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Toyota batteries suck

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

  1. Aug 15, 2019 at 12:01 AM
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    Boosted4runner

    Boosted4runner Join the NRA please.

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    Agreed! My 2007 Lexus IS350 lasted 7, yes, 7 years! After it went dead, I replaced with a factory Toyota battery in 2014. I sold the car in maybe 2015-2016, buyer was having all sorts of electrical problems - VSC lights flashing and whatnot. He called me out of the blue knowing I was a car buff. Told him to swap the battery, he said he had it tested. Swapped the battery - hasn’t had one issue with the car in over a year. (Toyota battery sucked) He still sends me pictures after he details is because the fucking thing has been Uber reliable, quick, and comfy. He loves it. I miss it.

    My Tundra battery is factory 2015, so I’m going to be swapping it out tomorrow LMFAO. :D

    My Lexus GS is 2014, factory battery. I’ll plan on swapping out in 2021 :D

    I went through 3 Optimas red tops in the 4runner. 1st one in 2010, lasted 8 years. Next one which was MFG in 2015ish, lasted 1 year. Replacement, another 1 year. After that I said fuck it and moved to a Napa Gold and it lasted a year then sold the rig.
    Not an optima fan anymore.
     
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  2. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:59 AM
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    Odyssey is where it's at. Tons of cranking amps. I have a decent number of lights, compressor, and winch drawing from it and never had a lick of trouble.
     
  3. Aug 15, 2019 at 8:57 AM
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    The wifes '17 4Runner came with that battery from the factory.

    Edit - I have a 4 year old Interstate in mine but the pos terminal is leaking and corroding like crazy. I cleaned it and sprayed it with the Castle neutralizer and protectant. That lasted for about 2 weeks until the battery said "Hold my beer and watch this" so now I am needing a replacement due to the corrosion.
     
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  4. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:06 AM
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    The OEM on my 2017 lasted a year and a half. I didn’t want the hassle of going through it again so I replaced it with a X2 (Northstar) from Batteries Plus. Great warranty and there was a sale on it too.

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  5. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    I am planning on getting an AGM battery when mine dies. So far no problems, but I keep a lithium jump starter in my truck just in case
     
  6. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:22 AM
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    You all cost me $330 in the first 24 hours of joining ordering a X2. I'm dumping the factory battery at 3 years and 35k. The story of being dead on the boat ramp got me to open my wallet. That's my kind of luck.
     
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  7. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    I was stuck in a parking lot after my son’s football practice on a hot day. Couldn’t even jump the battery from multiple cars. I had to have AAA come out and was able to crank some amps into it. I immediately drove to the nearest Batteries Plus and got the X2. Its been smooth sailing for the past year.
     
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  8. Aug 15, 2019 at 5:47 PM
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    Hi stumpjumper,

    I know what caused you battery to die. It was your boat sucking the live out of it! Time to get a new boat!! Might a well get some new poles and a built in kegerator!!!
     
  9. Aug 17, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    4 years & 114k miles and original battery here.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2019 at 7:16 AM
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    I jinxed myself!! This morning battery was dead.. So dead I wasn't even getting lights on the dash. I guess I'll be getting that AGM sooner than I thought.
     
  11. Aug 22, 2019 at 7:41 AM
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    When they die they won't even jump start. Normally a dead cell. I put mine on 50 amp charge and barely got interior lights.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2019 at 7:44 AM
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    I was able to jump start the truck with the lithium jump starter that I have and drive to work (20 min drive). But, as soon and I turned the truck off the battery was dead again. Didn't even have enough power for the door lock beep.
     
  13. Aug 22, 2019 at 1:53 PM
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    As an update I called the dealership and told them my battery took a dump and they replaced it under warranty free of charge. So I guess I have another 2 years before this one dies...
     
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  14. Aug 22, 2019 at 3:27 PM
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    Here is my Interstate that I have to replace this weekend.

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  15. Aug 27, 2019 at 2:28 PM
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    happened to skim this thread before replacing my battery today. I cant believe people in this community are putting $350 batteries in their vehicles
    factory battery lasted almost 5 years. replaced it with an off the shelf East Penn locally for about $80.00
    I could buy 4 conventional batteries for the price of a "northstar", if each lasts only 3 years that's 12 years of batteries for 1 northstar, with money left over for a case of beer.
     
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  16. Aug 27, 2019 at 2:40 PM
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    The consequence of being stranded could easily cost me more than the $275 difference in price not to mention the hassle and inconvenience associated with being stuck. I can't miss a business appointment because my battery died and won't take a jump start.
     
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  17. Aug 27, 2019 at 2:42 PM
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    Time is money after all
     
  18. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    I just replaced my 4 yr and 2 month old interstate this past weekend due to leaking on the positive terminal. I got lucky because it started getting weak the day before. After 4 yrs, I received a prorate of $67.00 and I had to pay $98.00 out the door.
     
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  19. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:18 PM
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    We still talking about this? Lol

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  20. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:23 PM
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    It’s a car battery. This isn’t an airplane or a boat. A $350 solution in search of a problem. ;)
     
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  21. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:29 PM
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    Hopefully don't put a hex on myself. My battery is 6 year old OEM. Had it tested last month, AOK. still starts strong.
     
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  22. Aug 27, 2019 at 3:33 PM
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    The countless people these premature battery failures have left stranded may beg to differ that there isn't a problem. Hopefully your luck will keep you believing everyone buying a high quality USA made replacement battery is a sucker just wasting money.
    BTW, I also put high quality tires on my truck not the ones made in Mexico that cost 1/3 the price. What do I know? :oldglory:
     
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  23. Aug 27, 2019 at 4:48 PM
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    Yeah, I'm super attentive to the battery status. First sign of weakness it's gone. But had my SIL test it with tester that he said was designed to sell batteries. I've also tested it with a multimeter several times. Living on borrowed time I guess.
     
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    My first Tacoma battery lasted 8 years. The replacement (duralast gold I think) was 4 years old when I sold the truck.
     
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  25. Aug 27, 2019 at 5:13 PM
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    Put one of these in there for 50 bucks ! That way if it don't last, You really won't care. Mine is going on 3 years.
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    Wife's GX has a Panasonic, so I'm not changing it out until 50k miles which would be 3-4 years. I replaced my stock Tundra Battery with an X2 this summer.
     
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  27. Aug 27, 2019 at 5:31 PM
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    Yep, other than door lock motors, which cost $28 and 6 hours, I'm good. Most of the 6 hours was installing sound dampening.
     
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    This is happening to my wife's 2018 4runner. I wonder if I should change it.
     
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  29. Aug 27, 2019 at 5:50 PM
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    I have a question. A long time ago you could remove the battery cables, start the vehicle and drive on the alternator if the battery was hosed. Keep in mind that I didn't know until 2014, after I got this truck, that the gas pedal wasn't connected to a cable anymore. If your battery is fired and won't take a jump start, can you disconnect the cables and drive on the alternator?
     
  30. Aug 27, 2019 at 8:04 PM
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    Except in a very narrow set of circumstances on some vehicles more than 60 years old (cough*Ford*cough) you should never take the battery out of the circuit. In older cars you ran the risk of welding the points of the regulator together and on newer vehicles you leave nothing in the system to absorb spikes when you take the battery out. This means your alternator and all processor controlled devices downstream from it, (engine, powertrain, body and entertainment control modules, etc.) are at risk of immediate and catastrophic failure.

    Having said that, yes, good old boys have removed the cable for years to see if an alternator was working. Sometimes it was and then wasn't, sometimes they got by with it. AAA is too cheap and computers too expensive to risk it.
     
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