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A Shocking Expose: Your Car's Battery

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edited September 2014 in General

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  • alekkalekk Posts: 1
    "Sulfuric acid is highly caustic" please change Cuastic to Acidic.
  • tiger57tiger57 Posts: 1
    Very nice explanation, however what I need to know was not explained ie specifically how to properly charge a depleted battery. I have read about using differing amperage levels in the process but am still confused . Perhaps some one who is knowledgeable could reply to me by email with the information that I am seeking . Many thanks
  • Great article. Can anyone confirm that the cells should be topped-up so that the electrolyte just touches the bottom of the fill well.

    I always thought the level was about half way between the top of the plates and the base of the fill wells ? PLEASE NOTE topping up should be done AFTER the battery is fully charged, as the electrolyte will expand on charging.
  • My '95 Lexus SC 300, 5 speed, had a lock out switch under the
    clutch, so that the car must have the clutch fully depressed in
    order to start the engine. I assumed that 'big brother' had
    mandated this for those who didn't know to shift to neutral
    prior to twisting the key.
    One of the big advntages to owning a manual shift vehicle is
    the ability to run it out of a flooded area with the starter, if the
    engine quits. Therefore, I defeated the lock out circuit.
  • hammerdoghammerdog Posts: 2
    Alekk wrote "Acidic instead of cuastic". You're so right, Alekk! Sulfuric is like less than a 1 Ph.
    Other than that, it's a good article. I'm currently ( pun intended) troubleshooting my truck, as the battery went dead in two days.... Hopefully, the charged battery will be the solution, not a new alternator, or voltage regulator or short to ground. News at eleven. Good luck! And Cheers. :)
  • hammerdoghammerdog Posts: 2
    H2SO4 is highly Acidic, NOT Caustic. Thanks.
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