Extending lead-acid battery life + MORE Recent Trucking News Apr 22nd

When I was at home last time, I took my battery covers off and cleaned all the terminal connections. They had become corroded with all the Winter salt and were not charging correctly. It is a good idea to clean these connections a couple times a year and your batteries will last longer as they are all accepting a charge going down the road. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself then by all means have a service tech go through them all and clean them.

I used a wire brush designed to clean the terminals and the connectors. You can buy these at any auto parts store. I also made a mixture of baking soda and water to pour over the area to neutralize the acids leftovers and keep it cleaner.  Keep a diagram of your connections or make one before you take them apart so you are not broke down from a lack of proper connections. They also make an electrical grease that you can treat the connections with to keep the corrosion down to a minimum which helps a lot.

Extending lead-acid battery life

– fleetowner.com

The conundrum traditional lead-acid batteries face in trucking is that the long operating hours coupled with harsh conditions – extreme heat and cold, supporting hotel loads, etc. – can wear them out before their time.Trucks at Work
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