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Old 05-20-14, 10:40 AM
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Car & Truck Batteries

I have 1996 Volvo 960 with a dead battery. My neighbor offered me a large battery from his semi truck; other than fitting size in the car and higher cranking amperage, what issues I could have using the larger battery.
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Old 05-20-14, 10:43 AM
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other than fitting size in the car
Isn't that enough.

That battery will take up half the trunk.
Just kidding... if it's a 12v battery it will work fine. PLENTY of reserve power for those cold days.
 
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Old 05-20-14, 11:01 AM
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Had a go round with a guy at Western auto one time. Didn't want to sell me the cheap battery they had advertised. Insisted it had too many amps. To POed at his stupidity at the time to laugh but did invite him out to see the battery I was currently using. It was so large I had it setting on the floor in front of the passenger seat. He refused to look and I left before I lost it. Had the same thing happen with a lady employee at Auto Zone years later but that went much better. One of the old timers told her to sell me the battery I wanted and he would explain it to her later.

Just for info actual recommended amp/hour can vary with climate. Someone in Juarez doesn't need as big (amp/hour) a battery as someone in Minneapolis.
 
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Old 05-20-14, 11:47 AM
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Getting it to fit should be the only issue. It doesn't hurt to have extra cranking amps but you don't really want to go with a battery that has less than the specs call for.

I think the battery in my pick up is about 8 yrs old. AZ didn't want to sell me that battery because it wasn't the one the computer called for. They said I needed the $75 battery and I wanted a $50 battery which had the same cranking amps [never did understand the price difference between the 2 batteries] I'm shocked at how much battery prices have jumped up in the last few years!
 
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Old 05-20-14, 12:17 PM
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All lead acid products have skyrocketed and the majority are produced in China now.
 
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Thank you guys,that is wan I want it to know.

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