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    Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Has anyone replaced their battery with something other than the OEM ? My STS-V apparently has a battery GM placed in several other of their vehicles, the AC Delco Pro 101-6YR. It's rated at 650 CCA and seems to run anywhere from 130+ each. That's too damned much for such a "small" battery and I'm looking for other options.

    Anyone, Anyone - Bueller, Bueller ?


    Oh and which ever GM engineer designed the battery cover and it's little tabs should be kicked in the knee.



    Model - 101-6YR
    RC - 110
    CCA - 650
    CA - 860
    L - 10.2
    W - 7
    H - 6.6
    Lbs - 36.7
    Price - $127.95

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    The one in the STS-V I work on went bad also. Was locked out of the car for a few hours, since I think the door latches work with electric solonoids and theres no key lock for the doors.

    We put in the biggest battery that would fit from NAPA. I measured the tray and went to NAPA with a tape measure and found the biggest one they have that fit. its the same depth, but wider and taller and has a lot more CCA capacity, etc... and I think was less than $100.

    it works great.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    It looks like the type 78 is a pretty close fit. Sam's has the Interstate at 800 CCA for 79.00 and Autozone has the Duralast for 89.00, also 800 CCA. The main difference seems to be the Interstate has an 18 month full replacement (rest prorated) and the Duralast is 36 months full replacement (rest prorated). Probably worth the extra 10.00 for the 36 months coverage.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Not to mention the availability of a warranty replacement should the need arise. Oh, and AutoZone batteries are manufactured by Johnson Controls.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff8928 View Post
    Not to mention the availability of a warranty replacement should the need arise. Oh, and AutoZone batteries are manufactured by Johnson Controls.

    Yeah that's something else I'm keeping in mind. Although Wal-Mart and Sam's are also all over the place. I'm probably going to go ahead and try the Duralast from Autozone, make sure it fits. Preferably one that I can put the stock battery cover back on with, but if not oh well.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Had better luck than I expected. Turns out Optima has a new Type 78 Red Top that has no top posts and dimensions very close to the stock battery.
    I was able to fit it in the bracket with clearance at the top.





    The original Puck still fits the front lip to hold the battery from sliding around.





    and the original OEM battery cover fits right back in place to make it all look stock.





    Couldn't have worked out better. It all required no extra modification to fit.
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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Yeah, i was going to say, Optima would be the only battery i would put in any car after the factory goes out. Good choice!

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by leija_01 View Post
    Yeah, i was going to say, Optima would be the only battery i would put in any car after the factory goes out. Good choice!
    I had wanted to use an Optima by first choice, but the previous models had issues with the vertical posts sticking up too far and causing mounting problems. I guess Optima has added this particular model to address those concerns for various owners.

    Another thing that sucks is no one lists a replacement suitable for our vehicle in their product guides. Various battery companies and/or parts stores all draw a blank. I'm thinking about sending an e-mail to Optima with the pics to show this newest model fits our cars just fine including still using the stock battery cover.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Nice find! Where did you find that one at?

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    The local Autozone, they had just gotten them a few weeks back, according to the manager there. There was no return core charged associated with that one for some reason, so I didn't have to take the other one back.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    RE: 2004 CTS 3.6L: 01/23/09 Just now went to Walmart in
    Smithfield, NC. I asked Hellen in Automotive to put in a N78 EverStart Battery into my CTS. She had the battery on the shelf, but refused to let Walmart install it. Her reasoning was that my 2004 CTS 3.6L didn't have any battery listed on her computer. She said that I could buy the battery and install it myself.

    Well, I wrote down Walmart's price for the N78 Battery, and went directly to the Advance Auto Store just down the street. They had the N78 Battery with 3 years Free Replacement, and 84 months prorate., 770 CCA, 900 CA.

    Advance Auto's price was $88.99, but they did a price match with the Walmart price of $72.94, plus Advance Auto installed the batterry for me.

    Wakmart should update their computer. If not, go to Walmart to get their price, then go to Advance Auto to get your battery, for Walmart's price, plus they will install it in front of you, if you are particular about your car, as I am.

    Oh, the orginal battery case fits perfectly around the Advance Auto battery.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Truthfully, I'd rather push my car than buy a battery from Wal-Mart! Glad to hear you got your new battery in eventually.

    You know what I did? I was taking my battery out and ended up dropping the wrench. It fell into the belly of the beast through the gap under the battery. Any idea where I could find it now? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by Curt brad View Post
    RE: 2004 CTS 3.6L: 01/23/09 Just now went to Walmart in
    Smithfield, NC. I asked Hellen in Automotive to put in a N78 EverStart Battery into my CTS. She had the battery on the shelf, but refused to let Walmart install it. Her reasoning was that my 2004 CTS 3.6L didn't have any battery listed on her computer. She said that I could buy the battery and install it myself..
    This is probably because most of the models that used the 101 (OEM AC Delco) don't list a replacement, because they don't exactly know how to cross it. Every place I went in to or looked online, even with the various battery companies didn't list one. So I simply made sure what would fit by taking measurements of the existing one and most type 78 would seem to fit. The type 101 is a sealed battery, and most of your standard type 78s are not sealed and could leak. The Optima Red Top 78 is sealed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 55cadillacking View Post
    You know what I did? I was taking my battery out and ended up dropping the wrench. It fell into the belly of the beast through the gap under the battery. Any idea where I could find it now? Any help would be appreciated.

    I ended up inadvertently dropping a socket while doing mine, but it was up front and fell in the well below the fuse box, which I recovered along with some scrapes on my arm.

    Hopefully the wrench is in a secure place or has fallen completely out by now.

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    Re: Replacing the Car Battery, with other than OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by CIWS View Post
    Hopefully the wrench is in a secure place or has fallen completely out by now.
    Serves me right for trying to do something for myself. Never fails. The car won't be moving for a while so I guess I have some time to recover the wrench. I have a feeling it is being held by the fender well.

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