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Old 04-23-2005, 20:01   #1 (permalink)
rex
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Battery maintenance

2001 XLT 4WD My battery is staring at me with a red "eye". I'm sure it
should be blue. I am assuming it needs water, but I thought I had a
"mainteneance free" battery. Its the original, and I cannot get to the
cells to add water (if possible)without disconnecting both battery
cables and removing a plastic cover of sorts. Can someone clarify this
situation for me? I would appreciate it. Thanks

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Old 04-23-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: Battery maintenance

The eye on the battery is there for predelivery purposes only. In reality.
it is simply two coloured balls that migrate up and down in an angled
tube.... once the battery has been in service for a while, the tube can
gather debris trapping the balls immobile. It is first a poor mans
hydrometer and second, only measures one cell.

It may, in fact require the addition of distilled water though this will
usually buy you a years use at best. New batteries are genrally of such
light construction that they can't handle much abuse. Before we have the
nay-sayers, yes, I have had batteries that have lasted for a long, log time
but usually opt to replace them before they leave me stranded. I have little
patience for broken machinery and even less free time to deal with the
results... I much prefer to replace or repair at MY liesure than when my car
demands it....

Sorry to digress.... what I meant was that the eye is a poor way to judge
the batteries condition.

"rex" <lrnalot@aol.com> wrote in message
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> 2001 XLT 4WD My battery is staring at me with a red "eye". I'm sure it
> should be blue. I am assuming it needs water, but I thought I had a
> "mainteneance free" battery. Its the original, and I cannot get to the
> cells to add water (if possible)without disconnecting both battery
> cables and removing a plastic cover of sorts. Can someone clarify this
> situation for me? I would appreciate it. Thanks
>



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Old 04-24-2005, 00:01   #3 (permalink)
To Arms!!
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Re: Battery maintenance


"rex" <lrnalot@aol.com> wrote in message
news:1114310036.661818.271020@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> 2001 XLT 4WD My battery is staring at me with a red "eye". I'm sure
> it
> should be blue. I am assuming it needs water, but I thought I had a
> "mainteneance free" battery. Its the original, and I cannot get to
> the
> cells to add water (if possible)without disconnecting both battery
> cables and removing a plastic cover of sorts. Can someone clarify
> this
> situation for me? I would appreciate it. Thanks
>


I service my battery twice a year - in the fall and in the spirng. I
disconnect the battery cables and remove the battery cover and top off
the cells with distilled water (about 1/2" from the top of the cell).
I then clean off my battery post and cables with a wire battery post
cleaner. At the first sign of the battery slow cranking the starter,
I replace the battery. I usually get 4-5 years out of my battery.



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Old 04-24-2005, 09:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Battery maintenance

I do none of that, and my batteries last about 4-5 years. I replaced
the last one with no signs of going bad at about 8 years.

To Arms!! wrote:
> I service my battery twice a year - in the fall and in the spirng. I
> disconnect the battery cables and remove the battery cover and top off
> the cells with distilled water (about 1/2" from the top of the cell).
> I then clean off my battery post and cables with a wire battery post
> cleaner. At the first sign of the battery slow cranking the starter,
> I replace the battery. I usually get 4-5 years out of my battery.

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Old 04-24-2005, 14:03   #5 (permalink)
Alan Moorman@visi.com
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Re: Battery maintenance

On Sun, 24 Apr 2005 01:00:21 -0500, "To Arms!!"
<toarms_removespam@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
>"rex" <lrnalot@aol.com> wrote in message
>news:1114310036.661818.271020@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
>> 2001 XLT 4WD My battery is staring at me with a red "eye". I'm sure
>> it
>> should be blue. I am assuming it needs water, but I thought I had a
>> "mainteneance free" battery. Its the original, and I cannot get to
>> the
>> cells to add water (if possible)without disconnecting both battery
>> cables and removing a plastic cover of sorts. Can someone clarify
>> this
>> situation for me? I would appreciate it. Thanks
>>

>
>I service my battery twice a year - in the fall and in the spirng. I
>disconnect the battery cables and remove the battery cover and top off
>the cells with distilled water (about 1/2" from the top of the cell).
>I then clean off my battery post and cables with a wire battery post
>cleaner. At the first sign of the battery slow cranking the starter,
>I replace the battery. I usually get 4-5 years out of my battery.
>
>
>

I never touch my battery and I get over 5 years per.





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Old 04-24-2005, 23:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Battery maintenance

I have to agree with Jim (and yes this is a little OT). Any more, when my
batteries get to the end of their projected life, usually 4-6 years, I start
looking for sales and pick up a replacement when it's convenient, as opposed
to scrounging around and paying the going rate when it dies unexpectedly.
This is based on too much personal experience, after which I finally
realized that delaying the $60 expenditure and trying to get another 6
months out of a battery wasn't worth the headache of getting stranded or
delayed when it finally gives up the ghost, usually without warning. I've
seen almost as many batteries die during summer heat as of winter cold,
usually of an internal short caused by mechanical failure. No warning, just
a small pop when you turn the key to start. Have even seen where there's
enough left in it to run the headlights, but the higher current of the
starter is just too much for it to handle. YMMV.

Steve


"rex" <lrnalot@aol.com> wrote in message
news:1114310036.661818.271020@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> 2001 XLT 4WD My battery is staring at me with a red "eye". I'm sure it
> should be blue. I am assuming it needs water, but I thought I had a
> "mainteneance free" battery. Its the original, and I cannot get to the
> cells to add water (if possible)without disconnecting both battery
> cables and removing a plastic cover of sorts. Can someone clarify this
> situation for me? I would appreciate it. Thanks
>



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