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Old 12-05-2009, 08:19 PM
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they have different colored tops,red ,yellow, etc. dont know which one you would need but they tend to be alittle high but they are good batteries.
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Yep, sounds like time for a new battery. Only suggestion I have that isn't mentioned is to go up in your cold cranking amps with the new one, but I always do that whenever I buy a new battery. I don't however think it's time to retire Blue necessarily, but a Ram in the driveway next to her would look awesome! Unfortunately, I try to avoid those cold climes in winter, lol, but good luck!

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Don't forget to make sure your contacts are clean. You'll probably need a new battery anyway, but run a wire brush on the inside of the terminal, and outside of the post. I like the felt discs that prevent corrosion, and spray with terminal protectant after installed.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of cold weather! The bane of all mechanical systems. Get the battery tested, and if it's bad, def get a high cold cranking battery, anything 800cc amps is a good battery, and spiral coil types are the best out there, so Optima or top end store brands. I run Motomaster Eliminator Spiral-grid in the Ram, and I need every bit of juice when it's cold. Also, do you have a block heater? If not, I'd highly recommend geting one installed. They come standard on the Canadian packages, but you probably wouldn't have one, unless it was a specific option you chose. The funny thing is some Yanks thought our trucks were all electric up here when they saw the 3-prong plugs just hanging out under the trucks.

For other pre-winter maintenance, we make sure we have -40 windshield washer fluid, the summer bug stuff freezes in the lines and cracks bottles at anything -10*C and if you're dealing with snow/ice; then a set of winter wiper blades (they have a wrapping over the springs to hold the blade to the window) or the new pre-flexed blades.
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Stacy:

I agree with pretty much everything everyone said. I don't know that you'll need the block heater in your neck of the woods though.

first thing check your battery connections, make sure that they're tight and secure, get the battery load tested (most places that sell batteries will do this for you), and up the cold cranking amps. You might want to check to see if it's under warrantee too... Blue being an '07 you might be able to get a pro-rated battery and save a few bucks.

I've typically used Die Hard batteries from Sears, but there are lots of good batteries out there, just make sure that the posts on the new one match those on the old one, as it's a pain to swap everything over.

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Blue fired up right away this morning. Still going to look into a new battery. I am sure this stock one won't last long in this nasty cold weather. Been following up on everyone's advice, thank you so very much! Here is what I am looking at:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/auto...s/1266741.html

http://www.optimabatteries.com/optim...wtop/specs.php

http://www.interstatebatteries.com/c...nths+-+700+CCA
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If it fired right up it may simply be one of the main battery connections at the positive post, the negative post, the negative ground or the positive connection to the starter.

But get that battery tested first.
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A local dealer should be able to help you with the necessary rated(crank hours) needed for your climate.
Your battery was probably for California low temps, not for your new low temps. Here we obviously have to have higher rated batteries than yours!
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If your in any doubt, take your battery in and get it tested. At least with that youll know. If its still good it could be your connections /terminals as well. A tad bit more of a roll over at start up could be due to your grade of oil/when cold. Or not enough cold crank from battery as well.I always run a thinner oil in the winter up here because of the cold and oil viscosity. My uncle who lives out in Alberta told me a trick. He says when shes cooolddd out,get in and turn your lights on for a minute or so then start it up. I was very leary of this because hes the you know type but i have untill this day have done this and its never let me down. His explaination was that your drawing power with your lights which inturn is warming your battery because of the current iguess and that makes your battery work better. Take this what you may but hey its good for me that or i have always had a good battery.
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