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    I have had two optima batteries go bad on me in just two months. Some sort of fuse link is going bad. What could be causing this? I changed the starter motor last time and still the same thing. The battery does sit where there is a lot of pounding from the water. Or it could be some kind of short. The wires look good though?

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    Check out the September issue of Hot Rod. They cover the optimas and oddesey batteries and how to revive them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEL51 View Post
    Check out the September issue of Hot Rod. They cover the optimas and oddesey batteries and how to revive them.
    SOB...I had to check the date,but your right,Sept 2010 in the middle of July ...He's right though Sergeant,there's a good article on bringin em back to life......

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    Check the charging rate & what the battery requires. I know they're
    tempermental & require a specific voltage. It might be your alternator.

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    It was fine one minute and just dead the next as if it broke internally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEL51 View Post
    Check out the September issue of Hot Rod. They cover the optimas and oddesey batteries and how to revive them.
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    Default Make Sure You Properly Secure Battery

    Always make sure your battery is securely bolted down so it can't bounce off the mounting pad. Bungee cords are totally out of the question.

    Impact vibration from it being loose can break the internals of any battery, even the glass mat or gel type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    It was fine one minute and just dead the next as if it broke internally.
    I went through 4 of them, same thing, all under warranty. I said screw it and bought a $40 battery at Kragen and haven't had a problem since.....that was 3 years ago.

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    We've went through countless optimas in the race cars before I finally convinced everyone to get some interstate lead acid batteries. I have one that spent 2 years in my race car, 3 years in my crawler, and last year got switched back and forth between the crawler and the boat. I never unhook it either. It sat hooked up from January 9th till Father's day weekend and didn't need a charge. I paid $60 I think for it. Optima's suck IMO.

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    Same deal with my oddesey. It was working and cranking all day fine no problem. Then went to start the thing and booom, had nothing, not even a click. Tore the whole start switch wire loom apart, even tried to jump the thing and it barely turned over. Got it replave with a new one and that one last one freaking day on the water, which is about 10/12 starts. Got that one warrentied and havent had a problem with the one i have now, but i did buy a little cheapy lead/acid to get me through the rest of the weekend the first time, and that come with me every time now.

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    Master Sergeant, I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been having and I’d like to help. Can you tell me a little bit more about your situation and the events surrounding the failure? What is the voltage of the battery when your engine is running? Do you know what the voltage was of your previous batteries? What kind of battery maintainer do you use and at what settings?

    Many of the “bad” batteries returned to us are deeply-discharged and do work fine, when properly-recharged. The Hot Rod article does provide some very useful information that explains how to recharge a lot of those batteries. We also have a video explaining the procedure-

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimaJim View Post
    Master Sergeant, I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been having and I’d like to help. Can you tell me a little bit more about your situation and the events surrounding the failure? What is the voltage of the battery when your engine is running? Do you know what the voltage was of your previous batteries? What kind of battery maintainer do you use and at what settings?



    Many of the “bad” batteries returned to us are deeply-discharged and do work fine, when properly-recharged. The Hot Rod article does provide some very useful information that explains how to recharge a lot of those batteries. We also have a video explaining the procedure-

    Jim McIlvaine
    eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.

    The voltage of each battery was at or over 12v but would not provide the amps to crank the engine. I bought a new starter motor last time w/ the same result. I bought a new altenator this go around so we will see what happens. If it goes bad again I will try another manufacturer. It sucks to have to be towed in.
    Last edited by Master Sergeant; 07-29-2010 at 08:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    The voltage of each battery was at or over 12v but would not provide the amps to crank the engine. I bought a new starter motor last time w/ the same result. I bought a new altenator this go around so we will see what happens. If it goes bad again I will try another manufacturer. It sucks to have to be towed in.
    always test with a full battery but check your charging system this inc output amps and voltage the diode/stator. check connections at all contact points, clean and torque.test the starter draw. I have had two batteries fail, from rough water pounding good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimaJim View Post
    Master Sergeant, I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been having and I’d like to help. Can you tell me a little bit more about your situation and the events surrounding the failure? What is the voltage of the battery when your engine is running? Do you know what the voltage was of your previous batteries? What kind of battery maintainer do you use and at what settings?

    Many of the “bad” batteries returned to us are deeply-discharged and do work fine, when properly-recharged. The Hot Rod article does provide some very useful information that explains how to recharge a lot of those batteries. We also have a video explaining the procedure-

    Jim McIlvaine
    eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.
    www.facebook.com/optimabatteries

    Sorry for the Jack MS, my last set of optima's(RED TOP)are still working fine in my old boat 6 years now, I Charged them before winter storage every year.

    Jim, can you tell me the diff between the marine starting (blue top dark gray case) and the red top? all the specs look to be the same but I paid $30 more and it only has a 2 year free replacement warranty? kind of feeling like I got screwed now
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