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When to change my 488 Spider battery

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Marcus Lam, Jan 10, 2022.

  1. Marcus Lam

    Marcus Lam Rookie

    Apr 15, 2018
    Las Vegas
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    Marcus Lam
    I have a 2017 488 Spider that I bought CPO from Ferrari Salt Lake back in 2019. It came with just 89 miles and now has 4,150 miles on the odometer.

    It still has the original battery and I have used a CTEK battery maintainer on it pretty much at all times when not driven. The battery maintainer still shows that it’s able to get a full charge on the battery. However, the battery is now five years old and I do live in Las Vegas where it’s driven on hot days when not garaged.

    Should I be proactive and get the battery replaced now or soldier on? I bought the annual new power coverage but know that batteries and other consumables are not covered. Thanks in advance for the advice.
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  3. whatheheck

    whatheheck F1 Rookie
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    Mar 27, 2006
    Seattle, Wa
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    Dan L.
    In my opinion car batteries should be replaced every 4 - 5 years.
    I do this to all my cars.

    One day when least expected & you're out somewhere it will leave you stranded as car won't start. How embarrassing. Then you call for a flat bed.

    Car batteries are cheap. You can buy Interstate brand at Costco or your local Interstate dealer for a very reasonable price.

    Small price to pay for peace of mind.

    Very easy to replace.

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  4. craze

    craze Formula Junior

    Mar 5, 2021
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    I do the same
    5 yrs max

    Although ive been caught even 2 yr old batteries
    I always buy the best i can get from now on
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  5. Marcus Lam

    Marcus Lam Rookie

    Apr 15, 2018
    Las Vegas
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    Marcus Lam
    Sound advice. I will get mine replaced.
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  6. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    May 29, 2001
    All good advice about car battery replacement. I usually do the same...5 or 6 years max. With owning four vehicles now (and a motorcyle too), I purchased a battery tester which can allow me to confirm whether battery replacement may be warranted earlier...or even if I can extend replacement. This is the one I own, although it is a private label version sold by Griots Garage for considerably more, I see now that Schumacher also has it under private label for considerably less: Amazon.com: Schumacher BT-175 Handheld Digital Battery Tester - 12V - Works with Wide Range of Vehicle Batteries : Automotive
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