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post #1 of 22 Old 10-11-2019, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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I have a Wheel Horse with 14 horse engine. Not too big, right? So, I buys myself an Interstate Battery in early July. All indications that it was just manufactured in May 2019. CCA amps on the sticker are 230. So, the other day I ran the tractor for 3 hours or so, and put 'er back in the barn. Two days later, I put the voltage meter on the 5 month old battery, and it reads 12.85 volts.

My question -- is this battery doomed for failure? I would think a battery this new should be metering more than 13 V. What do you guys think? Has Interstate gone down the toilet? If it craps out within one year, free battery time. Anymore than one year, too bad. Only paid 32 bucks at Costco.

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No expert here... 12.8 sounds good to me. If you seen 12.5 and under I'd be a bit concerned. No battery going to hold 13 volt that long after being used. JMO....

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No expert here... 12.8 sounds good to me. If you seen 12.5 and under I'd be a bit concerned. No battery going to hold 13 volt that long after being used. JMO....
Where in PA? Bucks County here.

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Where in PA? Bucks County here.
Northampton county. You know where Jacktown, Blue Mt Antique gas and steam show is.? Well I'm about 1/2 mile from there.

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Bring it in to Advanced or Auto Zone and have them do a load test on it .....I am surprised that you got a 1 year warranty on it....usually only 90 day
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There is nothing wrong with your battery. 12.85 v after sitting 2 days is normal, actually very good. As a battery ages it is not un common to see 12.5- 12.7 volts The only time you will see 13v or more is right after it comes off a charger or the tractor has been running charging it. This is actually a false reading as to charge a 12v battery the charger or alternator has to put in a higher value than the battery, usually high 13’s to high 14’s. To get a true voltage reading of a battery right after charging, one must get rid of the surface charge by either putting a load on it for a few minutes, or waiting a number of hrs for the battery to settle down.
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12.6V is the normal voltage for a fully charged battery.
Just after charging, you'll have a surface charge which will be noticeably higher.

Take a 1.5V pen light battery and measure to see how far off your meter is.
My Free/$5 HF meter reads 8% high. That means about 1 volt high on a 12V battery.
Pretty meaningless measurement when you think about it.
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Where in PA? Bucks County here.
LOL, I just got a flyer of some sort that had Bucks County Pennsylvania in it, cover bridges, castle built by a tile maker. Looks like nice countryside there.

As for the battery, 12.85 sounds pretty good to me after setting a couple days.

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You're good... 12.8v on a two-day rested battery is gold. Charging voltage is of course necessarily higher but not normal at the terminals when the engine isn't running.

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Northampton county. You know where Jacktown, Blue Mt Antique gas and steam show is.? Well I'm about 1/2 mile from there.
Don't quite know where Jacktown is, but I def know Blue Mountain. Some good deer counts up there.

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In my experience the voltage reading isn't what really matters--it is whether it has enough cranking amps to crank over a cold engine long enough to start it..

I've had batteries that had good voltage readings,and measured "good" when I tested the specific gravity with a hydrometer---but as soon as you apply a load to them,like the starter,the voltage dropped drastically and you could only get a few revolutions out of the starter at full speed before it started slowing way down rapidly..that means they had a dead or dying or shorted cell and they were ready for the core pile..


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LOL, I just got a flyer of some sort that had Bucks County Pennsylvania in it, cover bridges, castle built by a tile maker. Looks like nice countryside there.

As for the battery, 12.85 sounds pretty good to me after setting a couple days.

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CCMoe: That's funny. Why would Bucks County promote themselves to people in the midwest? Anyway, that castle that's made by a tile maker looks like a house the The Adams Family would live in. It's just plain weird. I'd expect to see Uncle Fester walking around outside it.

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CCMoe: That's funny. Why would Bucks County promote themselves to people in the midwest? Anyway, that castle that's made by a tile maker looks like a house the The Adams Family would live in. It's just plain weird. I'd expect to see Uncle Fester walking around outside it.
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The article was in http://www.50plusnewsandviews.com/ but I did not find much there.

Premier Edition so not sure what it is about.

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The article was in http://www.50plusnewsandviews.com/ but I did not find much there.

Premier Edition so not sure what it is about.

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Whatever you do, just don't stay in a bed n breakfast. They will bend you over and have their way.
I'll steer clear of that.

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