Dead Battery

Submitted: Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:16
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My faithful auxilliary battery, the Yuasa Overlander4x4 700cca N70ZZL died this weekend at Murray Sunset. I knew it was on its way out but chanced another weekend away as the new one I had ordered hadn't arrived yet. The Yuasa was close on 7 years old.

I have replaced it with a Century Overlander 4WD 700cca N70ZZL to match the one I have for cranking the truck. Hopefully I will get a good life out of them as well. Cost $ 154.90

Batteries....you can't do without them.........................
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:33

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:33
Music to my ears Willem - put one as a main into the Jack about 6 months back - I need every CCA I can find for that Isuzu donk when starting in chilly weather. Would have one as an aux too, but can't fit it in ! - have had to settle for the smaller case job.
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Reply By: banjodog - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:34

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:34
At todays rate the old battery cost you 0.42c per week to own. Cheap when you think of it that way.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:41

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:41
hahahahaha....you're not wrong Same as me old Nissan G60. Had it for 6 years and apart from a few repairs it ended up costing me $27 a week and I did 120,000km with it!!!
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Reply By: drivesafe - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:42

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:42
Hi Willem, as you got such a good life out of the old battery, could you tell us how you kept it charged.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:53

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:53
Hi drivesafe

Originally it was the cranking battery in my Nissan G60. I bought the battery in May 1998 in Ayr,Qld. We were on the road then and did a lot of driving. About 3 years ago I bought a Desert King(not that good a brand) and used that as the main battery and hooked the Yuasa up as the auxilliary in the G60. Last year I bought the GQ and transferred the Yuasa over to the GQ as the auxilliary and replaced the Exide which was in the truck with a Century Overlander4WD.

My vehicle is permanently packed for travelling and I use it a lot. The fridge is also permantly tied down and never removed. So the fridge gets used at least once a month. All my extra electronic gadjets are hardwired to the auxilliary battery. I kept the battery topped up with distilled water on a regular basis and kept the terminals clean. Nothing else.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 13:48

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 13:48
Ah DS lol.....you really wanted to know what battery isolator Willlem is using didn't you?

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 13:53

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 13:53
I can answer that coz I saw Rotronics written on the box.
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Follow Up By: drivesafe - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 15:54

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 15:54
Thanks folks and it obviously works well.
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:42

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 18:42
I gotta say that's what I like about the older batteries, at least you can look after them by keeping them topped up both with water and charge wise.
I've looked at some of these maintanence free batteries, but with all the heat under the surf's bonnet I reckon they'd be catctus in no time.

Good one Willem!
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Reply By: Davoe - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:07

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 21:07
Thats not a bad effort. I have an overlander in my camper about 2 yrs old and I think it is stuffed as It has been slugish and I had to jump start it last time I drove it (could also be coz it doesnt get much action these days) I got a good run out of batterys in petrol vehicles but with the work diesals they are lucky to last a year. My station wagon has 2 fairly new centurys but they are only 560cca and seem a bit slugish when isolated to 1 battery so they may need an upgrade or carefull management (I dont have a fridge -- yet) before I try anything serios
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 22:05

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 22:05
Geez Davoe, those are toy car batteries in a big 4by. Better upgrade to the 700's, eh?
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 01:55

Thursday, Mar 24, 2005 at 01:55
yep got home for break and my yuasa 700cca was so dead It wouldnt even operate the kill switch led (2 1/2 years old) I couldnt even jump it so I pulled my battery out of the station wagon and it started 1st go (love those 2h donks) so I have taken it to the leccies for a recharge and load test if it is stuffed I will put the 560cca from the wagon in it to sell it and set the wagon up with a couple of decent batteries probably give the uasas another go but my local quote is 170 each
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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 10:10

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 10:10
Yep I got 6yrs 10mths out of my Yuasa Overlander4x4 700cca N70ZZL. I'm giving Cat batteries ago now.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 18:47

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 18:47
Willem,
would you be offended if we ran a book on who lasts longer - you or the battery?
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 18:52

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 18:52
Bob put me down for 10 bucks on Willem.
The man is unstoppable he just keeps going and going and going.

Don't tell anyone else but he is my hero.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 19:32

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005 at 19:32
Ahhh Uncle Bob,,

I have learnt to take you with a pinch of salt. But maybe if my battery does run down I'll come over for some advice? lol
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 14:20

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005 at 14:20
Shame you bought one, I have one spare as of yesterdaysbleephouse alternator effort.. I paid $120 for mine in Bumfuknowhere..
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