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Old 09-21-2020, 10:20 AM
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I purchased a 2016 F150 September 2016. My mechanic said the battery was down to 55% starting capacity and should be replaced before this winter? Seems real early?
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:29 AM
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I purchased a 2016 F150 September 2016. My mechanic said the battery was down to 55% starting capacity and should be replaced before this winter? Seems real early?
Not really. If you get 3-4 years out of a battery after the economy crashed in 2010'ish, you should be happy. They redesigned the manufacturing process at most of the plants and use riveted plates instead of welded to save costs. Vibration, heat and cold are the 3 things that kill them. Lot rot while sitting on the lot prior to purchase doesn't help. We would replace about 10 batteries a month with 200 new vehicles on the lot.

Depending on where you live, having 45% of your cold cranking amperage gone could leave you frustrated during the first real cold snap. It may work fine during nice weather. Sounds like it has a bad cell.

You also have several modules that run in the background, albeit minute milliamp draw while not running. It sounds like your voltage is good though, just down on CCA's. I am old school, I run the highest CCA battery that will fit. But I also live where it can be over 100 degrees in the Summer, and negative temps in the Winter.
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:05 AM
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I had to replace my 2013 expedition battery this year. Normal use. Most of my vehicle batteries seem to last 6-8 yrs. If a dead battery would more than just an inconvenience, I would replace it.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:52 PM
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My '07 truck battery died after 11 years of starting my Tundra. I got lucky and it went dead in the driveway so I just charged it up and replaced it with another heavy duty battery.

My wife's Civic died after only 5 years and so did her sister's Civic battery. So you really can't complain if you get 4-5 years of use out of it.
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It's not fair to compare battery longevity in today's cars vs older cars. I'm sure that manufacturing quality may be down, but the fact is there is so much more going on with a new car than an old. Anything with keyless entry (a feature I love) is constantly monitoring. Not to mention all the other electronics demands.

I replaced the battery in my 2014 Grand Cherokee earlier this year. My 2012 RAM needed battery replacement this month. The batteries were last replaced in March 2016.

So I don't think that replacing the battery on a 5 year old truck is out of line.
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I think Ford has 60 or 72 month warranty on batteries so question them.
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I changed the battery in my 2011 Tundra two years ago, before an icefishing trip to LOTW. I don't know if I needed to or not, but I didn't figure that was a good place to be stranded.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:11 AM
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Like some are posting, some batteries may last 10-11 yrs., some only 4-5 or even less. Normally I would run a battery until it died, but like Leftyx2, when we hunted in Maine I replaced them if they were anywhere near the months that they were rated for for the same reason that he mentioned.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:24 AM
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Wonder how any people check the battery with a hydrometer and only check voltage. These so called maintaince free batteries really are not.
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