Following a few simple rules will greatly extend the life of
When the level of the electrolyte in the battery is low, add
only distilled water to each cell until the level is at the up-
per level line marked on the outside of the battery. Ordi-
nary tap water is not a substitute for distilled water and
will shorten the life of the battery.
Never add sulphuric acid solution to the battery. This will
make the electrolyte solution too strong and will ruin the
battery within a very short time.
Avoid quick-charging the battery.
damage the battery plates.
Never let a good battery stand for more than 30 days
without giving it a supplemental charge, and never let a
discharged battery stand without charging it. If a battery
stands for any length of time, it slowly self-discharges.
Once it is discharged, the plates sulphate (turn white), and
the battery will no longer take a charge.
Keep the battery well-charged during cold weather so that
the electrolyte does not freeze and crack open the battery.
The more discharged the battery becomes, the more eas-
ily it freezes.
Always keep the battery vent hose free of obstruction, and
make sure it does not get pinched, crimped, or melted
shut by contact with the hot muffler. If battery gases can-
not escape through this hose, they will explode the bat-
DON'T INSTALL THE BATTERY BACKWARDS. The
negative side is grounded.
Electrolyte Level Inspection
Remove the battery.
Visually check the electrolyte level in the battery.
If the level line of electrolyte in any cell is below the lower
level line [A], add only distilled water to the cell until the
level is at the upper level line [B].
Install the battery.
Ordinary tap water is not a substitute for distilled
water and will shorten the life of the battery.
Before charging, check the battery condition by testing
the specific gravity of the electrolyte in each cell.
Draw a little fluid from the cell with a hydrometer.
Read the level [B] of the electrolyte on the floating scale
[A]. This is the specific gravity of the electrolyte.
A quick-charge will
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