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#1458531 - 04/24/08 08:49 PM Motorcraft batteries
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The time has come to replace the battery on my truck, and I'm wanting to buy a Motorcraft one this time round. At the moment, I've got a 590 amp maintenance-free ACDelco. Does anybody know if Motorcraft offers a 26R battery? Thanks!
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#1458603 - 04/24/08 10:13 PM Re: Motorcraft batteries [Re: White Falcon LS]
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What kind of truck (year/Make/Model)?
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#1458821 - 04/25/08 07:02 AM Re: Motorcraft batteries [Re: White Falcon LS]
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 Originally Posted By: White Falcon LS
The time has come to replace the battery on my truck, and I'm wanting to buy a Motorcraft one this time round. At the moment, I've got a 590 amp maintenance-free ACDelco. Does anybody know if Motorcraft offers a 26R battery? Thanks!


A friend of mine is an engineer at Johnson Controls, Exide Battery division. AC Delco, Motorcraft, Toyota Truestart, and whatever the h*ll Chrysler uses are all the same. He gave me a replacement battery for my '98 and all he did was stick the Motorcraft stickers on it, lol.

My rambling point here is that, it doesn't matter, they'll all be the same. Differences is that GM and Toyota have their charging systems set up differently, which is why those cars kill batteries after 3-4 years.

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#1458861 - 04/25/08 08:23 AM Re: Motorcraft batteries [Re: 98Gdmarq]
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I don't think it is the charging systems that are killing the batteries, but rather the placement and the amount of loads/parasitic loads.

The more accessories you have: GPS, Navigation, stereo amps, alarm systems, etc... the more potential for higher parasitic loads.

Many S197 owners have experienced battery lifespans of 1-3 days due to an anomaly with the electrical system.
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#1458947 - 04/25/08 10:15 AM Re: Motorcraft batteries [Re: GhostRider]
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What kind of truck (year/Make/Model)?


It's for my '00 Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero.

 Originally Posted By: 98Gdmarq

A friend of mine is an engineer at Johnson Controls, Exide Battery division. AC Delco, Motorcraft, Toyota Truestart, and whatever the h*ll Chrysler uses are all the same. He gave me a replacement battery for my '98 and all he did was stick the Motorcraft stickers on it, lol.

My rambling point here is that, it doesn't matter, they'll all be the same. Differences is that GM and Toyota have their charging systems set up differently, which is why those cars kill batteries after 3-4 years.


That's pretty interesting, but not surprising. Over at this end though, you find that ACDelco batteries are made in Saudi Arabia:



They usually have a lifespan of 1.5 to 3 years, depending on your vehicle. Many I know have used Motorcraft units for 4 years or more, which is why I was interested...but as both you and Metro pointed out, the charging system plays a huge role as well. Maybe I should upgrade my alternator. Thanks, guys! \:\)
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#1459142 - 04/25/08 04:01 PM Re: Motorcraft batteries [Re: White Falcon LS]
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You guys even get your own mubering convention. ACD's here are usually numbered by their group size, terminal type and warranty period.
ie: 78A72, group 78, side terminal, 72 month.
78DT72, same as above but also with top posts (Dual Terminal).
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