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Old 06-04-2008, 09:08 PM   #15
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Sander17...I hope you had your 'tongue in cheek' when you mentioned 'flush them out with water...'

That's a big NO-NO...I've been in the Battery Biz for many years...one does not flush out batteries any more! What would you do with the old fluid that's flushed out? It's acidic and laced with particles of lead sulfate from the battery plates...we don't need any more of that bad stuff in our drain water! Dumping it in your back yard only means it will eventually get back into our water supply...NO, NO, NO...don't do it!

Second, flushing really doesn't work at all...if a cell is shorted, that means a separater between places have been torn or pierced, and flushing won't do a thing about that damage!

If your old battery has some 'bulging' on the ends, and it's hard as a rock when you tap it there, the sulfate has built up on the plates and the internal capacity has been reduced to a point where it can't provide usable service...time to replace!

Lead-acid batteries have been recycled for as long as they have been in use...long before alum cans...turn in your old battery so it can be recycled completely...the plastic is reused for new cases, and the lead is re-refined to be made into new battery plates.

I've said this before, but it you want the 'straight scoop' on any of your battery problems or installations, seek out a 'Battery Specialist' shop in your local phone book...they are the experts and will steer you in the right direction. The big box stores don't know diddly about batteries or battery systems, they'll tell you anything to get you to buy something. A battery specialist will suggest a solution to your problems...then it's up to you to care for you batteries properly to assure the best service and long life.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:26 AM   #16
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Sander17...I hope you had your 'tongue in cheek' when you mentioned 'flush them out with water...'

Dumping it in your back yard only means it will eventually get back into our water supply...NO, NO, NO...don't do it!
Of course you don't do it in YOUR back yard! You know that neighbor that lets his dog do his bizness in your front yard?.......
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:43 AM   #17
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I ran across this article on the internet when I was researching the electrical system. It's a great article...Hope it's useful.


The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:59 AM   #18
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Once you cook 'em they are pretty much toast. I let mine totally discharge once and the life went down considerably.

Also, the Safari only had an LP/Electric option that I am aware of. Running the fridge does take 12v for the CPU and the ignition, but it's such a minimal draw......
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New folks remember battery maintenance!

Tom, that is a great article, thank you for posting it.

The replies to my question really should be part of a maintenance thread, mods, what do you think? Would a maintenance category be worthwhile?

I thank everyone for for the thoughtful and always entertaining answers.

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:46 AM   #20
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Smile Hi All,

I would call this maintenance area P.M. and that does not mean postmortem. It would mean preventative maintenance or P.M. for short.
Same thing happen to me once on my batteries since then I check the battery water every month. Also cary 1 gallon of distilled water with me.
Regards from Russell in sunny and hot Tucson Az.
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The replies to my question really should be part of a maintenance thread, mods, what do you think? Would a maintenance category be worthwhile?
A maintenance thread would be as easy as starting a new thread, and limiting the posts to actual maintenance tips. Since you thought of it, you can have the honor of starting the thread, maybe title it "Battery Maintenance 101"...
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