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Old 12-03-2003, 11:17 AM
rodsob rodsob is offline
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Battery Question

the weather is getting colder and the current Interstate battery starts the car fine. However, I noticed the purchase sticker on the battery was Jan 1999. It would make it close to 5 years old.

It took it to the local Autozone to be tested and it came out "BAD". I was suspicious so I walked away from buying a new one.

How long do these batteries functionally last? What does "BAD" mean? It starts the car fine with one crank.

Should i get a new one or should I save my money for when the current battery gives me the signs of impending death? What do you think?
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