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Old 31st October 2009, 23:25   #31
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Quite an old thread has come back to life. Anyways after that the alternator and two batteries got changed. that voltmeter also out of calibration.
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Old 31st October 2009, 23:38   #32
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15.73 volts is too high. Normal alternator voltage varies between 13.8 and 14.4. Get your alternator checked and repaired before it fries your battery and other electrical items.

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I'm using Zen LXi and looking for battery to be change. Please advice on brand and type (dry or wet).
You could go in for Amaron FLO - 42B20R which is recommended by Maruti & also available in MGB (Maruti Genuine Battery) or the "standard" battery at Amaron dealerships. It comes with a 24 months +24 months (pro rata) warranty. Costs approx 3300 INR in exchange for your old battery. There's also a similar battery with a lesser warranty (18 + 18); Amaron FLO 38B20R - this one costs approx 2800 INR. AFAIK, both the batteries are zero maintainence.

My previous battery (for my Zen) was an Exide, which lasted without any troubles for almost 5 years before dying out 15 days ago; thats when I changed to Amaron, as I was told that Exide service (& replacement under warranty) was taking upto 2 weeks in some cases.

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Old 2nd November 2009, 00:31   #34
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They have a couple of batteries below that range too... Black, etc. They are "maintainence free" not zero maintenance. But their warranty period is low compared to say Base Terminal.
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You could go in for Amaron FLO - 42B20R which is recommended by Maruti & also available in MGB (Maruti Genuine Battery) or the "standard" battery at Amaron dealerships. It comes with a 24 months +24 months (pro rata) warranty. Costs approx 3300 INR in exchange for your old battery. There's also a similar battery with a lesser warranty (18 + 18); Amaron FLO 38B20R .........

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Don't amaron FLO irrespective of current capacity have the same warranty period?
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Old 2nd November 2009, 23:46   #36
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Don't amaron FLO irrespective of current capacity have the same warranty period?
Although both the variants are technically supposed to be same in terms of Ah rating, it's strange that the difference in cost is only attributable to the warranty. I wonder if there are other hidden factors

MASS would not sell the 38B20R/L, but only the 42B20R/L as MGB (Maruti Genuine Battery) product.
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What about Tata Green (Gold)? Price is 3365 INR, dealer is ready to excange in lie of my old battery worth of INR 565. It womes with 18+18 months of warrenty.
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forget the +18. see who gives maximum replacement warranty for the price you will be paying.
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^^^While what you are saying seems true wrt Amaron (as the pro rata discount keeps dropping with time), I would not say that in case of Base Terminal, because they give a cool 30% discount if you need to replace the battery within 50 months (4 years & 2 months)!
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Hi Gigy,
Recently I have changed my swift battery (Stock also Amaron) to Amaron FLO Hilife batteries. I bought the Amaron FLO the model is 42B20L, which is equivalent to 42B20R which is the OEM fitment recommended by Maruti as MGB. It is same with 35Ah capacity, the only difference they indicate is that this battery has better cracking capacity. This battery comes with (24 + 24) months in which 0-24 months is Free Replacement and then from 25 to 48 months pro-rated compensation. The pro-rated compensation is calculated based on the following condition. It inidcates as follows:
Discount factor on purchase of a new AMARON FLO HI-LIOFE battery only, as per company terms; based on the below calculations or 20% (0.20), which ever is higher.

Discount = 1 - (Service Life/ 48)

Service Life is the number of months between the date of complaint and date of sale. Fraction of the month is rounded off to next month.

So this way you are garanteed to get 20 % discount if it fails in 47 months also. So it doesn't matter if your battery fails between 39 to 48 months, you are garanteed a discount of 20%.

The MRP of the battery is Rs. 3795. I got a discount of 295 for my old battery as one of the cells have completely died. Otherwise I think they could have give me 500 bucks so it could cost you in between 3300 to 3500 Max.

Hope this clears some of the doubts about the pro-rata compensation.

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From the model numbers you have mentioned i think it has noting to do with the cranking capacity.,its the orientation of the terminals. L or R. if you have taken R instead of L the terminals might have got closer to the bonnet. have a check on it.

I was getting 900 for my old battery, had bought it for 3900. the new replacement was almost 5k -900. that was not the issue, they were not picking up the hotlines provided and i was stranded due battery failure. that was enough to drop the brand. i tried calling them for a week before getting fedup.that battery without any claim was fetching me 500 on exchange for any brand. so i took stock bosch for 2.6k. i could save 400 only if i had spent 2.5k more to buy amaron hilife pro of same rating.

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In my Non AC, and MPFI, Maruti 800 I have a three years old Exide battery.

I take good care of the battery. But all through DIY route.

I have come to believe that the lives of standard car batteries are about three years or so. Can I postpone the inevitable death.

What, besides regular running the car, regular topping up the cells with distilled water and other normal maintenance, should I do for increasing its life?

Also, will getting it charged at battery charging shops help?
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^^^Regarding your last question, it isn't required if your charging system is recharging the battery as it should.
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Hi ,

I have Santro Xing (2005) and service guys asked me to get the battery replaced in next 1-2 months . Car has run close to 55000 Kms .Pl let me know the best maintainence free battery suitable for Santro Xing and its approx costs in Bangalore ? Any help w.r.t dealers/packages would help too .

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i have a zen and my car battry is 6 months old, for past 2 days , in the morning my auto cop dose not work, when i press the unlock nothings happens, but when i start my car it starts in one attemp. After a drive for about half hour when in press the unlock button on auto cop, it works. Can anyone tell what would be the problem.
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