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Hi -- new to the Forum -- wanted to share a dead battery experience that occurred a few days ago. We bought a 2009 Escalade from the local Cadillac dealer, about a month ago -- one owner, 66,500 miles and in perfect condition. So, we take our first road trip a few days ago, driving about 125 miles for a short getaway. After dining out one evening, we return to our hotel and the Escalade literally dies in the parking lot -- total blackout, no power on anything. I suspected the battery but had no experience with any car I've ever owned that suffered "sudden death". Long story short, we had the vehicle towed to a local Caddy dealer -- dead battery, and it leaked, so one of the cables was ruined due to the acid. Never saw any indication in the dash that there was an electrical problem, pending or otherwise. New battery and cable -- labor and parts.... $700. The battery in the Escalade was about three years old -- Delco like the new one. The tow truck driver says he replaces his car battery every two years, whether it needs it or not -- we're in Arizona, so the heat shortens battery life significantly.

I writing this post to see if there have been similar experiences with other Escalade owners. Could this battery and bad cable problem have stopped me dead in the middle of the highway? I guess I'll be watching the battery closely on dealer service visits. I think I could have bought two, maybe three batteries for the expense of this problem.
 

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Yep. Could of possibly been the original battery. Btw, that could happen to any vehicle at any given time. Not the escalades fault, but maybe a more along the lines of a maintance issue. That was obviously quit expensive fix, for what they did. If you look in the right corner of the engine compartment, you will see another battery tray. Many have done dual batteries on these trucks to alleviate voltage issues. Check it out. There are many right ups on this forum.
 

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Delco had quite a run of bad batteries it seems. I hadn't heard of this problem on the newer models with top posts though. The side post batteries seemed to have that happen quite a bit though. I've had 3 Delco batteries that leaked and either damaged or ruined the cables.
 

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If you think about it most of our escalades have so much electronic sh*t we probably couldn't list it or remember all the futures if we tried that's why you should change the battery more often to keep it having good voltage that way you don't risk having electrical repairs which could possibly be pretty expensive
 

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I had the same problem in my Escalade and Silverado. $700 doesn't seem bad since that is what I paid to install and register a new battery for my 7-series.
 

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^^^ had two e60s with battery replacements in the past two years. BMW - Break My Wallet
Nothing eats batteries like BMW's, even with trickle chargers I may get 2 years out of a BMW battery.

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Yea I never had another issue after ditching my delco batteries and installing the dual Police setup in all dozen Escalade's. ;)
 

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I had 2 GM batteries go dead in 1year. Finally put the best napa platinum battery and it's been good for a few years.
 

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There's only a few battery companies out there (Johnson control for one I think there's one more not sure) the rest have a fancy sticker put on them and they go out in the retail stores. All the same shit I got mine from Costco
 
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