How do I tell the age of my car battery?

How do I tell the age of my car battery?

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LeoSayer

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5,872 posts

191 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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It's a Varta with these codes stamped on top.... G4B5922120743 510126 29B

Is it G4 for July 2004?

Or 5101 for 51st week of 2001?

Or something else?



sday12

4,826 posts

158 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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Mr2Mike

20,143 posts

202 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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Does it have a coloured dot on the side?

LeoSayer

Original Poster:

5,872 posts

191 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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No coloured dot unfortunately. Thanks for the pdf but no real match.

I know it's at least 5 years old. It's currently out of the car and on the trickle charger as I accidently discharged it yesterday.

Just wondering if it's worth persevering with it.

Mr Pies

7,705 posts

134 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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Chainsaw it in half and count the rings?

TheEnd

15,370 posts

135 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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Mr Pies said:
Chainsaw it in half and count the rings?
Don't be stupid, that's for onions.

Mr Pies

7,705 posts

134 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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TheEnd said:
Mr Pies said:
Chainsaw it in half and count the rings?
Don't be stupid, that's for onions.
laugh

WhoseGeneration

4,090 posts

154 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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LeoSayer said:
No coloured dot unfortunately. Thanks for the pdf but no real match.

I know it's at least 5 years old. It's currently out of the car and on the trickle charger as I accidently discharged it yesterday.

Just wondering if it's worth persevering with it.
From my experience, yes, persevere, I'm finding batteries can last for ten years nowadays.
Is it no maintenance or low maintenance?, low maintenance will have removable cell caps, so, if so, worth checking electrolyte levels and adding battery (distilled or deionised) water if necessary.
Only top up with battery disconnected from the charger.


Jimmyarm

1,962 posts

125 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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Just buy another one.

Tradeprice on 063 battery's is hitting £15 a pop wink

bimsb6

6,605 posts

168 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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My leon is 11 years old and appears to have the original battery fitted.

TaffRichie

208 posts

99 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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You cant jude a battery by its age. Condition is dependent on duty cycle.

Voltage is key, a battery sould give you 10v when its starting the car, if it drops below its in poor condition. But because a battery is basically a chemical reaction temperature does effect results, so may be 9.5v in very cold weather.

LuS1fer

35,433 posts

192 months

Friday 20th January 2012
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Hey Jude, don't make it bad.

Just ask it quietly and listen intently.