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Old 02-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

I have come up with Odyssey AGM and Lifeline AGM starter batteries (not the deep cycle one) after reading the forum.

I have a "Ford 65" wet cell now. Is 65 the biggest that I can get? Is that what all vans like mine have? Did Ford put the right battery in?

I do not trust Ford. They replaced my 1 yr old defective Ford battery with this one and they did not even tie it down-at least there is no evidence of that now.

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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Re: WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

I use Duralast Gold in both my diesels, which makes 3 sets as the SMB fried it's first pair (or they were junk, who knows?). I figure these days any starter battery can go bad and it's just luck of the draw to find a battery that will last...my stock Ford batts in the pickup went for 11 years without issue.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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Re: WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

65-group battery is pretty much the best output off all the regular automotive batteries.

That being said, OEMs do not put a top of the line grade battery in new cars. An Interstate MegaTron Plus would be a big step up from stock.

I ended up putting in an Optima RedTop as my Starting/winching battery and a Yellow top as my AUX battery (Powers Inverter and all trailer lights). My top-of-the-line wetcell battery did not really provide enough winch time at full load before things would start cutting out, even with an elevated idle. It also did not provide enough run time for the parking lights. The Optima has a better reserve capacity, and tolerates deep cycling better.

Odessy batteries are even better, but for the price I went with Optima.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:41 AM   #4
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Re: WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

I had two Interstate Mega-Tron Plus MTP-65 Automotive Batteries 850 CCA my 7.3PSD van, now that I have the 05 V10 I just use one of them.
Been over two years and never had a problem.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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Re: WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

Group 65 is the only size battery that will correctly fit the front battery tray of a late model Ford van.

One thing I always think of when buying anything for the van that might need to be warrantied is warranty replacement and how easy it might be to find the brand name I have chosen if I should need one while out of town. If I buy a local brand battery or a no name one on line or at a retail store near me can I get a replacement while out of town say 1,500 miles from home? If need a battery (or tire) while traveling am I going to have to purchase a different one to get me home and then take the defective one home with me to get a replacement or warranty?

There are many good batteries available but from time to time you will get one that just does not last no matter what brand it is, that's what the warranty is for. Interstates and Sears Diehards are very good because they are kept charged and rotated to keep them fresh and ready to go. Keeping a battery fully charged makes them last much much longer right from the start. Car batteries loose their charge even if not connected to anything over time and if you install a new one that is not fully charged it may never be fully charged ever by your vehicle. Yes it will start and work but unless it is fully charged before it is installed its life is already shortened from day one. Freshness because of "sulfation", lead-acid batteries stored with electrolyte slowly deteriorate. Car batteries are date coded to ensure installation within one year of manufacture.Using a battery over one year old is never a good idea if you want it to last. In the United States, the manufacturing date is printed on a sticker. The date can be written in plain text or using an alphanumerical code. The first character is a letter that specifies the month (A for January, B for February and so on).The letter "I" is skipped due to its potential to be mistaken for the number 1. The second character is a single digit that indicates the year of manufacturing (for example, 9 for 2009). When first installing a newly purchased battery a "top up" charge at a low rate with an external battery charger (available at auto parts stores) may maximize battery life and minimize the load on the vehicle charging system. A fully charged 12 volt battery should read 12.65 volts when measured post to post before it is hooked up, if less it is not fully charged. If it is only 12 volts it is only 25% charged but it might still start your vehicle. There are many Sears (and K-Marts now) that have most batteries in stock and are able to replace them under warranty 7 days a week. Interstates are also available in many locations and offer a really good warranty and again these are good becasue these companies keep them charged and fresh ready to go.

I personally just purchased a new BXT65-850 Motorcraft (850 CCA, 100 month unlimited mile warranty, with 36 month free replacement and free towing if it fails) battery from my Ford dealer for my 2008 E-350 V-10. Since the van is four years old now I just replaced it even though it was working fine as four years is a good life cycle for the original battery and I like to be sure the van always starts when I am away from home. Batteries tend to just quit working with little if any notice and you never know when that is going to be. Having been an master auto tech and automotive instructor all my life I find they often fail with sudden temperature changes hot or cold such as the first really hot or cold day during a season change. I am big on trying to preventing problems before they surprise me on a trip.

So since I have had good luck with Motorcraft batteries in the past and Ford dealers are everywhere plus the dealer gave me the best price I could find on a group 65 battery in my area that's the battery I bought. I get a slight discount at the Ford parts department and it was only about $100 out the door. The Motorcraft batteries are also available at some parts stores but I am not sure about the prices or the warranty.

http://www.fordparts.com/Products/Batteries.aspx

As for the hold down if it is missing the part number is:
6C2Z-10756-A. (the Part name is Spacer) List Price is $7.98 (it includes the battery hold down, long bolt, a clip to hold it all together) I also replaced it because is was starting to rust and I hope it will be at least 4 more years before I remove it again.

Good Luck with what ever you choose.
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Mr. Ultrasport, it is answers like that, and people like you, that make this Forum great!
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Thanks I love this forum too.
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Thank you ultrasport. Yes, your information surely helps.

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Re: WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

I like the Lifeline AGM starter batteries, used to have Optima's.
Make sure it fits though, dimensionwise.
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Re: WHAT IS THE BEST STARTER BATTERY FOR A 2008 V10

Our engine battery bay was modified (by ENG) to take a size 27DC 115Ah marine battery.

It looks like the primary mod is to cut a little bit of the bracing on the hood. If there's interest, I can get some pictures posted.
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