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What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

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Been too busy clearing snow to do much more than drive them.
 


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Watched the snow melt off of it.
 

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Used the 2011 to jump the 2019. The theoretically 2 year old battery took a dump. And it took a dump again after the girlfriend got to where she was going 30 minutes away. So, I'll be calling the dealership tomorrow to see what can be done about it and when.

I'm sure they are going to want to test the system to make sure something in the system didn't kill it. So, it probably won't be a straight battery swap.

Surprisingly, the OEM battery is an AGM. I found that out when looking up the part on Tasca to see how much they cost. I expected it to be a regular old plate battery. Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone only listed AGM batteries as well. NAPA wasn't much help. They listed 119 different batteries after I put in the vehicle specs and store location. Many that obviously wouldn't fit. They just keep reminding me more and more why I avoid using them.
 

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Used the 2011 to jump the 2019. The theoretically 2 year old battery took a dump. And it took a dump again after the girlfriend got to where she was going 30 minutes away. So, I'll be calling the dealership tomorrow to see what can be done about it and when.

I'm sure they are going to want to test the system to make sure something in the system didn't kill it. So, it probably won't be a straight battery swap.

Surprisingly, the OEM battery is an AGM. I found that out when looking up the part on Tasca to see how much they cost. I expected it to be a regular old plate battery. Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone only listed AGM batteries as well. NAPA wasn't much help. They listed 119 different batteries after I put in the vehicle specs and store location. Many that obviously wouldn't fit. They just keep reminding me more and more why I avoid using them.
Your not the only one to have your new battery take a dump. Seems to be a somewhat common warranty item on the 19+ trucks.

I think I read something about the battery's needing to be AGM because of the auto stop-start. No idea if thats accurate.
 

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Your not the only one to have your new battery take a dump. Seems to be a somewhat common warranty item on the 19+ trucks.

I think I read something about the battery's needing to be AGM because of the auto stop-start. No idea if thats accurate.
Well, we'll see what the dealer has to say when I give them a call tomorrow. $180 Tasca price for the battery. Advance and AutoZone want $209 before military discount. I prefer free but we are down one vehicle. There is no spare and we both have to go to work. And she doesn't have paid time off and I'm making up a drill that was already missed due to illness. Rock and hard place time.
 

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I’ve gotten a few batteries for vehicles at rural king for $50 and they have seemed to be good, only bad one Ive had was really my fault, the alternator was dieing on the 94 a few years back, I put a manual charger on after dinner and forgot to take it off before bed- cooked it. Ive yet to buy a automatic charger- need to! I believe rural king batteries are made by exide corp.
 

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I’ve gotten a few batteries for vehicles at rural king for $50 and they have seemed to be good, only bad one Ive had was really my fault, the alternator was dieing on the 94 a few years back, I put a manual charger on after dinner and forgot to take it off before bed- cooked it. Ive yet to buy a automatic charger- need to! I believe rural king batteries are made by exide corp.
Word I got was that Exide “refurbishes” the Rural King batteries which is why they are cheap. Buddy went through three of them before going elsewhere. I’ve had pretty good luck with Autozone batteries so that’s what I’ve been getting last few years. Believe they are made by Johnson Controls
 

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Well, we'll see what the dealer has to say when I give them a call tomorrow. $180 Tasca price for the battery. Advance and AutoZone want $209 before military discount. I prefer free but we are down one vehicle. There is no spare and we both have to go to work. And she doesn't have paid time off and I'm making up a drill that was already missed due to illness. Rock and hard place time.
If you have to spend that much on an AGM battery anyway, might as well consider something like an Optima yellow-top (not the cheaper red-top, heard those have had quality problems).
 

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If you have to spend that much on an AGM battery anyway, might as well consider something like an Optima yellow-top (not the cheaper red-top, heard those have had quality problems).
The truck is still under warranty. As long as the dealer does their part, I shouldn’t have to pay anything. This particular dealer has a pretty good service and parts department. So, it shouldn’t be an issue.

As far as Optima goes, I knew some had problems. Nice to know it’s only the red top.
 

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I had some hints of death wobble recently, checked and found about a mm of play in the PS outer tie rod end.

Had some good weather today and put a new one in, and set the toe in with the laser.

Mostly fixed, still have a little steering wheel vibration above 60 mph when the road surface gets lumpy. Everything from ball joints to steering rack to tie rods is newish and tight, so it's going to be spring before I figure that out.

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I went for a drive, first time ive had it out of the driveway since going to my parents for christmas. I just unboxed a new generator I bought during black friday and discovered I needed a 30 amp 120 plug, after filling generator with gas my 5 gallon can was nearly empty, I knew the ranger was at 3/4 tank so might as well drive it & top it off along with the gas can and getting the plug I needed at tsc. The heater was working much better, have fan off now and being 40 degrees out helps. Felt good to have it out. May drive it to work thurs so I can get home, if we get the snow thats being forecast I sure dont want that low clearance car.
 

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Dropped the 2019 off at the dealer for them to look at the battery not holding a charge issue.
 

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