Results 1 to 13 of 13

Optima Battery Problem

This is a discussion on Optima Battery Problem within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I don't know if this is the right place for this...but I thought someone might be able to help me ...

  1. #1
    LE #2823 CamaroDMD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Oregon
    Age
    32
    Posts
    126

    Red with Silver Stripes
    2002 Camaro SS LE

    Optima Battery Problem

    I don't know if this is the right place for this...but I thought someone might be able to help me with this. I have a 2002 Camaro SS LE and a few years ago (probably 3) I decided to put a red top optima battery in it. I wanted the best battery I could get. I don't drive my car everyday, I take it out a couple times a week and for the last several months it seems that the battery is slowly getting weaker. Today, I wasn't sure if the car was going to start. I know 3 years old isn't new by any means...but I would expect it to last longer than that. Do these batteries have a history of problems or am I just unlucky?

    Also, I had a yellow top optima in my '69 Camaro and it didn't seem to hold a charge well from day one.

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Santa Maria, California
    Posts
    68

    Black
    1998 Pontiac Formula LS6

    I've been using Optima batteries for the last ten years or more. I'm on my second Optima in my Firebird, and I've owned the car since it was new in '98. Generally, I've had good luck using Optima batteries. After the original battery in my Firebird broke at the terminal and leaked acid in the area directly underneath the tray I've exclusively used Optimas.
    I installed a 78 series Optima in my old truck and I let it sit for a few months. The battery was only a year old. It ran down to ~5VDC. I charged it back up after a couple of charging sessions and got it back to 12.2VDC. When I put it back in my truck I disconnected the positive cable because I knew the truck was going to sit for a while longer non-op. I would put a battery tender on the battery if you know the car is going to be stored for a while.

  3. #3
    Smiles for 9.5 Years cammed goat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Paterson/Ridgewood, NJ
    Posts
    11,474

    Phantom Black Metallic
    2004 GTO M6

    I agree on the battery tender idea. If the car sits, the battery will die. Optima or not. I have a red top Optima in mine. Installed it a few months after I bought my car 3+ years ago. Still going strong as I daily my car.

  4. #4
    Member Nowhereman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    California
    Posts
    261

    Black
    2000 WS6

    I hear this from time to time.
    People willing top pop the extra coin for a battery that looks like a six pack.
    They are not worth the coin.
    Go get a nice fitted interstate and save the extra coin for some real six packs.
    Be who you are and say what you feel 'cause people who mind don't matter, and people who matter don't mind.'
    -Nowhereman

  5. #5
    Firebird Encyclopedia 9T8W66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    St. Clair Shores. Michigan
    Age
    49
    Posts
    1,605

    Navy Blue Metallic
    `98 Formula M6 HdTp

    Quote Originally Posted by Nowhereman View Post
    I hear this from time to time.
    People willing top pop the extra coin for a battery that looks like a six pack.
    They are not worth the coin.
    Go get a nice fitted interstate and save the extra coin for some real six packs.
    I work in the battery business and wouldn't touch an optima unless it was used in a daily driven vehicle.
    When any battery sits it slowly losses charge, in a 3 month period it can be down as much as 25%.
    When an Optima gets below 10.5 volts it can only be charged when piggy backed with another battery until it reaches over 10.5 volts. At that time the other battery can be removed and the Optima charged directly from the charger.

    BTW a battry needs to be over 12.60 in voltage to be considered fully charged.

  6. #6
    Member My00Z28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Holland, MI/Lima, OH
    Age
    26
    Posts
    822

    Red
    2000 Camaro Z28 A4

    Optima's are great batteries IMO, they will only last if, "IF" you maintain them correctly... put a tender on them (or any battery) when they sit for awhile and it will most likely live its life to the max.

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Ashland, Ohio
    Posts
    8
    I have had 3 optima batteries and they were all junk, battery tender or not I don't waste the money any more. One red top, two yellow top, almost $500 worth of nothing. I just get the everstart one's from walmart now, I could buy 10 batteries for what I spent on 3.

  8. #8
    Member TA98's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    863

    Black
    1998 Trans Am

    Not a fan of them at all. I work at a parts store at night and people always bring them back within a few months complaining of various problems

  9. #9
    Electrical Engineer KMdef9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    North of the Motorcity
    Posts
    2,611

    Custom Swirly Black
    2001 WS6 M6

    Optima batteries 10 years ago were a quality product, theyre garbage now.

    I would invest in a new battery and a tender. You can make a cheap battery last longer than a Optima with proper care.

  10. #10
    Member My00Z28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Holland, MI/Lima, OH
    Age
    26
    Posts
    822

    Red
    2000 Camaro Z28 A4

    Quote Originally Posted by trplxl2 View Post
    I have had 3 optima batteries and they were all junk, battery tender or not I don't waste the money any more. One red top, two yellow top, almost $500 worth of nothing. I just get the everstart one's from walmart now, I could buy 10 batteries for what I spent on 3.
    many people who buy batteries do not know how to maintain them properly...(not saying you dont know how) but i bought my optima used one year old because the buyer said it was bad we swapped it out and i charged her up... let it sit for 2-3 months then threw it in my camaro and ran it all this year with zero problems... when i put my car away for winter i took the battery out asap and threw it on a tender and i am 100% confident i will get the use out of it next year again....

    from me working at advance when these batteries come in as "bad" the first questions i ask is "do you drive the vehicle daily?" and "what do you do when it sits for a period of time?"... the responses i get is they drive it 1-4 times a month and that they just disconnect it during winter or leave it connected all year... right away i pretty much tell them it was their fault not the batteries fault why it is bad because these batteries are very picky on how they are maintained...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Rich View Post
    I've been using Optima batteries for the last ten years or more. I'm on my second Optima in my Firebird, and I've owned the car since it was new in '98. Generally, I've had good luck using Optima batteries. After the original battery in my Firebird broke at the terminal and leaked acid in the area directly underneath the tray I've exclusively used Optimas.
    I installed a 78 series Optima in my old truck and I let it sit for a few months. The battery was only a year old. It ran down to ~5VDC. I charged it back up after a couple of charging sessions and got it back to 12.2VDC. When I put it back in my truck I disconnected the positive cable because I knew the truck was going to sit for a while longer non-op. I would put a battery tender on the battery if you know the car is going to be stored for a while.
    i totally agree with you on this one...

  11. #11
    Member Nowhereman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    California
    Posts
    261

    Black
    2000 WS6

    Well, I don't put my WS6 on a tender; my bikes I do but not the WS6.
    The WS6 has an Interstate in it.
    My factory battery lasted 7 years and I just decided to change it.
    The Interstate has 5 on it now and it is going strong as ever.
    Just clean the terminals once a year on a good battery and it will be good.
    Can't say that about the 6pack Optimas.

  12. #12
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Pigeon Forge, Tn.
    Posts
    2

    Blue
    08 vetter

    Hi CamaroDMD,
    Newer cars have a lot of battery parisitic drain these days with all the new computers, etc. It sounds to me like your battery is getting weak over a period of time when the car sits and then just a quick drive or two a week. My guess is you are not getting it properly charged with the short time you are driving it every week. Once a battery is discharged, it needs to be recharged properly with a battery charger, don't rely on the alternator to get it back to proper charge. A maintenance charger is a great option if you are going to let the car sit. Just be sure to buy one that has AGM settings. These have micro-processors built in and maintain the different batteries you might have in your garage. I have a 08 vette in my garage that sits sometimes for months without starting and this is the best solution I have found to keep the battery at the proper level. Most newer chargers have adapters you can hard wire to your battery so it is a simple plug and play and makes sure all stays as it should.

    Mr. Rich, your RedTop will not be fully-charged until it reads about 12.6-12.8 volts. (about 13.0-13.2 volts for YellowTops). 9T8WS6, most battery chargers will not recognize or charge any battery that has been deeply discharged below 10.5 volts, Optima or otherwise.

    trplxl2, I'm sorry to hear about the problems you had with your batteries. Can you tell me more about the problems surrounding the three issues you had?

    T/A98, My00Z28's experience with people returning deeply-discharged batteries, mistakenly thinking they were bad, is far more common than we'd like it to be. In fact, many of the “bad” batteries returned to us under warranty are just as he describes- deeply-discharged and perfectly fine, when properly-recharged. This is a problem industry-wide and other manufacturers have actually added language to their warranties that specifically voids batteries discharged below specific voltage levels. We didn't do that with our warranty, but we did make this YouTube video, which explains how to . Since you mentioned you are a retailer of our products, we do offer an online training program for our retail partners. If you are interested in participating, please send me a PM and I'll provide you with a link.

    Nowhereman, you are absolutely correct about not needing to clean the terminals of Optima batteries once a year, because our batteries are sealed and will not have corrosion build-up around the terminals.

    I hope this helps,
    Thanks,
    Bill Howell
    eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Pigeon Forge, Tn.
    Posts
    2

    Blue
    08 vetter

    Hi CamaroDMD,
    Newer cars have a lot of battery parisitic drain these days with all the new computers, etc. It sounds to me like your battery is getting weak over a period of time when the car sits and then just a quick drive or two a week. My guess is you are not getting it properly charged with the short time you are driving it every week. Once a battery is discharged, it needs to be recharged properly with a battery charger, don't rely on the alternator to get it back to proper charge. A maintenance charger is a great option if you are going to let the car sit. Just be sure to buy one that has AGM settings. These have micro-processors built in and maintain the different batteries you might have in your garage. I have a 08 vette in my garage that sits sometimes for months without starting and this is the best solution I have found to keep the battery at the proper level. Most newer chargers have adapters you can hard wire to your battery so it is a simple plug and play and makes sure all stays as it should.

    Mr. Rich, your RedTop will not be fully-charged until it reads about 12.6-12.8 volts. (about 13.0-13.2 volts for YellowTops). 9T8WS6, most battery chargers will not recognize or charge any battery that has been deeply discharged below 10.5 volts, Optima or otherwise.

    trplxl2, I'm sorry to hear about the problems you had with your batteries. Can you tell me more about the problems surrounding the three issues you had?

    T/A98, My00Z28's experience with people returning deeply-discharged batteries, mistakenly thinking they were bad, is far more common than we'd like it to be. In fact, many of the “bad” batteries returned to us under warranty are just as he describes- deeply-discharged and perfectly fine, when properly-recharged. This is a problem industry-wide and other manufacturers have actually added language to their warranties that specifically voids batteries discharged below specific voltage levels. We didn't do that with our warranty, but we did make this YouTube video, which explains how to Since you mentioned you are a retailer of our products, we do offer an online training program for our retail partners. If you are interested in participating, please send me a PM and I'll provide you with a link.

    Nowhereman, you are absolutely correct about not needing to clean the terminals of Optima batteries once a year, because our batteries are sealed and will not have corrosion build-up around the terminals.

    I hope this helps,
    Thanks,
    Bill Howell
    eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Optima red top battery
    By LETHALxLS1 in forum Camaro / SS
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 12-20-2011, 10:07 AM
  2. Battery trade in dfw My Optima for your battery
    By Lucky 13 in forum Parts For Sale / Trade
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-10-2009, 04:33 AM
  3. Yellow Top Optima Battery
    By redfiress08 in forum Stereo and Electronics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-07-2008, 03:53 PM
  4. defective yellow optima battery. anyone had same ?
    By Eugenio_SS in forum Stereo and Electronics
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-29-2008, 10:38 PM
  5. Optima Yellow Top Battery
    By Ed Blown Vert in forum Western Members
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 09-28-2005, 02:40 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •