As your lead-acid battery ages, there may be a necessity to repair it for the purpose to gain full functionality. Restoring is quite good idea of getting your battery to work as a fresh one. And while you can bring the battery to an automotive shop for reconditioning, it may be more beneficial to just do the reconditioning yourself. Following is a reconditioning battery guide to help you get started.
Prepare the following items: battery hydrometer, battery load tester, voltage tester, Epsom salts, plastic funnel, screwdriver, gloves and glasses.
Clean the battery posts fromall the sides of the battery by using a peculiar solution.
Examine the battery’s voltage with the help of the voltage meter. If the reading is lower than 12 volts, you’ll have to check the personal battery cells. In order to do this, pry the battery caps open using a screwdriver and then put some lead wires onto your volt meter. Be certain that you do not hook the volt meter’s leads directly to the battery cells as it may get damaged by the acid content. Place the meter’s positive lead on to the battery’s positive post and do the same with the negative one and then take a reading. Next, place the positive lead of the meter on the first cell and its negative lead on the second cell and perform one more reading. Continue the pattern untilyour reading is not complete. If ever you get a reading of lower than two volts, then it implies that it might be a bad cell that needs replacing.
After testing the voltage with the help of voltage meter, you’ll have to run a battery load check. To perform that, put the load tester’s leads to the battery and then perform a reading (Be sure to hook the positive lead before the negative lead). Your load tester must show a minimum of 12 volts.
Next, you’ll need to perform a hydrometer check. Attach the hydrometer’s end to the first battery cell. To start, press the top part of the hydrometer and then let go. You have to notice that the range of the fluid should stay inside the green area or just below it and the thing in the glass tube has to float. If the fluid comes through the green spot, then the battery will require recharging. On the other hand, if it does not achieve the green spot, the battery is still in good state. Keep on the process on every of the battery’s cells.
Finally, you are ready to annex the Epsom salts to the battery. Take the plastic funnel and put it over the needed battery cells. Pour a tablespoon of Epsom salts into every cell and then load the battery for about 24 hours.