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What 12 V battery do I need?


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#1 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 04:50 PM

After four years, 12V battery died on my 2013. Looked at owner's manual, it says 96R battery.  Not easy to find, but I located one.  Got home and pulled old battery and discovered it's about 3/4 the size of the 96R and won't fit, no way.  

 

The battery that's in there is a 67R which is really hard to find.  

 

Has anyone found a decent substitute?


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#2 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 10:37 PM

Update.  Finally gave up and went to the Ford dealer and bought the 67R.  Not cheap, but at least they had one.



#3 OFFLINE   homestead

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 10:50 PM

Did the cold weather kill the battery?

I still have the original march 2013 battery in my car.

How much did Ford want for a new one?

If they only last 4 years I guess I would want to check

the date code on the new one.



#4 OFFLINE   Plus 3 Golfer

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 08:15 AM

http://parts.davidst...kwd=&origin=pla

 

In AZ, I paid $140 at Ford dealer including installation and sales tax (around 9.5%).  Look for coupons from Ford or dealer.

 


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#5 OFFLINE   fbov

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 10:32 AM

Did the cold weather kill the battery?...

You've got it backwards. Heat kills batteries. 

http://www.tiresplus...ectancyZone.jpg

 

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#6 OFFLINE   AZgman

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 12:36 PM

You've got it backwards. Heat kills batteries. 

http://www.tiresplus...ectancyZone.jpg

 

Frank

 

Most definitely. When I lived in CT my batteries lasted "forever". I often traded in a car before having to replace the battery. Here in AZ, 4 years max; most likely less than that. I buy batteries with 5 year guarantees now.  



#7 OFFLINE   homestead

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 01:17 PM

Yes heat shortens the battery life but I don't live in AZ anymore.

Where I live it seems like it is always the cold freezes that kill my

batteries.



#8 OFFLINE   Tree63

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:10 AM

I just had 12V battery in my 2013 C-Max SEL (140K km/90K miles) fail --- without any warning --- no dimming lights, no hiccups with anything. Almost 4 years to the day I bought it.  Just had it towed to the dealer.  Paid C$175 for battery plus C$150 for AVR test.

 

With the real winter conditions, it could have been a lot worse.  Any way to catch this?  I couldn't open trunk or any doors besides driver's.

 

No other battery problems since getting the car.  This and having a flat (and no spare) are making think a bit more.



#9 OFFLINE   obob

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 03:12 PM

http://parts.davidst...kwd=&origin=pla

 

In AZ, I paid $140 at Ford dealer including installation and sales tax (around 9.5%).  Look for coupons from Ford or dealer.

 

Earlier in the year I recall seeing a $99 coupon though I don't see it now, just to emphasize the looking for coupons.  I saw it on my dealer's website but often there is an overlap between their coupons and Ford coupons.  Here is a link to coupons on the ford site.  Not much going, but it changes.

 

http://owner.ford.co...and-offers.html

 

By the way, Nice price on the link to the battery in Plus3golfer's link.  It may give a price point on getting the dealer to lower the price.  


Edited by obob, 17 December 2016 - 04:33 PM.


#10 OFFLINE   Bill-N

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 10:21 PM

This is from my local dealers web site.

 

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#11 OFFLINE   Plus 3 Golfer

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 11:37 PM

This is from my local dealers web site.

 

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I believe that is the deal I got.  I'll check (when I get back after Christmas) and also check the installation cost which I believe was around $25 as the battery monitoring data also had to be reset with their programming tool.  As I reported prior, I had my car in for a recall in the summer of 2015 (30 months after purchase) at 48k miles and made sure the dealer checked the battery as it failed to start my car several times.  My recharging and subsequent voltage measurements indicated the battery wouldn't hold a charge long.

 

Two more points.  IIRC, Ford Quick Service can't do the job because of the resetting of the battery monitoring.  So, don't expect to just drive in and get the battery replaced without an appointment.  Also, the C-Max PLUS battery has the 84 month warranty (not the 100 month MAX) prorated warranty and free replacement up to 18 months (not the 36 months as with the 100 month MAX prorated battery).


Edited by Plus 3 Golfer, 18 December 2016 - 12:08 AM.


#12 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:13 AM

Dealer charged me $109 and I did the installation myself.

 

Not difficult to do and nice since everything is sparkling clean.

 

There  was absolutely no warning.  Worked one day and the next day it didn't.  Would not hold a charge and the little "eye" in the top of the batttery stayed red, even with charge.



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:07 AM

The 12v battery doesn't so anything except pull the relays allowing power out of the HVB.  Everything else runs off the HVB, so nothing is apparent  until it can't supply enough current to pull those relays.



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 10:11 AM

My 12v battery died at 4yrs too.  It was around $100/exchange at FORD and replaced it myself by using a jumper battery under the hood while I removed the 12v batt. so I didn't lose any memory settings. :)

 

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Edited by ptjones, 20 December 2016 - 10:12 AM.

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#15 OFFLINE   markd

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 10:12 AM

stolenmoment are you a John Hiatt fan?

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:43 PM

re: John Hiatt: No, but from a brief look at his work, I ought to be.  Why do you ask?



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 02:37 PM

My 12v battery died at 4yrs too.  It was around $100/exchange at FORD and replaced it myself by using a jumper battery under the hood while I removed the 12v batt. so I didn't lose any memory settings. :)

 

Paul

What settings are lost if the 12V is interrupted?



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 02:42 PM

What settings are lost if the 12V is interrupted?

Radio and GPS, not sure what else. :)

 

Paul








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