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Old 08-14-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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Cool White acid crust under batteries

08', PDS/TXT, looked under the cart the other day to figure out where the 'ground lights' were going to be connected/positioned, I noticed the battery tray crossbars have white acid build up on them. Is this common? Is this a major concern? Other than baking soda to remove it, anything else I can do for provention??
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: White acid crust under batteries

Depending on how much corrision is accmulated would determine if you should pull the batteries and neutralize everything. I use the spray on neutralizer from Autozone or other stores as well as "Coca Cola" to soak the battery cables. If it were my cart I would pull the batteries and neutralize the rack/ frame and associated components and the batteries. Keep in mind if you do this in your concrete driveway you can expect a very large rust stain so you may want to think out where you are going to do this at.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:32 AM   #3
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... Ok, pulled and cleaned/neutralized.. wondering if a quart of bedliner to roll on the bottom of the basket area would be a preventative barrier from any acid to metal co-habitation...
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: White acid crust under batteries

bedliner or anything like that is better than nothing...I use a coat of spray paint...then after that dries I use a coat of undercoating. The best way to prevent this in the beginning is to make sure your batteries arent overfilled and boiling over down onto the battery box...
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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I'm wondering...........if you didn't want to remove the batteries, could one use compressed air, or even a power washer (as long as you kept it away from the top of the batteries)?
I just usually pour baking soda water down the sides of the batteries and in-between them and let it sit for a little while, and then hose it off. You can get quite a big of gunk out that way.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:34 AM   #6
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Default Re: White acid crust under batteries

Like Camero says the common cause is over filling. Water should cover the plates by 1/4 to 3/8th inch only, this leaves room for expansion and splashing during the heavy bulk and gassing stages of the charge.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #7
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I've noticed a small amount under a few of mine. These are 1-year-old batteries that are still factory full. I haven't added a drop of water to them. Is it possible for them to leak out the vents while riding on rough terrain?
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:08 PM   #8
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Yes it is possible for water to slosh out the vent hole... I tipped one too much on a hand truck and water was immediately flowing out of the caps.
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I'm wondering...........if you didn't want to remove the batteries, could one use compressed air, or even a power washer (as long as you kept it away from the top of the batteries)?
I just usually pour baking soda water down the sides of the batteries and in-between them and let it sit for a little while, and then hose it off. You can get quite a big of gunk out that way.
After neutralization, I flood everything with the garden hose. Getting water on the battery tops won't hurt them a bit. After reading one of scottyb's posts I then turn the leaf blower on to accelerate drying time. Every now and again, I touch up the terminal protector(it flakes off after a few washes) and re-apply dielectric grease to the motor poles.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:59 AM   #10
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Is it wise to disconnect something before using the hose on it?
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