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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Trader Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/10/2022 at 4:32pm
If buying a new battery, try to get one that has covers to add distilled water to. Sealed, unless AGM still loose water. Regular cleaning and adding water should get you 7+ years out of a lead/acid battery.
The one in the Javelin is dated 2012.
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I'm with Trader here. I gave up buying fancy batteries years ago, when I realized that the maintenance I hadn't been doing was the problem all along. As well as a correctly-functioning charging system, and finally, not ever draining the battery. That really kills life off them, even good ones. I now buy cheap batteries and treat them well (current ones are all Walmart specials, the only thing I buy at Walmart). I replace cables and connectors when they don't "look good". Annualy or so for one reason or another battery connections come off, and even well done, they get oxide in them, clean down to shiny metal and reattach. 

I have some tiny thing (not Group 24) in the Roadster and it's 6 years old and still fine. That's a fair-weather car, so in the winter it's parked with a Battery Minder on it, and driven warmed up once a month at least. A properly tuned carburetor will help battery life too, lol, by not requiring much cranking in the first place. 

Actually, in my old '63 Classic I had some ancient battery suddenly drop dead when (I forget the reason) the engine became hard to start. After cranking for a couple of minutes it was dead. I had been driving with a near-dead battery for some time but hadn't been putting any demand on it.

1960 Rambler Super two-door wagon, OHV auto
1961 Roadster American, 195.6 OHV, T5

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