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Cold cranking amps - 05 Ford Five Hundred

I'm pretty sure I need a new battery, I'm looking to see how many cold cranking amps I need, minimum and maximum, what is recommended.

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  • carcates Jul 25, 2008

    Thanks! My girls use the auxillary outlets for iPods and DVD players alot, so I wanted to make sure that I had enough.

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The battery in our 2005 Ford Five Hundred shows 600 CCA.
If you buy a larger battery it will cost more in the purchase
and more to transport because it will be heavier.
If you buy less then (as the battery ages and drops in its
CCA value) you will reach the minimum CCA value (required
to start the engine) sooner and need to purchase a battery
If I were in a pinch and couldn't find one that was
on sale, then I would buy the one that is the lowest price
that met my 600 CCA minimum value.
If I were stranded
and it were summer time I would settle for less and carry
jumper cables in my trunk for when winter arrived.

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You can buy a battery with as many cca as you like as long as the battery fits your battery box. The cca is how long you can crank motor befor you run out of power If you can get a 700-750 cca battery you will be fine. But you could do with a 450-500cca battery if you want. But I wouldn't go less than that especially if your running the v8

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The second part is the amps, also refered to as, " cold craking amps ", it is the amps that start your engine, not the 12 volts.

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You very likely have a battery that doesn't meet the vehicles, " minimum cold cranking amps requirement ."

I am sorry for the long explaination, but, many people are having the same issues, and because this is likely going to be viewed by other users I am hoping that they will start looking more at the " cold cranking amps " rating, before thay buy a battery that isn't powerful enough to start their car, especially in cold weather.

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Hello u69men33, I am very sorry you're having problems, but, I do have a couple of thoughts.
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