warranty swap at the dealer. After reading stuff like this I'm sticking with a different battery...
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