Y'all still don't even know if his car is 2012 or not, yet everyone made assumptions it is.
Hey, camryfan, read this before you "nothing special" it:
I thought, it was proven beyond reasonable doubt, that Yellow Top Optima is the right choice for TCH? Both on size and storage capacities? Where did blue one came from? We got already numerous posts here last year, with one optimajim, having all this figured and resolved? Now we go for a new theory?
Even if it's 2012, does it have thrmistor or not? And if yes, does he know what to do with it? Haven't noticed any mentioning of that either.
Ron, as knowledgeable as you appear to be on the subjects, you could have done better job actually. Connect wires to new battery BEFORE replacing old one? You serious? You ever tried that yourself? All he needs is a reasonably small back up 12V battery, 20 or so bucks worth, hooked up parallel to battery cables, and that's POC to do. Why no one told him to have car turned ON, so that everything is powered off traction battery? Just in case?
You realize, it's The Wife's car? You know hell she'll put him through, if he ends up with $520 bill from dealer like the other guy?