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Diesel Generator Lead Acid Batteries General Precautions SECTION 5 - MAINTENANCE PART 1

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SECTION 5 - MAINTENANCE PART 1


5  Maintenance

Note: Maintenance-free batteries are sealed and do not require the addition of electrolyte. Some manufacturers of maintenance-free batteries provide an ‘eye’ or some visible means of telling when the battery is discharged or approaching the end of its useful life.

          Batteries require attention at all times, even when not working. A battery will not last if it is neglected. Maintenance is carried out as follows:


5.1  General

Keep the battery, and the battery area, clean and dry. Ensure that the vent caps are securely screwed down, or pushed home.

To avoid contamination of the battery, only clean it when the vent plugs are in place.

Keep the battery terminals and connections free from corrosion by lightly coating them with petroleum jelly.

Check the condition of the starting batteries (see Figure 6-1) every month or 100 hours whichever occurs first.

WARNING: THOROUGHLY VENTILATE BATTERY AREA BEFORE WORKING ON THE BATTERY.

IGNITION OF EXPLOSIVE BATTERY GASES CAN CAUSE SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY. DO NOT SMOKE WHILE SERVICING BATTERIES, OR CAUSE SPARKS OR ARCING THAT MAY IGNITE BATTERY GASES.

Caution:Always disconnect a battery  charger  from  its  AC  source  before  disconnecting the battery leads. Failure to do so can result in voltage spikes high enough to damage the DC control circuits of the generator set.

WARNING: TO PREVENT DANGEROUS ARCING, ALWAYS DISCONNECT THE  NEGATIVE (-) GROUND CABLE FROM THE BATTERY BEFORE WORKING ON ANY PARTS OF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OR THE ENGINE. DISCHARGE STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM BODY BEFORE TOUCHING BATTERIES, BY FIRST TOUCHING A GROUNDED METAL SURFACE.


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