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I'm wondering if I should replace my original battery. 5 years old, 46k and we are driving from Seattle to Reno in July and I'm sure it will be very hot. No sign of weakness, every service it passes the test and sometimes I don't start the Pilot for I week and never an issue so how long really OEM battery last?



Did some search and looks like it varies from 3-7 years. If you have 2014 Pilot, when did you replaced your original battery?


Thanks in advance!
 

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Greetings,


I'm wondering if I should replace my original battery. 5 years old, 46k and we are driving from Seattle to Reno in July and I'm sure it will be very hot. No sign of weakness, every service it passes the test and sometimes I don't start the Pilot for I week and never an issue so how long really OEM battery last?



Did some search and looks like it varies from 3-7 years. If you have 2014 Pilot, when did you replaced your original battery?


Thanks in advance!
I would. When I was younger Id just wait til they died til I replaced. Some lasted almost ten years.Now I change them about every five years. I use the Interstate from Costco. I must have gotten defective one from them and crapped out after only a little over 2 years. They refunded my full $ (no pro rating) and walked to tire center and got another. No issues with new one. Have them in all 3 of family cars. They are cheaply priced and great warranty thru Costco. For the money Id rather not wait til it dies and go thru hassle of issues associated with dead battery and possibly paying double if away from home base. The oem original in my wifes crv died in a little after 3 years.
 

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Replace it before your hot drive.


Starting a Honda needs a lot of cranking power - and when the battery goes - it usually goes with little to no warning.
 

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Mine lasted 4 yrs. It started growing fuzz on the connectors towards the end and gave a few slow cranks before finally failing one morning.

I have AAA and am usually the type to let batteries fail all the way... but since you're going to be on vacation, that's one headache you don't want. I agree with the others - just replace it preemptively.
 

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If your battery lasted five years you got your money’s worth out of it. I’d replace it before it leaves you stranded at an inopportune time.
 

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Besides the battery, are you still on the original tires?
still have mine in the basement took them off the day i purchased the pilot ..does that count if I put them back on ? :)
 

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Greetings,


I'm wondering if I should replace my original battery. 5 years old, 46k and we are driving from Seattle to Reno in July and I'm sure it will be very hot. No sign of weakness, every service it passes the test and sometimes I don't start the Pilot for I week and never an issue so how long really OEM battery last?



Did some search and looks like it varies from 3-7 years. If you have 2014 Pilot, when did you replaced your original battery?


Thanks in advance!
On average, a car battery lasts from 5 to 7 years. The battery lasts longer if the vehicle is driven daily and the battery is kept fully charged. When the vehicle is parked for extended periods of time, the battery deteriorates sooner. We have seen the battery lasts up to 10 years. Several car owners commented on that their battery lasted for over 11 years.
 

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I replaced mine at about 5.5 years when it failed the specific-gravity test. If your Honda battery is the same mfr as mine, there's a little window in the top through which you should be able to see a little green ball floating in the bottom. No green ball means it's time to shop. That little ball reads only one of the six cells, but it's still a good indicator.

Mine still started the car just fine, but deeper testing revealed three of the six cells were a little weak. I hate getting stranded by stupid stuff. At a little under $100 for the Interstate replacement from Costco, it works out to less than $20/yr for battery rental. Not worth the risk of getting stranded.

You can buy one of those jump-start packs for just a little less than the cost of the new battery. [bob scratches his grey and balding head wondering the math to justify one.]
 

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still have mine in the basement took them off the day i purchased the pilot ..does that count if I put them back on ? :)
Put them back on when you finally sell or trade the Pilot so you can say that it has "brand new" tires.
 

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Replace it before your hot drive.
Starting a Honda needs a lot of cranking power - and when the battery goes - it usually goes with little to no warning.
Second the motion.
Replace the battery before the trip to avoid the possibility of the old one stranding you in some rural spot between Seattle and Reno.
 

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another vote for replace it.



both times i have replaced my battery was because it suddenly died without warning.

luckily i have tripleA (and the first instance was at my house), the 2nd replacement just last week was given a prorated discount by triple A because it was only 3.5 years old so it cost me less than $100
 

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Replace it before your hot drive.


Starting a Honda needs a lot of cranking power - and when the battery goes - it usually goes with little to no warning.
rs-just crapped out-couldn't jump it, nothing-OEM battery is crap. Left me high and dry. Swap it now- I already my calendar set up or 4 years from now for the next one.
 

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Hot climates are tough on batteries. Texas and Arizona are death on batteries in ways that the Washington-state OP won't experience. It's still very pleasant in Reno with cool nights. Head up to the lake -- a great excuse to save the battery. (from a former ex Incline Village resident...)
 

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How much do you value your piece of mind? For a hundred bucks or so, you don’t have to worry. Remember, preventative maintenance is cheaper than emergency maintenance.
 

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Probably about time... but I always wait until they crap out... Having young kids I usually get the pleasure of one of them leaving a door cracked open and the lights are on all night, killing the battery completely which usually renders them unrecoverable.
 

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Tires have a date (of manufacture) code ... always check.


Of course .. original OE tires are great to have on a vintage
collectable!
 
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