Motorcraft Batteries

Ford's signature brand of automotive battery

The Ford Motor Company introduced the Motorcraft brand of automobile parts in 1972. Since then, it has been a leading name in the car and truck battery market.

Today, Motorcraft batteries are made by the foremost automotive battery manufacturer in North America, Johnson Controls Inc. They are sold by the more than 5,000 Ford, Mercury and Lincoln dealers nationwide. While Ford says that Motorcraft batteries are made specifically to maximize the performance of their own line of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and trucks, Motorcraft brand batteries are also available for some General Motors, Chrysler and foreign vehicles.

Ford and the Motorcraft brand have been primary team sponsors in NASCAR for nearly two decades. Today, the brand has been extended beyond just auto parts. The Motorcraft name has been stamped on products ranging from key chains to leather laptop carrying cases.

Motorcraft car and truck batteries do not have the same protective features that other brands such as Optima have, but they do boast heat-sealed covers that help to minimize leakage and polypropylene containers that supposedly resist impact. They also have special caps on their vents that help to reduce the loss of electrolyte.

Which Motorcraft battery is right for you?

The Motorcraft brand is broken down into mini-brands to meet the demands of different Ford vehicles. The Silver series of batteries is more expensive, but the batteries are high in quality and have a long lifespan. The Tested Tough series is a more economical alternative.

The Tested Tough series is further broken down into the Tested Tough MAX and the Tested Tough PLUS. The main difference between the two is that the Tested Tough MAX has a longer warranty and free-replacement period. The Tested Tough MAX comes with a 100-month limited warranty and a 36-month free-replacement period, while the Tested Tough Plus has an 84-month warranty and an 18-month free-replacement period.


Motorcraft batteries are covered by a warranty that lasts between 42 and 100 months, depending on which type of battery you purchase. Motorcraft warranties cover labor and towing if the battery dies during the designated period, provided it was originally installed by an authorized Ford dealer.

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If you do not have a receipt proving the date of consumer purchase, the date of manufacture heat-stamped on the top of the battery is the warranty start date. A month or two for the battery to come through the supply system may be granted by some suppliers.
Posted on 3/23/2018 10:19:00 AM
My Motorcraft Maxx battery was MADE 22 months ago, but because it was in a car I purchased used, there is no warranty. Why would I have to prove it's purchased within warranty period when it's so new it couldn't be out of warranty. Ford gets as little of my business as is possible.
Posted on 1/18/2017 12:35:00 PM
I have ford Taurus I bought it last year 2015.. now its 1 year and battery dead where is the service of 8 years.. seriously..??? NO to Moto craft batteries
Posted on 5/18/2016 12:49:00 AM
how old in my Motorcraft battery,what info do you need.
Posted on 1/19/2013 11:19:00 AM
i bought a battery from medford ford that has a 8 year warranty but can't find the receipt it's been about two years and it won't crank what do i do?
Posted on 9/14/2012 1:27:00 PM
Why has it taken 3 weeks for my Ford dealer to get ok to warranty a 8 month old 100 month warranty Motorcraft battery. They have all the paperwork but are stalling because I had to have the battery replaced elsewhere because it was on a Sunday that it failed.
Posted on 8/14/2012 5:42:00 PM
I have a 98 Ford Crown Victoria,it has the same Motorcraft battery it came from the Factory with.
Posted on 7/14/2012 11:58:00 AM
Just amazes me the amount of caterwalling that people are so hard done by that the Ford dealers are reluctant to give out replacement batteries to customers who are irresponsible enough to not keep their's is so SAD that customers are flippant about an important Legal document (invoice) that easily verifies their warranty claim. If customers are careless about invoices and do not file them in a safe place Like other important documents like other invoices, DOT documents, and licensing information, then, What Do They Expect?!?! People.....Help us to serve You!!! We want to help you but if you give us attitude--especially in regards to YOUR responsibility to keep YOUR documentation--then you get what you get. It is NOT the dealer's job or responsibility to go Chasing customer's paperwork. We have enough to do to earn business and keep costs down without having to burn the dealer's payroll time by having a staff member look for paperwork that the customer should be responsible enough to retain. THANK YOU.
Posted on 5/3/2012 6:27:00 AM
FYI - Just replaced the BXT 65 650 battery in my E350SD Econoline. It was factory installed. Guess what! The 100 month pro rata warranty does not cover the battery that came withj the vehicle, only covers the replacement battery, provided it was installed by FORD. The 36 month free replacement warranty does apply. Keep all receipts!
Posted on 3/8/2012 3:29:00 PM
I now buy DURALAST GOLD batteries from Autozone. I've found them to be trouble free. Additionally, I ALWAYS buy the highest cold cranking amp battery that will fit in the carrier.
Posted on 12/27/2011 10:43:00 AM
Curious, does the Motor Craft BXT 65 750 battery use water?
Posted on 6/26/2011 3:03:00 PM
Posted on 6/6/2011 5:56:00 PM
after reading other comments, i guess i won't even contact ford about my motorcraft battery which came with the used motorhome and gave out within the warranty period. i have a receipt for the rv, but not separately for the batteries. good advice to deal with known battery makers who give a more realistic warranty.
Posted on 4/29/2011 4:18:00 PM
I will never purchase another Motorcraft battery again I have had nothing but problems with them since I purchased my Ford Fusion in 2007 i am now going on needing my third battery after just having the second one replaced less than a year ago I will go back to Sears to purchase mine.
Posted on 1/26/2011 9:51:00 AM
My battery was manufactured 08/09, will not hold a charge and Ford will not honor the warranty without a receipt. I bought the truck used, so there is no receipt...they should have a record of this somewhere! What a croc!
Posted on 1/21/2011 9:46:00 AM
This is the written warranty : Excellent limited warranty* coverage – 100-month (8+ years) unlimited mileage 36-month (3-year) FREE replacement period The battery was replaced after 3 years the warranty offer was to apply a $40 amount towards a new battery and void the 100 month limited warranty to the new battery. OBSURD!! criminal if you ask me!
Posted on 12/30/2010 6:19:00 PM
I do not recommend buying Motorcraft batteries since they give you a hard time honoring the warranty, unlike other battery manufacturers.
Posted on 12/15/2010 5:11:00 PM
I purchased a motorcraft battery through a Ford dealer just over 3 years ago. Ford will not pro rate the warranty on my battery because I lost the invoice. They Looked it up and told me the day I bought it, but are unable to prorate warranty without invoice.Unbelievable
Posted on 12/15/2010 5:06:00 PM
I bought my 2008 fusion new and the battery is losing cranking amps and ford will not give me a pro rate because this is a factory battery but if i buy a new battery they will make good on pro rate foe 100 months on a new puchase battery what is the difference
Posted on 12/14/2010 6:59:00 PM
My battery on a new 2010 Ford Fusion is dead. It will not start the car in the morning a dies during the day. This is a new factory installed battery, less than 1 year old. Can you tell the dealer to replace this battery at no charge? Thanks.
Posted on 12/12/2010 12:13:00 PM
I am a 70 year old man, on a fixed income and struggling to make ends meet. I purchased two Motorcraft batteries in Dec. 08 from Joe Myers Ford in Houston, Texas and I can not receive my warranty on one bad one without a receipt even though the battery is dated. I know other battery manufactures honor the stamped date on their batteries. It is a shame that I now have to purhase a new battery for my truck even though I have a three year replacement warranty from Motorcraft. I guess Sears is my best bet as they honor warranties.
Posted on 11/16/2010 2:05:00 PM
I have Ford Explorer XLS 2005 with four years warranty. The car warranty is finished now. On November 2008, the agency replaced the battery (under Warranty). On November 2010, i had the same problem with the battery and the agency replaced the battery. However, Ford (Saudi Arabia) are refusing to replace, free of charge, the defective battery which was installed only two years ago. The battery was cracked near the negative terminal. Motorcraft indicates in the catalogue that the battery has 3 years free replacement.
Posted on 11/10/2010 8:56:00 AM
Ford Won't Replace Batteries Because I Don't Have The Receit
Posted on 10/25/2010 7:46:00 PM
My car is currently down. How do I get a replacement battery ASAP.
Posted on 8/20/2010 9:11:00 AM
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