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This is a discussion on AC Delco Batt within the Parts Review forums, part of the Sponsors Group Pricing and Parts Review category; Has anyone had any problems with thier stock AC Delco battery? I found an old thread from 2005 that had ...

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    AC Delco Batt

    Has anyone had any problems with thier stock AC Delco battery? I found an old thread from 2005 that had a few people complaining about thier AC Delco batt spilling acid from the positive terminal or simply giving out alltogether. Believe it or not I still have the AC Delco that came with the car in 2002.
    I am about 2 seconds away fom replacing it with an Optima Redtop just in case these batteries are prone to failure. What do you guys know about this issue??

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    I know two people that personally had problems with the delco leaking at the positive terminal. One got the dealer to replace it after 36K and a lot of complaining, replacement did it AGAIN 2 years later. Known issue. Mine didn't leak, but died just under 3 years.

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    Get a Duralast Gold, it is the best IMO, great long lasting dependable battery, and cheaper than Optima.

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    My AC Delco has been in my car since 2001 and it now has around 37,000 miles. It died a few weeks back and I replaced it with a Duralast Gold <--great battery. The AC Delco however does suck in my opinion because I went to school the next day and left the old Delco in the garage where the positive terminal leaked all over the garage floor.

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    I still have the stock delco battery in my 01 with 63,000 miles and the car sits for 7 months through our alaskan winters. I start it only if I have to move it. Which has been only once this winter since I parked it back in september and it started fine. Also last summer the green dot reappeared again. I don't really care for it, but it isn't broke so I haven't replaced it with an optima yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KageSS View Post
    AC Delco Batt=SHIT!!!!!!!!!!

    Yep....I had 2 to leak also..!

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    Mine puked it's guts out down the engine compartment and garage floor also. If you still have one in your car, my advice would be to get rid of it.

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    Batt Removal

    Ok guys donbt laugh but-I have never removed a car batt and reinstalled a new one before, and with all the stories about the AC Delco batt spilling/pucking everywhere I am worried about my personal safety in relation to removing this batt for the "very first time". Do I have to worry about this damn batt spilling any acid on me when I disconnect the cables. Also any tips about removing batteries would be GREATLY appreciated also.

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    Whoever you buy one from will R&R it for you free, usually get some $ for turning the old one in too. I always disconnect the neg cable first when removing, and connect it last when reinstalling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    Ok guys donbt laugh but-I have never removed a car batt and reinstalled a new one before, and with all the stories about the AC Delco batt spilling/pucking everywhere I am worried about my personal safety in relation to removing this batt for the "very first time". Do I have to worry about this damn batt spilling any acid on me when I disconnect the cables. Also any tips about removing batteries would be GREATLY appreciated also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    Has anyone had any problems with thier stock AC Delco battery? I found an old thread from 2005 that had a few people complaining about thier AC Delco batt spilling acid from the positive terminal or simply giving out alltogether. Believe it or not I still have the AC Delco that came with the car in 2002. JR.
    My AC Delco left me stranded at work on a Friday night. The positive post came off in my hand while trying to attach jumper cables to it. I temporarially replaced it with what was available.



    Quote Originally Posted by jroc View Post
    I am about 2 seconds away fom replacing it with an Optima Redtop just in case these batteries are prone to failure. What do you guys know about this issue?? JR.
    I replaced the 'temp' battery mentioned above with an Optima and it's never given me any problems.

    However, when I replaced the 'dead' AC Delco in my 2002 Silverado with an Optima in 2005, it died about two months later. The dealer where I bought it gave me a new one, with no questions asked.

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    Wow,,,I have been using AC delco batteries in all my GM cars for years without a hint of trouble. Use them in my chevelle, firebird, truck, nomad, monza, the iroc and the 97 Z among a few others. I get sometimes as much as 6-7 years out of them.
    I am guessing they must have had a bad batch run or something. I do know for a fact now that the AC delco batteries are made by a different manufacture now,,,and the design and appearance has changed in the last couple of months. I don't much care for the new look, but since I haven't had problems in the last 25 years with them I will stick with it I guess.

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    I just replaced mine, it was 5 years old w/ 22k miles. I noticed my glove box does not shut all the way anymore and the light was on, dont know if this is what killed it or not. I just wanted to get a new one, got the Die Hard Gold, and a battery charger/tender for it. I left my battery in my parents garage, I guess I should probably get it out of there if its going to puke.

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    Redtop Rules.

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    I am not a big fan of the bright colored batteries. Are the high dollar optimas and such available in black? I would rather keep the stock appearance of black batteries in my cars but wouldn't mind trying something else. Larry.

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    RE BatteryColor

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    You can just get a optima battery cap for like 15.99$ and then choose any battery cover you wantif you dont lke the colors of the Optima. There are alot of cool designs out there as far as battery covers-got mine from www.spinnerpremiumdesigns.com. the Optima batt cap is to make the battery top flat, without the cap the batt has the 2 terminals sticking up which would make it kinda hard to place a customized batt. cover on top.

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    Have used Delco batteries for a number of years and cars with out issue. No leakage, no breakage. the only issue thier perpensity to drop dead after a number of years about 5+ has been average. Ever think that the ternimals are being over tightened hence the breakage and leakage, just putting it out there.

    I did buy a optima clone through for my truck, can't remeber the brand but so far so good. I think that CCAs are too low though.

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    The 2 AC Delco that went bad on me leaked acid at the positive post too and etched my garage floor, and no...the post wasn't too tight. I was going to get an red top until I read the latest Consumer Reports test on batterys at the time (about a year ago. They've done another since.), and got the higher rated (no1 or 2 on the list) EverStart Maxx (made by Exide) from Wal-mart. No leaks, a VERY good warranty, and a cool looking yellow with black top and letters. Not knocking 'em...but there were quite a few that rated better (and were cheaper!) than the Optima.

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    Ya, I will probably stick to my stock looking AC Delco batteries unless they give me a reason to change. So far so good. I really appreciate the pics though, wish these posts had more of them in every catagory, it really helps. Larry.

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    In my 87 Turbo Regal the positive side leaked all down the engine compartment and made a hell of a mess, so what did I do, install another one, I sell interstate batteries at my shop and the sales driver says that is very common with the Delco batteries, I also sell Optima which I will be installing in my T/R soon.

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