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Old December 14th, 2007, 07:20 AM   #21
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Optima quality has gone DRASTICALLY downhill in the past few years.
No paperwork but the stamp on the battery. My buddy is the manager at Advance Auto so we will see what/if he can do. I know they do a load test so if nothing else we will know if the battery can be bought back or not.

RJ they had been sitting but not more then a couple, three weeks without a charger or the engine running. No damage that could be seen.

Seems the issues started when the shop left the key on overnight. That drained right down..........

Seems many folks have been having issues with batteries. If a place like Murrays quit selling them. Then you have to think there may be an issue with manafacturing.

Thanks M.E. for your input.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 07:27 AM   #22
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RJ they had been sitting but not more then a couple, three weeks without a charger or the engine running. No damage that could be seen.

Seems the issues started when the shop left the key on overnight. That drained right down..........

The key on all night should have only drained the one down, not both. Seems like as stated, a lot of quality has gone from their product. Still suggest the tender for the new ones. Hopefully they will replace them.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 07:32 AM   #23
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I had my red top replaced after a year, and the new one has had to be jumped 3 or 4 times already (only ran the jeep for ~1k miles this year with one trailride) I know the jeep doesn't have a drain on the system either. I have not been happy with the quality. The old battery was a cheapie and never had issues with it.

My little $30 TSC tractor battery I bought and shoved in the flatty however has been a great battery (for the first year anyway)
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Old December 14th, 2007, 07:48 AM   #24
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The key on all night should have only drained the one down, not both. Seems like as stated, a lot of quality has gone from their product. Still suggest the tender for the new ones. Hopefully they will replace them.
X 2 on the Tender. Keep it running most of the winter. Switch from the batteries from the quads to the Jeep every couple weeks.

Thinking maybe another one just for the Jeep might not be a bad idea.

JeepFreak, TSC and the tractor batteries might be a darn good idea. Maybe even cheaper. Have to check them out if I get stuck on the YT`s.

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Old December 14th, 2007, 08:13 AM   #25
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I dont think the yellow top has as good of a warranty as the red top does. I dont believe the 5 years either. I have had about 4 yellow tops with differant rigs and they have all sucked. I have switched to red and not a problem so far. They are terrible with the exchange for warranty also. You will only get it warrantied if you know someone.
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Old December 14th, 2007, 11:08 AM   #26
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I'm still running my original yellow top, it must be 10 years old by now. I've killed it many times, never the fault of the battery. Once I left the key on and didn't realize it for a week, completely drained it. I charged it up and it's fine again. It will die again over the winter, it's probably already dead, but I'll charge it up and run it another season.

Maybe I should drive it more often.
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JeepFreak, TSC and the tractor batteries might be a darn good idea. Maybe even cheaper. Have to check them out if I get stuck on the YT`s.

Thanks all !
The ones I have used always seem to last longer, I don't know if they are just built better because of the expected rough service or what. But I have had good luck with them and they are usually a few bucks cheaper. Like $30-40 for one for the flatty/YJ
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Old December 14th, 2007, 11:14 AM   #28
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Im wondering if it has something to do with the yellow tops that were recently produced in the last several years. Mine must be 3 years old, and I can leave it in my Jeep for 3-4+ months in the winter, and go out and crank my Jeep over no problem. I really like it, seems to have plenty of power, especially for long winch pulls
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Old December 14th, 2007, 05:18 PM   #29
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Im wondering if it has something to do with the yellow tops that were recently produced in the last several years. Mine must be 3 years old, and I can leave it in my Jeep for 3-4+ months in the winter, and go out and crank my Jeep over no problem. I really like it, seems to have plenty of power, especially for long winch pulls

That is exactly the problem...

I have a red top that I bought in the Fall of '01 that is still going strong.
I also have a yellow top that was purchased in the summer of '04 that is still great.
I have abused both of them with my winch and they never had an issue.
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Called Optima in Colorado today.
Was wondering if they had a charging procedure or something, nope. Return it to the place of purchase with reciept. If no reciept then take the numbers off the white label. We pro rated them from time of build. That is the procedure for retailers also.

In other words, your screwed..............
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Old December 14th, 2007, 06:09 PM   #31
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I've purchased three yellow tops, two for my truck, one in the jeep.
I will NEVER buy another one.
Had to replace both in the truck. It would not start if it sat for more than a week.
And I have to start the jeep once a week or so or I have to jump start it. They will not hold a full charge anymore.
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