If you buy a new battery, read this.
A standard battery will last 10 years if you do these things:
Add distilled water to take it to the full line.
Now, and Every month from now on:
Pull the caps loose (leave them in place loosely) and put the charger on it, and let it go for 10 hours.
(This is called an "Equalizing Charge". No ****.
Add distilled water to the full line. Repeat as above.
I recommend removing the battery from the car for the "Equalizing Charge", as it gently outgasses H2 and O2 while charging, two free radicals that rust anything, lol.
Leaving the caps on loosely while charging keeps acid from spattering, but is not a panacea for eliminating rust.
Don't leave the caps on while equalizing, acid will get spattered when the caps come off.
My OG Motorcraft battery in Lazarus made it over 10 years; the others had already been replaced when I bought them.
Here's the best Current source of Good battery care info:
Preventive Maintenance, Charging and Equalization (605) | Rolls Battery
If you ever have a dead battery and have to jump start it, don't rev the engine; let it idle for a while before you drive it to prevent battery damage from overheating.
We have a 130A alt from the factory; our battery will boil trying to charge at that rate, and can spatter the whole underhood area with acid.
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Black '96 Cougar XR-7 (Lazarus) 210k mi PI Intake, '02 4R70W, Jmod, PST DS, GrogTune, Konis, Mark LCA+Poly, racecougar Custom Engine Chain, and JL and racecougar Bracing.
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Last edited by Grog6; 12-28-2015 at 05:48 PM.