View Full Version : Red top Optima battery?
01-26-2012, 07:49 PM
Ok guys well I have a red top optima battery in my 95 Chevy and its been about a little more than a year and for the last several months it's been dying if the truck sits for a couple of days like wtf! I took it back to Oreilly's so they could check it and they said it was good after they recharged it but it still does the same thing it barely even starts the next day it has the 3 year warranty an all the Oreilly's guys around here seem to be d!cks they refuse to change it just like when I bought a compressor that got stuck and would throw the belt off and they didn't want to return it after tryin 3 others I just lost a lot of freon but luckily the Manager in charge of all the Oreilly's was there and he returned me my money without any problem real cool guy. I put in another old battery from my wrecked truck that's been sitting for a couple of months and it starts great so I know that battery has to be bad. I want to know what you guys think I should do? Should I just contact that manager? Or keep insisting to replace it? Thanks in advance guys and sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.
01-26-2012, 08:27 PM
last 5 or so years optima's quality has gone gown from what i have been hearing. i have me a yellow top that has lasted me i think 4 years and its doing fine but its a hit or miss situation. as for them testing it the thing is that they dont put a good load on it to show that its dead. maybe insist leaving it over night and see how it dose. i also read on a car audio forum that one guy was saying to gently drop the battery in a soft area like grass so that it gently "shake" the gel in side as it may of settled but he never tried it so use it as a last resort. if you get a new battery look at XS power
01-27-2012, 04:56 PM
The grass thing you mentioned does work. Optima rep told me and others to do it. My friend's would do what the OP's is doing and he tried it and it is good to go now.
01-28-2012, 02:54 PM
take it back, with your reciept,
drop on counter.
ask for person incharge.
tell them it wont hold a charge.
walk out with new one.
if they refuse, tell them you want to know when the manager is in and write down names. its a 3 year no question asked warentee and they shouldent even ask if you say its not working properly
01-29-2012, 12:15 PM
Ok so good news I went back to Oreilly's kind of pissed and told them I wanted a new battery because the old one did not hold charge for a day and they were asking to do the same they did last time to leave it there do they could recharge it then check it and I told them there was no point because it was goin to show perfect charge when testing right after charging it and argued that I would not be wasting time goin if the battery was good and if they had a problem to just give me their name and I would contact the district oreillys manager and then they just asked for my receipt where they saw it was a little more than a year and said it still had warranty so they got me a new one with no problem, hopefully this one is good I know it isn't anything to do with the truck because I put in an older cheaper battery in for the last couple of days and it still has full charge! Anyway thanks for the replies guys appreciate it!
01-31-2012, 05:04 PM
i had a yellow top that had a bad cell or something. would jump from 12.8 down into the 9.x region. then back up.
02-03-2012, 12:39 AM
I had a Red Top Optima in a bagged Blazer and it would do the same thing. I didn't drive the Blazer a lot, so it would sit a week or two and then would not start. After finally charging the battery, I would have to charge it every few days. It would not hold a charge. The last battery I bought for it was an Interstate and I loved it.
02-29-2012, 11:48 PM
I had 3 red tops before i quit using them. They are an awesome battery UNTIL it looses charge. Lights on. Left radio playing too long. Its like they die and never work the same. I had faith in mine until it quit working. Ill just stick with a regular battery now
03-01-2012, 12:01 AM
You guys need to try this before you go buy another battery. I was able to save a 5 year old yellow top.
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