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Toyota batteries suck

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Stumpjumper, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:46 PM
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    Stumpjumper

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    Parked truck and went out to hook up boat. 2 years and dead. 12.8 volts but no amps. Had a Mototcraft die at less than a year so could have been worse. Tacomas always gave me a warning. None here. No slow cranks or anything.
     
  2. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:47 PM
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    Danimal86

    Danimal86 What's a Dickfir?

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    a Northstar will solve your problem
     
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  3. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:49 PM
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    Thehype31

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    I had a similar problem. 23 month old truck usually parked in the garage overnight was left outside in sub-zero temperatures... when I went to start it in the morning, battery was dead and would not hold a charge after that. Luckily it was replaced under warranty, but I have very little optimism that the warranty replacement will be any better...
     
  4. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:59 PM
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    40k on odo so no warranty
     
  5. Jun 7, 2019 at 8:41 PM
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    JH5370

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    This seems to be a theme. Most people are only getting about 2 years out of theirs. I have a 17 so it looks like I’m due for a dead battery pretty soon...
     
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  6. Jun 7, 2019 at 8:44 PM
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    Is optima still making a good battery? I hear a lot about Northstar on this forum but I have no experience with them..
     
  7. Jun 7, 2019 at 8:52 PM
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    apwisher

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    I think it just depends on where you live. We have had multiple Toyota vehicles, and batteries all seem to last about 7 years here in the mild Pacific NW.
     
  8. Jun 7, 2019 at 8:55 PM
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    Mine died before i hit 2 years.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:01 PM
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    2 years 100% outside in WI. Maybe I should start worrying?
     
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  10. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:04 PM
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    Black Wolf

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    If I was going to buy a new Tunny....the first add on I'd ask for is...."lose the pos factory battery and replace it with anything....."
     
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  11. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:41 PM
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    TomyTun

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    Almost three years and still running stock battery in NorCal. 28k on the odometer.
     
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  12. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:47 PM
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    15Yota

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    Well that sucks. I think my battery is still original, my Tundra is a ‘15, the previous owner could have replaced it with an OEM though. Who knows.
     
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  13. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:01 PM
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    Baja Mike

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    Not any more. Not since they moved production to Mexico. I had one in my Tacoma that lasted for 10 years. Never had it die on me.

    Anyways, my Tundra is at 27k+ miles, just about 3 years old, and I had it die one me last weekend while in Baja for a race. But I was also running a CB radio off it without the engine running, just the key in the ignition. I was able to jump start it with my GooLoo battery jumper and it fired right up.

    So what aftermarket battery is everyone running now?
     
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  14. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:12 PM
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    Samoan Thor

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    I’ve been lucky, just hit 72k miles on stock battery, serviced the truck a few days ago and battery is still good. Everyone’s experience will be different, no cam tower leaks either.
     
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    Original battery is still in my 2014.
     
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  16. Jun 7, 2019 at 11:06 PM
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    BTBAKER

    BTBAKER ..........

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    I replaced with an XS from Batteries Plus. It’s a Northstar rebranded. They aren’t cheap. 350 bucks.
     
  17. Jun 8, 2019 at 4:29 AM
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    Replaced my OEM battery this year before a long trip towing for peace of mind. No signs of getting weak. It was dated 2014 so 5 years old.
     
  18. Jun 8, 2019 at 4:48 AM
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    I have had great luck with Toyota batteries over the last 20 years...
     
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  19. Jun 8, 2019 at 4:55 AM
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    The Toyota branded battery in my truck is 14 years old, corroded as hell and still starts the truck at -40 Celsius even when I forget to plug the truck in. :notsure:
     
  20. Jun 8, 2019 at 5:11 AM
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    I think its a bigger issue with the 2017's

    Mine died at 20k miles just 2 weeks ago. It was fine all that day starting and driving. At one 5 minute stop at a store came back out and it was completely dead.

    If I could do it over again and known about the problem I would've replaced right away.
     
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    My 2015 Tundra battery died at 2 years with 36k.
    Currently i have a 2018 Tundra with 22k. Im going with Northstar at the 1st sign of any issue.
     
  22. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:03 AM
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    My Tacoma battery died on me with no signs, drove all morning, had maybe 2 stops, then parked for lunch, came out and battery was dead. My thought was all the times the headlights are on when you arm the alarm with the car off had to be the drain on the battery, who knows. I have since changed my lights to turn off once armed but still weary.
     
  23. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:13 AM
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    TXDrifter

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    Optima is junk since the new company bought them and now made in Mexico.
     
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  24. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:18 AM
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    Optima's are just fine thank you. I did a write up here on the forum concerning the Optima move to Mexico and the early QC issues that have been resolved years ago. The Johnson Controls Optima Division was right here in Aurora. Our Calibration lab maintained the calibration contract for years at the Optima facility. Naturally there were many disgruntled employees and many of which posted very many baseless reviews for some time after the move down south. After making several onsite calibrations at the Aurora facility you get to not only see the mfring of the batteries but actually calibrate the test equipment and a multitude of load banks. AGM batteries are quite simple in design and engineering, the difference is in the quality of materials used in the manufacturing processes. Optima still uses virgin lead like the other top notch AGM mentioned here. I don't care what manufacturing production line gets moved. There will always be start up issues. I've seen this first hand numerous times in my 40 year calibration career. You get to see how a lot of things are made. Some I can't even tell you about.
     
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  25. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:22 AM
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    Nope..same company. Not junk. I own an Optima just like many members here. It's still the #1 selling AGM.
     
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    Original Optima, made in USA, lasted me 8 years. Bought a new one that was made in Mexico lasted 2 days. Now granted that was along time ago, however they might have fixed the issue, but unfortunately from my perspective i can not trust them nor will I spend 3 times the price on an AGM battery from them. YMMV
     
  27. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
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    Devcom

    Devcom Miles per Gallon? More like Smiles per Gallon!!

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    My truck is at 10.5k miles and a year and a month old with the factory battery. I am hoping I do not have to deal with this and sorry for those that have/are dealing with this.
     
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    Hopefully Johnson Controls will move the Optima line back here. My current Yellow Top is now 3 years old. I'd be pissed if my battery lasted only 2 days.
     
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  29. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    Black Wolf

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    The Toyota TrueStart that the dealer sells are supposed to be better than the factory battery. They are on sale now I think.
     
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    2015 and battery went out at 30K. Agree that the batteries suck.

    We have a business here that sells blems and I have always had great luck with them in my vehicles and boats.
     
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