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Old 10-25-2012, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Ktaylor757 View Post
Just went out to start it this morning and it did not.
Same issues as before.
I checked the battery and it looks like it was manufactured on 1/12, crazy that it would be depleted in less than a year.
I have heard these cars using up batteries really fast once the factory one is replaced.
Trying to determine if I should try charging it or just replace it.
The battery reading shows 12 V, thats low right?
12V on a good battery at 60-70F indicates between 25% and 0% of full charge. On a battery charged to as much as it will take, it indicates failed battery.

Regards the date. Did you find the date the battery was installed or date manufactured? Depending on retail channel, batteries have been known to sit on a shelf for years and then fail "prematurely." Also are you certain "1/12" is January 2012 or could it be December 2001?
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