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How can i find out what kind of battery i have in my truck?

Liberty_1_servicesLiberty_1_services Member Posts: 2
edited December 2023 in Ford

Hello, how can I find out what kind of battery I have in my truck? Like how can I find out if it's a

1: flooded lead acid battery (WET)?

2: enhanced flooded battery (EFB)?

3: gel cel battery (GEL) or VRLA?

4: absorbent glass mat battery (AGM)

For example I took a picture of the battery in my truck and it says "DURALAST GOLD 58-DLG" but it doesn't seem to say what TYPE of battery I actually have

I ran the model through Google and checked a few websites but none of them say what TYPE of battery I have, so is there maybe a website where I can put in a battery model number and get the information on what type of battery I have back?

Any information would be appreciated thank you

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  • MichaellMichaell Moderator Posts: 240,979

    Hello, how can I find out what kind of battery I have in my truck? Like how can I find out if it's a

    1: flooded lead acid battery (WET)?

    2: enhanced flooded battery (EFB)?

    3: gel cel battery (GEL) or VRLA?

    4: absorbent glass mat battery (AGM)

    For example I took a picture of the battery in my truck and it says "DURALAST GOLD 58-DLG" but it doesn't seem to say what TYPE of battery I actually have

    I ran the model through Google and checked a few websites but none of them say what TYPE of battery I have, so is there maybe a website where I can put in a battery model number and get the information on what type of battery I have back?

    Any information would be appreciated thank you

    Why is it important for you to know? Either the battery works, or it doesn't. If it doesn't, and there is still warranty left, you can use it to offset the cost of a new battery.

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  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 3,270
    edited December 2023

    Not AGM or EFB according to this comparison. (Scroll down annd tap “product specifications “. then scroll down and tap “see all specifications” and then scroll to right). It is a duralast gold which they say is “improved” standard 12 V battery. The duralast Platinums can be AGM or EFB it appears.

    https://www.autozone.com/batteries-starting-and-charging/battery/p/duralast-gold-battery-bci-group-size-58-550-cca-58-dlg/232743_0_0

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Member Posts: 3,270


  • @Michaell said:
    Why is it important for you to know?

    I have been hired as a battery service mechanic and I am trying to learn how to identify batteries for my job

  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,788
    I cannot say that you will always be able to tell the difference on sight only, especially if the battery doesn't have a label that's in good condition. However, *usually* the battery model number will provide appropriate details via the manufacturer's website, if you can actually find that (as most batteries, regardless of store label, are made by very few different companies).

    As for the battery in the photo, it is definitely a traditional flooded lead acid battery because it has the maintenance caps that can/do require adding water from time to time. AGM batteries are always sealed, as are EFBs (from what I understand) . Additionally, EFBs are still wet, so rocking one should induce "slosh", while AGMs have no free liquid. That said, there are also "maintenance-free" (sealed) traditional lead acid batteries, so just because it sloshes and is sealed doesn't mean it is an EFB.
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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,788
    For the appearance of that Duralast battery, those terminals look really good!
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
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