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Ours were put in around 2012 or 2013, and have been faithfully neglected.  I check the electrolyte level at least bi-annually, and start the truck several times per year.  Seriously, I try to run the truck about once per month when not traveling, and when I run it, leave it run for at least 1/2 hour, or preferably, drive it 20 miles or so. I've gotten similar service from our other (work) truck, with similar levels of neglect.  Maybe we're just lucky......

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It's been my experience that any battery over 7 years old can up and die on you without warning. I've had them last only 4 years and up to 10. On tractor we have has batteries that are 13 years old. 

I maintain 9 trucks. 6 semi and 3 mid size. Numerous farm tractors and other heavy equipment. I have used Napa batteries and interstate. Both last about the same. Lately I've been using Paccar batteries from Kenworth or Peterbilt. Been having good luck with them. 

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Always have a Battery Minder on when not driving. If power is avail, only when dry camping no power. 

Annual level and terminal cleaning
 

Batteries last about 7-8 yrs for me  

 

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I added a 65 watt solar panel to my bank of 4 sealed batteries.  Clean terminals and top of batteries plus I use dielectric grease at terminals.  Batteries are only 2 years old hoping for another 6 years.  Big difference on starting the truck with solar, key on and fire up.

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Fun Fact

"Dielectric grease, or tune-up grease, is a silicone-based grease that repels moisture and protects electrical connections against corrosion. ... The grease does not conduct electricity, so it shouldn't be applied directly to the mating surfaces (pins and sockets) of an electrical connection."

Edited by Pat & Pete

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The grease is rubbed out of the way on a connection. Unless the plug is badly worn. If so don't use it. Quote "Internet forums thrive on myths. Forums often claim dielectric grease thermally insulates connections. Forums also claim dielectric grease electrically insulates connections, such as in connectors and on battery posts. Neither is true."  From; https://www.w8ji.com/dielectric_grease_vs_conductive_grease.htm

 

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Welllll, since we've started drifting off course,  I'll ask what kind of grease is often put in connections from the factory?  Specifically, I've seen components such as ignition modules or ECMs with a gob of grease already in place when I take them out of the box.  I always thought is was white lithium, but perhaps that's incorrect?  Some old timers recommend smearing connections with Vaseline.

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52 minutes ago, rickeieio said:

Welllll, since we've started drifting off course,  I'll ask what kind of grease is often put in connections from the factory?  Specifically, I've seen components such as ignition modules or ECMs with a gob of grease already in place when I take them out of the box.  I always thought is was white lithium, but perhaps that's incorrect?  Some old timers recommend smearing connections with Vaseline.

Dielectric. Plain and simple. 

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2 hours ago, Sehc said:

The grease is rubbed out of the way on a connection. Unless the plug is badly worn. If so don't use it. Quote 

 

At least that part is true .

Exactly why I always recommend connections be shiny clean and scratch tight . That way it doesn't matter which grease is used . :) 

By definition :

di·e·lec·tric

/ˌdīəˈlektrik/
PHYSICS
adjective
  1. having the property of transmitting electric force without conduction; INSULATING .
noun
  1. a medium or substance that transmits electric force without conduction; an INSULATOR .
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Nyogel 760G!  Honestly it has been around us forever and it is one of those things nobody has messed with so I've never really been around much else for 20 years.  So it's all I know....

White lithium lubes hood pricks and any trucker with Vaseline, well, I don't ask...... 😨😱😏

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