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Old 10-12-2015, 01:37 PM   #1
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How many amps

Just got back from an alignment and tire rotation. Shop stated that battery needs replacing. Stated that battery is rated at 590cca and tested at 209cca. Car doesn't crank like new, but cranks fine. Had an oil change at Ford a few days ago and they always go over the car and they stated the battery was fine in their check list.
How many amps does 2003 ZX5 need for starting?

Also the tire shop rotated the tires like this:

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I asked if they keep track of the rotation sequence and they said no.

So my question is how will the rotation go the next time I go in?


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Oil change battery check over might just be a visual, get it tested again if you don't trust the numbers. Alternative is waiting for it not to crank, "fails" testing before giving up.

Rotation should be by the same pattern each time, only need to track tire location when they are swapped with another set seasonally.
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Yeah tire rotation is the same. Back to front, front to opposite side back.

I'd run the battery till it doesnt hold a charge anymore, why get a new battery if the one you have still cranks fine? Seem like a waste of money to do that.
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Oil change battery check over might just be a visual, get it tested again if you don't trust the numbers. Alternative is waiting for it not to crank, "fails" testing before giving up.
yep this one is easy enough, any part shop can do a battery/alt test for you. Wont hurt to get another opinion.
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Rotation should be by the same pattern each time, only need to track tire location when they are swapped with another set seasonally.
Yeah this is where it would be an issue.. I just do some masking tape and label my wheels when i take them off. Then rotate when i install them again in the spring.
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Some more input re: tire rotation.
you graphic is fine if you have none directional tires. If you have directional tires they should be Front to Rear, same side. Spare s just that a spare, especially if you have one of those skinny temporary run tires. Just my 2
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:38 PM   #6
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Ok everyone,thanks for the rotation info. Doesn't anyone have a clamp on meter to see how much it takes to crank the motor?

I'll do the tape next time just to see what they do. You really can't trust anyone anymore. I got a lifetime alignment, so every three months I go in for both align and now rotate.
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If shop misspoke and simply did a starter check you could easily get a reading of 209 since that was all battery had to make to start the car.

A battery making only 209 amp should have failed you long ago, the starter alone pulls that down and you still must have a good chum more to power the electronics or car will not start.

Go somewhere and ask for a LOADTEST, not starter test. Have them punch in as close to your number as you can. O'Reilly Auto will happily look up your car to tell you the OEM battery amp requirement. You'll be looking at a number of at least 500 amp.
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