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Old 09-17-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Have you replaced your battery? and how long did the first one last ?


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Old 09-17-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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What coincidence - mine died today, at 265xx km, about 10 months since new. No warning signs. It just failed to start, and it was at that time the electronics went a bit havoc (multitude of failure warnings, alarm not working, etc).
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Replaced under warranty last winter after 8 months and less than 10K miles. No issues since, knock on wood.
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Replaced under warranty last winter after 8 months and less than 10K miles. No issues since, knock on wood.
8 months and your battery was shot? Are you in an extreme climate or does your car sit for long periods of time? 8 months just seems WAY to soon.
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I have observed that the OEM Motorcraft batteries can tend to be hit or miss. Parents new 07 Escape had the battery fail in less then a year. It was an internal failure to the battery, and I have heard the same from others. The replacement Motorcraft Batteries from the dealer have great service life. Easily 7 years of service life. When I purchased a SVTContour the orginal battery was still good 7 years later. Its been sitting around since I put an Optima Red Top in the car, but it still holds a charge.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:51 PM   #6
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8 months and your battery was shot? Are you in an extreme climate or does your car sit for long periods of time? 8 months just seems WAY to soon.
No extreme climate and the car doesn't sit; it is driven pretty much seven days a week. Dealer said it was probably a bad battery. They replaced it with a Motorcraft Max unit. There have been a few other battery threads, so it doesn't seem uncommon for the factory ones to fail early.
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Mine failed from the start, but I didn't notice it until it failed completely and I needed a boost. This was seen within the first three months of ownership, I believe that the car sat a long time since it was a manual and 99% of the cars sold in my area are DCT. Not a big issue, after the boost I went to the dealership and they replaced it right away. Over a year now and it has been solid.

Batteries fail and I am not concerned that it did, I don't blame Ford, its just one of those things.
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I have observed that the OEM Motorcraft batteries can tend to be hit or miss. Parents new 07 Escape had the battery fail in less then a year. It was an internal failure to the battery, and I have heard the same from others. The replacement Motorcraft Batteries from the dealer have great service life. Easily 7 years of service life. When I purchased a SVTContour the orginal battery was still good 7 years later. Its been sitting around since I put an Optima Red Top in the car, but it still holds a charge.
Had a 2004 ZTS sedan for 8.5 years; sold the car with the original battery still in it and still performing well. My Lexus battery failed last winter; 4.5 years old. So, it's really hit and miss.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:43 PM   #9
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Battery failed after 2 months

My Focus would not recognize my keyfob one Saturday morning so I got my spare fob and it was a no go too. I tried starting the car anyway and all the displays lit up like a Xmas tree with random error messages scrolling across the small display screen and the large MyTouch screen said something to the effect of Transport Mode Activated - contact dealership before that went away. Systems became sporatic and/or non-functional like the interior lights, the door locks, eventually the headlights.

The keyfobs were never recognized , though I would get some flashing lamps when I pressed the unlock button on the fob occasionally. I imagined a catastrophic computer systems failure had occurred. My new Focus was only 2 months old with just over 1000 miles on it.

On Monday I called AAA to tow it to my local dealer where I purchased the car. The driver wanted to try and jump it but I told him it was not a dead battery as the car was new and all systems lit up like a XMas tree. He said to humor him and let him try. He jumped it immediately without a problem. I was dumbfounded.

I drove the Focus to the dealer and they called that afternoon and said it had a defective battery as they pulled it and put it on their tester and it came back after 20 mins as FAILED and to REPLACE. They replaced the battery under warranty, no charge, with a new Motorcraft one and the car runs just fine.

I complained not that the battery failed but that the vehicle gave no error message after failure to indicate it was a battery issue, like "Check Battery" or "Battery default", anything at all would be great. This lack of pre or post failure notice is what I do not appreciate. As recommended in an earlier post, I went out and bought a Stanley 500amp Battery jump starter with Compressor to stow in the trunk. I now know what the symptoms of a failed battery look like on a Focus - total system chaos. The fix - jump start it and replace the battery.

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Old 12-17-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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It's the Chinese-made battery. No one wants to smelt lead anymore except for the Chinese, but their quality control is hit or miss. I work in a motorcycle shop and we have the same thing going on with motorcycle batteries. All of a sudden, starting about 7 years ago, they either last 4 weeks or 4 years; there's no in-between.
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