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Old 07-11-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
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Starting Batteries, Where to Get, Forgive Me

Forgive me for not knowing what I don't know. I'm looking at a bus that has bad batteries, they have replaced the alternator but have not replaced the batteries. Where is the best place to get three new batteries if I decide to go look at this bus, and potentially buy it. I live in Michigan, so cold starting is going to be a necessity. Thank you for your help.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:30 PM   #2
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Local auto parts store or Walmart.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:40 PM   #3
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If they're regular Group 31 batteries you can get cheap ones from Walmart and they'll probably last 5 years. Or you can pay three times as much and get some that will also last about five years. You didn't mention anything about the bus but most of them have block heaters which make all the difference on the very cold mornings and will really take the edge off of the starting load.
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Local auto parts store or Walmart.
Cool, is it universal that buses need group 31 batteries? Is there a different type of terminal size or location to look for?
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Group 31T, my bus has only one start battery, you may not need 3 to get it started. I have 2 new ones to replace the one. O'Reilly has them for around $120.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:42 PM   #6
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If they're regular Group 31 batteries you can get cheap ones from Walmart and they'll probably last 5 years. Or you can pay three times as much and get some that will also last about five years. You didn't mention anything about the bus but most of them have block heaters which make all the difference on the very cold mornings and will really take the edge off of the starting load.
It's a 2000 Thomas with a 3126 Cat engine.
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One Group 31T battery and the new alternator should be enough to start that bus.
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My Vista has a pair of group 31 but my Bluebird has a pair of 8D batteries. Holy crap i don't look forward to replacing those ever. I actually bought all the crap i need to freshen up the battery tray area but you can bet I won't be lifting those bad boys without a friend helping.
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My Vista has a pair of group 31 but my Bluebird has a pair of 8D batteries. Holy crap i don't look forward to replacing those ever. I actually bought all the crap i need to freshen up the battery tray area but you can bet I won't be lifting those bad boys without a friend helping.
I always clean up and repaint the battery tray and compartment when I do the batteries.

Group 31's at Rural King are $79 brand new.
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I recently bought a pair of Group 31's for my bus at just under $150, out-the-door. They were $69 each +tax.


Shop around. The expensive ones aren't any better than the cheaper ones, in my experience. I got mine at a local mom-and-pop battery shop.
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