I replaced my car battery for my Corolla in mid March. Last week it was completely fried. I went to start it and it had zero juice. AAA came and jump started it with their battery pack starter. I left it running for 45 minutes to “charge it.” AAA said the alternator was pushing through 18v when they jumped it. Next day came back and completely dead again. Took it to store where I got the battery and they said it was completely dead and gave me a warranty replacement. They said 18v from the alternator was likely what fried it.
Yesterday I took the car to the mechanic and he tested it and there was no issue with the alternator. Mechanic said he often sees issues with “silver class” batteries and suggested I upgrade to Gold. I went back to the store and paid the upgrade to good class. The mechanic said AAA saw 18v from the alternator because that battery was fully dead and they can do that, but on a good charged battery the alternator was fine.
Does it sound like there’s an actual issue here or did I likely get a battery with a defect and that caused it to die in less than 3 months?