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Inspection - KAWASAKI ZX400-H2 Quick Reference Manual

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15-10 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery
Electrolyte LevelInspection
.The electrolyte level should be between the upper and
the lower level lines.
* If the level of electrolyte in any cell is below the lower
level
line,
add only distilled water to
cell,
until the level
is at the upper level line.
CAUTION
O
rd in ary ta
p
wate
r is
not
a su
bstitute
for d
istilled
w
ater and will shorten the life of the
battery.
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CD
*If the
specific
gravity is below
1.20
(charge
60%),
the
battery needs to be charged.
Initial Charging
.Remove the rear and front seats (see Frame chapter)
and take out the battery.
AWARNING
Keep the battery away from sparks and open flames
during charging
,
since
the
battery
gives off an
explosive
gas mixture of hydrogen and
oxygen.
When
using a battery
charger,
connect the battery to the
charger before turning on the charger. This procedure
prevents sparks at the battery terminals which cou
ld
ignite
any battery gases.
• Fill each cell to the upper level line on the battery case
with fresh electrolyte (specific gravity: 1.280) at a
temperature of 30°C (86°F) or
less.
Let the battery
stand for about 30 minutes before charging.
NOTE
o
If the electrolyte level drops, add electrolyte to the upper
level line before
charging.
1. Upper Level Line
2. Lower Level Line
.Set the charging rate at 1/10 the battery
capacity,
and
charge it for 10 hours. For example, if the battery is
rated at 14
Ah,
the charging rate would be 1.4
A
Electrolyte Specific Gravity Inspection
• Check battery
condition
by
testing
the specif
ic
gravity
of the
electrolyte
in each cell with a
hydrometer.
o
Read the level of the electrolyte on the floating scale.
Hydrometer
1. Read
here.
CAUTION
If the battery is not given a full initial charging, it will
discharge
i
n a few weeks.
After
that it can not be
charged
by supplement charging
.
Do not use a high rate battery
charger,
as is typica
lly
employed at automotive service
stations,
unless the
charger rate can be reduced to the level required
.
Charging the battery at a rate
higher
than specified
may ruin the
battery.
Charging at a high rate causes
excess heat which can warp the plates and cause
i
nt ern al
shorting.
Higher-than-normal
charging rates
also
cause the plates to shed
active material.
Deposits
will
accumulate,
and can cause
i
nt erna l
shorting.
If the temperature of the
electrolyte
rises above
45°C
(115°F) during
charging
,
reduce the charg
ing
rate to
lo w er the temperature, and increase charging t
ime
proportionately.
Ordinary Charging
• Remove the rear and front seats (see Frame chapter)
and take out the
battery.
• Set the charging rate and
time according
to the battery
cond
ition
previously
determined
(see
Electrolyte
Specific Gravity
Inspection), using the Battery Charging
Rate/Time Table.

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