Hey Scotty, I wanted to share a battery story from my old 1988 Corolla that I thought was interesting and might help some viewers. Last winter, it was getting a little hard to start the car on random…

HankG

Hey Scotty, I wanted to share a battery story from my old 1988 Corolla that I thought was interesting and might help some viewers. Last winter, it was getting a little hard to start the car on random mornings, so I tested the battery and the voltage was perfect, but I called AAA and their tow truck driver used his fancy tester to determine the CCAs were low despite a perfect voltage reading. He replaced the battery with a basic 550 CCA battery and the problem went away. Until now. At that time, I had asked if he had a more potent battery and he just said "no." Now, less than a year later, I'm starting to have the same problem again on random winter mornings and when the car isn't driven for a few days. I've educated myself about batteries since then too. I now have a Chilton manual that suggests installing a new battery with a greater capacity than the old due to slow increase in electrical resistance over time from deterioration/aging of cables and wires, etc. So, I recently called the same tow truck company again and asked the dispatcher if they have a stronger battery covered by AAA for my car and, much to my surprise, she said they do! It's a 640 CCA battery that's considered "optional." But they never volunteered that information in the past (nor suggested it for my old car). Now, I'm in a catch 22 because they refuse to swap out my 550 CCA battery for the stronger one since it is still testing "good" being less than a year old, but my old car clearly wants a little more starting power on certain cold mornings and after a few days off, so I'm fighting with AAA management to see what they can do :(

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HankG
HankG

One well-written Better Business Bureau complaint later...AAA is exchanging my battery for free! Techsus wasn't kidding :)

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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they BSed you the first time, the stronger batteries always last longer, they just cost more. I do that in all my toyotas, put bigger ones in that fit in the hole.

Techsus
Techsus

''Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.'' --Calvin Coolidge