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Old 10-19-2009, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Battery Acid on Garage Floor ... AGAIN !!!

So I added distilled water to all 6 batteries and topped them off (maybe a little too much). I put on the charger overnight and the next morning there was battery acid water all over the floor.

I thought I learned my lesson. A few weeks later I topped off with water outside of the garage and wiped down the battery tops. After running the charger overnight, I walked into the same problem of battery acid water on the floor and now it took off a small layer of concrete. Now I'll probably loose the deposit.

Why is it doing this? I've heard the batteries gurgle during charger, maybe they are bubbling up and overflowing?

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:07 PM   #2
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So I added distilled water to all 6 batteries and topped them off (maybe a little too much). I put on the charger overnight and the next morning there was battery acid water all over the floor.

I thought I learned my lesson. A few weeks later I topped off with water outside of the garage and wiped down the battery tops. After running the charger overnight, I walked into the same problem of battery acid water on the floor and now it took off a small layer of concrete. Now I'll probably loose the deposit.

Why is it doing this? I've heard the batteries gurgle during charger, maybe they are bubbling up and overflowing?

Thanks...
Because you filled them too much. Your only supposed to fill them to just above the plates BEFORE charging. After its fully charged THEN you fill them the rest of the way. This will keep the acid from getting all over everything.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:59 PM   #3
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Because you filled them too much. Your only supposed to fill them to just above the plates BEFORE charging. After its fully charged THEN you fill them the rest of the way. This will keep the acid from getting all over everything.
Roady, I think you might need to clarify what you meant by filling them the rest of the way. By rest of the way do you mean about 1/4" above the plates?
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:04 PM   #4
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Default Re: Battery Acid on Garage Floor ... AGAIN !!!

How old are these batteries? Even properly filled oldies can over boil during charging...

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Old 10-20-2009, 09:58 AM   #5
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Its not the batteries fault. Its a crappy dumb charger.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:55 AM   #6
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Default Re: Battery Acid on Garage Floor ... AGAIN !!!

I bought the cart used about a month ago. The guy said the batteries were replaced in 2006. I'm not sure I believe him. I looked all around the battery case and couldn't find a date stamped. I read on another thread to check the post, which I will do tonight. I noticed that the charger now stops at around 15 (volts?) on the charger. It used to go down to zero.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:08 AM   #7
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When you plug the charger in - how long does it run?

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Old 10-20-2009, 11:53 AM   #8
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generally, I leave it overnight...probably 10 hours
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:43 PM   #9
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Default Re: Battery Acid on Garage Floor ... AGAIN !!!

I fill golf cart batteries to 1/4" above the plates. More than that gets splashed into the vents over bumps and leaks out. That level stays in the batteries, more splahes out.
The 1/4' ABOVE PLATES won't boil over when charging...
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Roady, I think you might need to clarify what you meant by filling them the rest of the way. By rest of the way do you mean about 1/4" above the plates?
Sounds pretty clear...

Fill them to just above the plates before charging, about a 1/4 inch is fine. Then, after fully charging fill them the rest of the way....to the manufacturers full level. Does that help?
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