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post #1 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Battery replacement gx345

Looks like I need to replace the battery on my gx345. I pulled the caps off and the acid has a cloudy appearance. I've never seen anything like it before.

I'm thinking of going to the dealer to get an exact replacement. 500cca, 85 RC
I see some online that do not have the higher 500 CCA's like the original JD battery.
Where are you getting your replacement batteries and how much are they?


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post #2 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 10:28 PM
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Re: Battery replacement gx345

Try Walmart, plus take the old one back for some money Back.

Dealer will be super high.

Battery for sure GT235

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post #3 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 10:43 PM
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Re: Battery replacement gx345

I would suggest that you get what you pay for........a cheap battery will have to be replaced again sooner, because it will fail faster. Get a good capacity, and cca from your dealership, because these batteries are made for rough service. Walfart stuff ain't and is one step away from the landfill, built only for profitability, not service and longevity.

You got a great unit there, and a battery that has lasted since 2004.

Did the battery give you grief, or perhaps was it frozen, when rundown!
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Re: Battery replacement gx345

go to NAPA, good quality and fair price. All charged. (new one is a sealed battery)


I paid 68$ for the 345 battery last summer.

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I would suggest that you get what you pay for........a cheap battery will have to be replaced again sooner, because it will fail faster. Get a good capacity, and cca from your dealership, because these batteries are made for rough service. Walfart stuff ain't and is one step away from the landfill, built only for profitability, not service and longevity.

You got a great unit there, and a battery that has lasted since 2004.

Did the battery give you grief, or perhaps was it frozen, when rundown!
Yes, the battery was giving me trouble.

On Sunday, I tried starting and was turning the starter very slow. I looked at the connections and they were corroded, so I cleaned them and put a charger on it. It started fine after that.

Yesterday, I went out to start it and got nothing. Checked the voltage and was 12.67 volts. Popped the caps off and the acid was very cloudy.

Then I found a crack in the top next to the positive post. I'll be calling around later today to try to find a good price, but want to get at least a 500cca battery.


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2005 GX345 (11/09 w/124hrs) 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck, Differential lock, Femco Cab Weather Enclosure, 42" snowblower, Electric Spout Rotation Kit.

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go to NAPA, good quality and fair price. All charged. (new one is a sealed battery)


I paid 68$ for the 345 battery last summer.

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You can buy 2 for that price at Walmart, thats all I ever put in my JDs, never had a problem, one lasted 7 years.

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You can buy 2 for that price at Walmart, thats all I ever put in my JDs, never had a problem, one lasted 7 years.
Are the Walmart batteries 500 cca?

I'm running an electric wiper, tractor headlights, front and rear cab lights, fan, led running lights and a strobelight and would like to have at least as good if not better battery than I have already.


2004 X485 (4/15) 25hp Kawasaki, 62" deck, 45 FEL, Front-mount de-thatcher.
2005 GX345 (11/09 w/124hrs) 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck, Differential lock, Femco Cab Weather Enclosure, 42" snowblower, Electric Spout Rotation Kit.

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1998 GT275 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck, Cab Enclosure, 38" Snowthrower, Manual Spout Kit
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Are the Walmart batteries 500 cca?

I'm running an electric wiper, tractor headlights, front and rear cab lights, fan, led running lights and a strobelight and would like to have at least as good if not better battery than I have already.
Yes, this is the one I put in my Jd265 this past June

http://www.walmart.com/ip/EverStart-...ttery/16782708

It actually says 525 CCA on the battery, have them run a test on it before you leave, it actually may put off more CCA then is listed on the battery.

$9 back for the core, only 2 year warranty, if it goes bad before then, I will take it back for a new one.

JD 345 FOR SALE
SEND ME YOUR BEST OFFER FOR WHAT IS LEFT BELOW !

*48C" Deck
*44" Piranha Mulching/Rear
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*38" Front Thatcher
** Power Flow
**John Deere Mulch Kit For 48C Convertible Mower Deck - BM20007
***OTC Snow Cab
**2- JD Wheel Weights (#50 Plastic)

JD GX325 SOLD
JD265 SOLD
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Yes, this is the one I put in my Jd265 this past June

http://www.walmart.com/ip/EverStart-...ttery/16782708

It actually says 525 CCA on the battery, have them run a test on it before you leave, it actually may put off more CCA then is listed on the battery.

$9 back for the core, only 2 year warranty, if it goes bad before then, I will take it back for a new one.
I just looked at that one. The specs show 6.75" wide. Mine is 5" wide. That might be a problem getting it in there.


2004 X485 (4/15) 25hp Kawasaki, 62" deck, 45 FEL, Front-mount de-thatcher.
2005 GX345 (11/09 w/124hrs) 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck, Differential lock, Femco Cab Weather Enclosure, 42" snowblower, Electric Spout Rotation Kit.

Deere 10P poly Cart

-SOLD-
2001 345 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck
1998 GT275 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck, Cab Enclosure, 38" Snowthrower, Manual Spout Kit
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Re: Battery replacement gx345

I called several dealers in the area.

One has a group 45 battery for $121. Says that is the replacement even though I told them the original is a group 51.

Another dealer has a Strongbox battery for $131 plus tax. A little more than I want to spend but might need to.


2004 X485 (4/15) 25hp Kawasaki, 62" deck, 45 FEL, Front-mount de-thatcher.
2005 GX345 (11/09 w/124hrs) 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck, Differential lock, Femco Cab Weather Enclosure, 42" snowblower, Electric Spout Rotation Kit.

Deere 10P poly Cart

-SOLD-
2001 345 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck
1998 GT275 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck, Cab Enclosure, 38" Snowthrower, Manual Spout Kit
1997 LX188 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck
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Buy this one at advance auto parts.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...gold_2130008-p

Use the promo code A124 for $40 off.

JD 345 FOR SALE
SEND ME YOUR BEST OFFER FOR WHAT IS LEFT BELOW !

*48C" Deck
*44" Piranha Mulching/Rear
Discharge Mower Deck
*38" Front Thatcher
** Power Flow
**John Deere Mulch Kit For 48C Convertible Mower Deck - BM20007
***OTC Snow Cab
**2- JD Wheel Weights (#50 Plastic)

JD GX325 SOLD
JD265 SOLD
JD 160SOLD
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I imagine it's the same with batteries as it is with everything else ........ different stickers on the outside.

I now replace batteries whenever they "start" to present a problem.... and the Everlast brand at Walmarts are now in about five tractors and two of three vehicles.
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Buy this one at advance auto parts.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...gold_2130008-p

Use the promo code A124 for $40 off.
Thank you for the code Jimbo! Now that looks like a good deal.


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2005 GX345 (11/09 w/124hrs) 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck, Differential lock, Femco Cab Weather Enclosure, 42" snowblower, Electric Spout Rotation Kit.

Deere 10P poly Cart

-SOLD-
2001 345 20hp V-twin liquid cooled Kawasaki, 54" deck
1998 GT275 17hp Kawasaki, 48" deck, Cab Enclosure, 38" Snowthrower, Manual Spout Kit
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Thank you for the code Jimbo! Now that looks like a good deal.
Just be sure when you get there they credit your card $15 for the old battery.......

Right now when you check out the charge should be $91.99

After the $15 credit you will end up paying $76.99 for a Battery with a 7 yr. warranty (3 year free replace)

Bought a car battery at Advance last month for my wife's car. Thats when I found the discount code.

JD 345 FOR SALE
SEND ME YOUR BEST OFFER FOR WHAT IS LEFT BELOW !

*48C" Deck
*44" Piranha Mulching/Rear
Discharge Mower Deck
*38" Front Thatcher
** Power Flow
**John Deere Mulch Kit For 48C Convertible Mower Deck - BM20007
***OTC Snow Cab
**2- JD Wheel Weights (#50 Plastic)

JD GX325 SOLD
JD265 SOLD
JD 160SOLD
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Walmart Civic battery is what I used..
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