1995 Ford F250 7.3

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ashs inc, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 597

    This is my first 7.3 truck. It has two batteries. It wont crank. the guy at auto zone tried to sell me a $122 battery. do i need this expensive of a battery? 1000 cranking amps
     
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,647

    In my experience with 16 of the 7.3 Powerstrokes, it does not pay to buy cheap batteries. In fact, replace both batteries at the same time. If you do just one, you will be doing the other one in a couple of months. So, go ahead, buy two good quality, heavy duty batteries now, and be done with it for 3 or 4 years.
     
  3. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,519

    The joys of owning a diesel :walking:
     
  4. greensolutions1

    greensolutions1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    yes definately get a good one and you need to replace both at the same time. Ive got a couple 7.3s and a couple 6.0s about $300 to replace batteries at one time
     
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Go to walmart and get the everstart batteries. They have a pretty good warranty and they've always treated me good. Those junk batteries at advance and auto zone never last for me.
     
  6. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 597

    244 for batteries just seems like a lot
     
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Did they test the batteries? I've bought one battery for my 89 7.3idi diesel and the other one lasted a year without issues. I've sold the truck since then and it was working fine when I sold it. All my cables were upgraded I think to 0 gauge all the way to the starter.
     
  8. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,628

    Well you have one of the best ford diesel motors (actually the best) one made and in order to crank it over especially during cold winter months you will need the 1000ca battery.
     
  9. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    I second this. I have 1 7.3 for the last 6 years. Buy good batteries, clean cable or replace, have good glow plugs and all should be good!
     
  10. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    This is soo true, by the way pick up a couple fuel filter at 20 to 30 bucks each and 20 quarts of oil, just to get it rounded up to 400 bucks.
     

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