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Old 04-03-2021, 09:28 AM #16
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If your battery is on his fifth year I would consider looking into a replacement battery. Have you done a load test on it yet to see what kind of actual condition itís in?
I have not done a load test, but I did use my multimeter 12V battery setting to test it. Without NOCO the battery is around 12.59V after driven. With NOCO it charges it until it reaches 12.9 - 13V. When I have the multimeter on while starting the car, the voltage does not drop below 10V as I learned from ChrisFixIT youtube that is one indication of the battery going bad. But because my multimeter is not fancy FLUKE brand it does not catch changing voltage in realtime that fast enough to say for sure.
Right now I am in Belgium and there are no US spec battery that fits. Batteries are pretty hard to get it shipped as there are many restrictions for shipping overseas. If I can squeze out another 3 years that would be awesome. I heard some people had their oem lasting more than 8 years(but I am sure those are rare).
I do carry Jumpstarter battery unit in the truck, in case when the battery does die, I have a way to jumpstart and keep it going until getting new battery. So hoping this NOCO 5 thing will help the battery to last little longer.
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This is exactly how my battery looks like. I have seen older OEM Panasonic battery screw-on caps sticks out more than ours.

Not sure how you open ours up, I do not see flat head indent to screw them open for water fill. Notice here how older panasonic battery is slightly different opens up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wa...nel=MrDabrudda
I just twist them open by hand. If they are a little too tight for that the first time, maybe a set of channel locks grabbing along the long knurls.
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If your battery is on his fifth year I would consider looking into replacement battery. Have you done a load test on it yet to see what kind of actual condition itís in?
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I have not done a load test, but I did use my multimeter 12V battery setting to test it. Without NOCO the battery is around 12.59V after driven. With NOCO it charges it until it reaches 12.9 - 13V. When I have the multimeter on while starting the car, the voltage does not drop below 10V as I learned from ChrisFixIT youtube that is one indication of the battery going bad. But because my multimeter is not fancy FLUKE brand it does not catch changing voltage in realtime that fast enough to say for sure.
Right now I am in Belgium and there are no US spec battery that fits. Batteries are pretty hard to get it shipped as there are many restrictions for shipping overseas. If I can squeze out another 3 years that would be awesome. I heard some people had their oem lasting more than 8 years(but I am sure those are rare).
I do carry Jumpstarter battery unit in the truck, in case when the battery does die, I have a way to jumpstart and keep it going until getting new battery. So hoping this NOCO 5 thing will help the battery to last little longer.
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I just twist them open by hand. If they are a little too tight for that the first time, maybe a set of channel locks grabbing along the long knurls.
Thanks for the tip. I used light to see how low the liquids were and they were about 1 inch under low mark. The battery is 5 years old and still holds charge and never had any problem. I am surprised how well it is doing considering how low the acid/water level is.

I am going to fill it up tomorrow to high mark and then use my Noco charger repair mode and let it desulfate and see if helps the battery to last another 3 years.

I will report back once this process is completed.
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Here is the update:
I got demineralised water( apparently there is no distilled water here) and used plastic syringe and filled up the 6 valves in the battery.
Originally I thought the water level is well below low mark was wrong assessment from my part. After shaking the battery I can see the water level better and it was low but not that low. So I topped it up to high mark. The tricky part was trying not to get dirt particles falling into those valves. It was nearly impossible as I had so much dust stuck on lips of those caps. Anyways I had few dust drops and hope that wont matter much.

Once it was filled up, I gave it a good shake to mix it up and put my Noco 5 on repair mode and ran it for 4 hours. After that I ran regular charge and let it sit.

The video I referenced earlier in my post, the guy was doing this once every 6 months. For me I will do refill water and repair mode once a year. Let us see how long my battery will last now.
So far right after charge it is 13.6V and then when it settles in it is around 12.68V. Good enough for now.
Another interesting thing was that after disconnecting the battery for over night I was expecting the truck would lose its power window setting like 4th gen, but no they were still working. So I am little puzzled about that.
I also applied some fluid film on the terminals so it does not build up any acid.

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