Check the Battery Recall Dell site to see if yours is included in the recall:
Dell Battery Recall
The M1710 is included, but not all batteries were in the defective group.
XPS M1530, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bitInspiron E1705, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bitDimension 9100, Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bitInspiron 660, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bitCompaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bitAsus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1 Home - 32 bit
Thanks for that link. I still need to know before I waste any time on this, if my battery is on the recall list, but my warranty is expired, am I eligible for a replacement battery?