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2009 Base Boxster Dead Battery

Looks like the battery in my 2009 base Boxster is dead. ..or near enough dead that it needs replacing. Is there any reason why I can't drive down to my local AutoZone and pick one up (and replace it myself)? Any brands I should look out for?

FWIW I keep it on a trickle charger most times, but after having the car out Thursday evening and not putting it on the charger, it didn't start Saturday morning. I've plugged it back in and the charger says "green" (charged), but I haven't tried to start it up just yet. But I've had signs of a dying battery, so I'm fairly certain that's "all" it needs.

Thanks in advance!

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A Porsche just uses a battery, Porsche doesn't use a special battery.

Do check the polarity (which side the positive and negative are on), the CCA rating, the size, the warranty length. And look for one with a vent tube if your current battery uses one. I'm hardly a mechanic but changed my battery in my driveway by hoping in and out the frunk to lift the old battery out and the new one back in.

AGM versus conventional is the big choice. Price differs.
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My 01 has a battery from Walmart. The nice thing about Walmart batteries is you can get them fast and easy and because the price is cheaper, you can get a better battery (more cca's.) It had a Bosch. That one died pretty quickly after I bought the money pit.
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When considering typical Lead/Acid batteries, there are a few major brands marketed under many names:
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Each makes batteries sold under several different brand names. Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models. Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries. Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some Everstarts
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Thanks all. Has anybody run into any "reprogramming" needs after a battery replacement? I seem to remember swapping the battery in my Cayman S and needing the radio programmed or something.
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Unless you put a 9 volt power plug in the lighter, if you have one, once power is off the radio security code will have to be entered. Pretty simple if you have the code.
FWIW I prefer the AGM batteries. Don't like the huge acid bomb up front.
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Radio codes are not required for an 09. My 06 Cayman is plug and play. I remove the battery every winter for storage.
BTW...you said a trickle charger. Hopefully you meant battery tender. A trickle charger will cook the battery.
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I have the "Porsche Pro Battery Maintainer" that plugs into the cigarette lighter.
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