by Anthony Smith
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There are dozens of brands of car batteries available to consumers in the US, and Motorcraft is the brand installed in Ford vehicles when they are manufactured. Most battery buyers are unaware of the fact that almost all car batteries in the US are made by just three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls Industries, and then privately labeled for other companies. Johnson Controls manufactures Motorcraft batteries and they use a date code on their batteries that indicates when it was manufactured.
Look for the battery label or seal that has a series of letters and numbers arranged in a code. On a Motorcraft battery, it is located on the side of the battery box.
Identifies the first character of the code. The first character will be a letter and will be one of the letters “A” through “L”. The letter “A” corresponds to the first month of the year, January, the letter “B” corresponds to the second month of the year, February, etc. Thus, a December month of manufacture would be indicated by the letter “L”.
Now look at the second character of the code. It will be a number (0-9) indicating the year the battery was manufactured. The number corresponds to the last digit of the year. For example, a “9” would correspond to the year 2009, while a “6” would indicate the year 2006.
Ignore the remaining characters in the code as they are not important for checking the battery date. Put the two pieces of information from Steps 2 and 3 together to get the battery’s manufacture date. For example, “C8” is the code for March 2008.