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Warning signs before 12v battery fails?


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#1 OFFLINE   mwr

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 10:17 PM

I've had no problems at all with the 12v battery in my 2015 FFH, which is now 3 1/2 years and 50K miles old. Are there warning signs before the 12v battery dies and the car won't start? How long do these 12v batteries usually last? Or is there any "usually"?


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#2 OFFLINE   md13ffhguy

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 10:58 PM

The first warning sign I noticed when the battery died in my 2013, was when the doors wouldn't unlock when the remote was pressed... That was 28 months in (car has since been replaced). My wife's 2014 is still on the OEM battery, with 100k+ miles. Maybe she's on borrowed time.

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#3 OFFLINE   tclemmer

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 12:12 PM

Coming up on 5 years on my 2013. 65K miles.  I assume the first indication I will get will be when I desperately need to go somewhere and the car will be dead.  I am thinking about replacing anyways as 5 years appears to be a pretty good like on an OEM battery.


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#4 OFFLINE   GaryA

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:50 PM

My battery took a dump at 5 years also. Does anyone know of an AGM type battery to replace the OEM one?



#5 OFFLINE   Texasota

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:34 PM

I believe Murphy installed an AGM in his FFE but he had to cut/modify the battery tray to fit it in. I have searched and have not found an AGM that fits the FFH.



#6 OFFLINE   Jiasong

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 10:38 AM

5 years and 4 months on my 13', still the OEM. 



#7 OFFLINE   aschulz261

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 02:25 AM

If your car is driven daily, I don't think there is any big warning of a battery needing replacement.  These cars don't need much to "turn on", so starting them isn't a problem.  I think the biggest thing people notice is 1 of the following:

 

1. weird electrical issues.  ie power window or door lock issues.

2. car goes in to battery saver mode on shutdown

3. battery just never seems to charge fully even after driving for an extended period.



#8 OFFLINE   ethermion

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 04:49 PM

All y'all spooked me.  Our FFH is my brides ride, and if she has weird issues, she will want a new car.

 

Ours is a 2013, so the factory battery was 6 years old.  Replaced just now.  Around $120 installed - installation is annoying.  Auto parts store dude said they don't do installs for hybrids.  Told them there auto parts dude that I bought the battery online, and online said free install.  Told auto parts dude to turn around and look at the sign in the window of his auto parts store - free install of batteries.  Men with man buns and tats are not necessarily tough.  This guy folded like a lawn chair.

 

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