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Old 10-07-2012, 08:16 PM
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Hey guys. Well my battery went out today and I jumped it and took it to autozone for a new one. Got the duralast plat. When the guy was changing it out the black insulator sleeve around the battery looked pretty beat up. He shook his head and said " I dont know why they put these on here.....they end up killing the battery faster" and tossed it away.Aren't they supposed to insulate the battery from heat? Do I need to get a new one or do they really not matter? Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:29 PM
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It is a battery blanket
it protects the battery from extreme temperatures & has the side benefit of shock proofing

He should have given it back to you & then you make the decision to keep it or not

How does a non conductive material draw down juice from the battery
it sure can't cause a short between the inner plates

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The outside temperature affects this chemical reaction. This is why you will find that some are encased in an insulated jacket or plastic housing. This insulation allows it to go through its normal temperature changes slowly and can extend overall battery life.

One of the big mistakes that the do-it-yourself and professional mechanics will make is when they replace a car battery they will discard this insulated cover. This will also shorten the life span of the replacement. The car maker put this cover on for a reason so don’t forget to reinstall it.
http://www.auto-facts.org/dead-car-battery.html
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Beneficial or not, I think I'd be a bit salty about someone being presumptuous enough to throw parts away without asking me.
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Hey guys. Well my battery went out today and I jumped it and took it to autozone for a new one. Got the duralast plat. When the guy was changing it out the black insulator sleeve around the battery looked pretty beat up. He shook his head and said " I dont know why they put these on here.....they end up killing the battery faster" and tossed it away.Aren't they supposed to insulate the battery from heat? Do I need to get a new one or do they really not matter? Thanks.
Batteries, just like almost ALL electronic components and the like, operate optimally under warmth/heat conditions.

The battery sleave's purpose is not to keep the heat away.....
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the mfgs cheap out when ever they can, i am sure if this wan't serving some purpose they would not include it.
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Beneficial or not, I think I'd be a bit salty about someone being presumptuous enough to throw parts away without asking me.
Well I didn't even know what it was until I looked it up. I thought it was something that came with the bad battery that was being taken out. If I would have known they can be swapped out with the new ones I might have thought about keeping it.Never seen one before except on this truck.
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the mfgs cheap out when ever they can, i am sure if this wan't serving some purpose they would not include it.
True that.

However, when you have to accomodate anyone/everyone in all corners of Northern America and its [at times] inclement/extreme weather conditions, it's in your [Chrysler's] best interest to cover your ass and have a battery that will last AT LEAST up to its warranty period; to avoid [possible]warranty/replacement issues.

Like I mentioned, it's the extreme cold that kills automotive batteries and these protective mats are there to keep the engine compartment warmth [insulator] within the battery's immediate area for optimal operating conditions as well as longevity. The extreme cold "freezes" the chemical reactions needed in a battery's cells thereby creating failure almost instantly; on top, a low voltage automotive battery under extreme cold [the worse combination] will simply freeze shut. Yes, sure, the extreme hot is not pleasant either for automotive batteries, but failure under these conditions is far more rare than extreme cold.

Also, it looks like it's a $0.10 piece at best.... especially at the quantity Chrysler ordered them; so it's not a part that'll break-the-bank for Chrysler.

Anyway, the reason I got rid of my insulated OEM cover is, in my neck of the woods, we never see the extreme cold temperatures mentioned above; at least not in the ten years or so I've resided here..... and I wanted to show off the DieHard Platinum logo for cosmetic reasons.



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Unless you live in an extremely cold climate it is'nt necessary. However I agree that it is'nt cool for the parts dude to throw away your stuff without permission. Just sayin...
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he probably dug it out of the trash after you left and wrapped his battery with it...lol
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