OUTLAST Battery - Tips
| Booster Cable
TOP TEN TIPS to Remember|
Have battery and charging system checked by qualified persons seasonally.
- Batteries produce explosive gasses. Avoid sparks and open flames near the battery.
- Always disconnect the negative ground lead when working on or near the battery.
- Visually inspect the battery on a regular basis. Terminals must be clean and tight.
Top of battery is clean and dry. Remove any oil and dirt that may accumulate.
- Check the electrolyte level. Top up with distilled water. Do not overfill!
- Check that the battery is held securely. Inspect hold-down nuts and bolts for
looseness and corrosion.
- When storing for long periods. Make sure the battery is fully charged and store in a
cool and dry place. Avoid excessive heat or cold.
- If car is used on short trips, take it out for occasional long drives to fully
charge the battery.
- Avoid overcharging and deeply discharging the battery, these will
shorten the battery life.
- Avoid boosting vehicles with sophisticated electronics, especially newer car
PROPER BATTERY MAINTENANCE|
condition of the battery. Make sure that the solution is at an ample
Check for loose
contacts. Make sure that the terminals are always clean. A corroded
clamp will have little contact on the battery post thus stopping current
flow. Apply mineral grease or petroleum jelly on the terminals to
Check for loose
clamps, terminals, and body ground.
Before starting the vehicle,
check for unwanted load. Make sure that all accessories are switched "OFF."
For diesel engine
vehicles, maintain a good set of heater plugs. A quick heating engine
will be quick to start.
In the condition
that the battery discharges, it must be brought to full charge to
Check the charging
system. The ideal volt reading is 13.4 volts to 14.6 volts for 12 volt
systems and 26.8 volts to 29.2 volts for 24 volt systems.
Spouting of the
electrolyte solution indicates overcharging. Check the voltage
Boiling when the
RPM increases indicates overcharging. Check the voltage regulator.
of the distilled water indicates leak or overcharging.
exploding cases were caused by overcharging or plugged vents.
presence of power indicates loose contacts. Check terminals and body
Sparking during installation
indicates short or reverse polarity.
Stop installation and check connections.
Presence of smoke
inside the cell indicates a shorted cell.
gravity reading indicates high sulfur content in solution. Reduce the
level of solution and add distilled water according to concentration of
Take proper care of the Battery to Insure Maximum
1. Check for cracks or deformation of battery case which could
be the result of:
a]. Excessive tightening of hold-down attachment
b]. Loose hold-down attachment
c]. Buckled battery plates that results to bulging of battery
2. Make sure generator / alternator or voltage regulator of the
vehicle are functioning properly.
3. Keep your battery fully charged but not over-charged.
4. Keep battery cable terminal tight and clean to avoid loose
5. Check electrical circuit for worn cables and busted fuses.
6. Do not let your battery water level go below the top of the
7. Use distilled water when adding water to your battery.
8. Do not over-load or ever-charge your battery.
BOOSTER CABLE OPERATION
What is the proper way to jump
start a car with a discharged battery.
When jump starting, always wear proper eye protection and never lean
over the battery. Do not jump start a damaged battery. Inspect both
batteries before connecting the booster cables. Be sure vents and caps are
tight and level. Place damp cloth over the vent caps of both batteries.
Make sure that the vehicles are not touching and both ignition switches
are turned in the "OFF" position.
a) Connect positive (+) booster cable to positive of discharged battery
b) Connect other end of positive (+) terminal to assisting battery
c) Connect negative (-) cable to negative (-) of assisting battery
d) Make final connection of negative (-) cable to negative (-) terminal or
engine block/frame of stalled vehicle
e) You are now ready to start your stalled vehicle.
f) In removing the cable, remove in reverse order of connection.
HOW TO INSTALL THE CAR BATTERY PROPERLY
Provide protective car fender cover or any safety clothes
to switch off ignition and accessories.
of battery polarity:
Detach negative (grounded) cable from negative post first. Negative post
has green plastic collar, (-) minus marking, smaller size than positive
and lighter in color than positive
Connect positive (starter) cable to the positive post first. Positive
post has red plastic collar, (+) plus marking, bigger size than the
negative and darker color that negative (when wet/used).
negative cable last:
The presence of sparks indicates a short circuit or that the battery was
connected in reverse -- recheck.
worn, frayed cables for effective transfer of battery power.
For 12v use full size cable No.4 gauge. For heavy demand or unusually
long connection, a bigger size should be used.
that the battery is securely mounted.
See to it that the bracket (plastic if possible) is properly torque to
reduce potential damage from vibration or dislocation, especially when
using a bigger battery type. A bracket is recommended if there is none.
Coat external surfaces with mineral grease or petroleum jelly.
surface of battery.
Use of compressor advised.
Avoid hitting terminals when installing or tightening as it may result
in damaged post bushing. Damaged bushings could cause acid to leak that
may corrode holddown brackets, holder and terminals.
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