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The battery the water or acid in side looks dirty or when i put the charger it stars boiling right away

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Hello, It sounds like you have a battery with sulfated cell(s). You need to replace that battery. Thank you

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I have a 4"x6" pilar candle never worked right.Put in new batteries each week. "Old" ones covered with flakes of battery acid. Cleaned contacts with vinegar -no help. Any ideas? Thanks

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vinegar is an acid and acid will not neutralize acid so it will come back when dry
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Tried to recharge battery on 2002 Pontiac Bonneville which had been taken out due to water somehow getting in the battery holder under the seat. Battery won't charge and every time driver's door is opened...

have the battery load tested for a internal fault . I suspect a broken bridge between cell plates.. The water in the battery may have been acid from a cracked case so be very careful when cleaning it out. put some baking soda in to the liquid and if it fizzes up straight away then it is acid and the whole container will have to be neutralised and treated or it will not be there in 6 months time.

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Hp 620 went dead not charging or going on

Remove Battery Cables From Battery,
Clean Posts On Battery ,Use A Sand Paper To Clean Them Up ,
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Can I just fill a car battery with battery acid or do I have to add water too?

Under normal operating conditions you should not need to add any acid at all. If the battery still has a charge then you should be only using distilled or deionized water. This should be added back up to the levels indicated.
If you must add electrolyte (for example the battery has tipped and the fluid loss is substantial) you should go to auto parts store to purchase proper electrolytic solution. Of course if you have some and you want to top off the battery thee is no harm in it. The battery should never have been empty in any case and after adding fluid an equilization charge should be given (This is an increased voltage charge,usually 14.4 volts, for about 15 minutes reverting to 13.6volts which is an average chargers rating. A smart charger usually has a setting on it for conditioning or similar that does the same thing. Regardless the battery should be charged even if in the vehicle running for a while it should be done right away for a little while to ensure chemical leveling.

Hope any of that rambling helps..

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How To Clean Battery Terminals With Coke

Best way is boiling water straight from the jug, You can make up a bi carb & water solution to nutralise acid on battry. If to dirty for this the terminals should be removed from the posts & cleaned properly (sand paper or a battry post / terminal cleaner is even better but make sure you have your radio code if you have coded radio. Refit terminals & spray with battry terminal treatment spray.

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Charging battery and I do not know, if it needs to be vented or is it a seal top?

Hi there,

If the battery looks like it has caps or covers on top (either screw on, or clip on) which can be removed, then:

1) remove all caps
2) check the internal battery acid (fluid) inside is just above the plates (if not, add just enough "pre-boiled" water - which has cooled - in each compartment to cover the plates).
3) get a damp rag and place over the battery openings (to prevent any flammable gases from escaping).
4) start charging battery

DANGER: never touch any acid from the battery

If no caps or covers are present, then it is a sealed unit - charge the battery as normal.

If there is crusty sulphur type powder present on the battery terminals or battery leads, boiling water will safely remove this residue.

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If the battery acid is drain what is wrong?

not to sure by your description the exact issue that you are having with your battery so I will cover both problems that it could be.
if your battery is ' draining ', as in you can see fluid running out the vent hose and onto the ground then is sounds like your alternator is over charging your battery and boiling out the acid,, ( or if you are charging the battery ( on the bench ) using a battery charger and it is drain acid out then the battery charger is over charging the battery.
NOW if your batteries acid level is just going down on its own - then the problem is the battery itself,, you have a bad cell or two in the battery and the battery should be replaced with a new one. ( most batteries have a life of 5 years max ) and most fail in 4 years. if you have any concerns about the battery - you can always drop it off at a battery shop and they can charge and load test the battery to see if it is still good ( for free ).


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Car won't start after battery was cleaned.

what do mean the battery was cleaned ? was the fluids inside removed ?

or was the terminals (where the cables connect) cleaned due to some whitish build up ?

If the fluids inside were cleaned you can try (and this will probably not work). remove the battery from the car.

open the battery (the caps where the water goes in). remove the fluid inside (be careful it may be sulfuric acid) then rinse out the battery a couple of times with hot water.

leave battery in sun with caps off to dry out completely.

fill the battery with battery acid.

Put the battery on a trickle battery charger for 24 hours or until charger indicates full charge.

Reinsert into car and connect the terminals.

See if it worked.

If it didnt -> replace the battery

If the terminal were simply cleaned, lossen the terminals with the correct spanner, pour some hot water over the terminals to wash away any residues, then while the terminal are still wet fasten the terminals once again.

Remember that should the fluid inside your battery gets low (should be checked regularly) fill it with battery water (distilled water) only.

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How can i revive a faulty car battery

Most time's you can not revive them. But the best way to check if it can is. Remove all the caps and put in on a charger. With the charger turned on check if the acid in any of the cell's bubble's. If any of them does then it has a faulty cell and cannot be revived. If it just got run down completely and let sit for a while without charge this causes the acid to return to distilled water. To bring it back to acid it must be put on a very slow charge for 24 hours. You will need a special charger for this because most small charger's won't go low enough they will charge up the battery to fast and the distilled water wont hold the charge. I bought a slow charger it was for a motorbike battery it was'nt expensive but it burned out charging the first battery. Charger was only a bit cheaper than a battery so ever since when I have a problem I just buy a new one. Sorry this not what you wanted to hear and is only my experience and oppinion. Cheers

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If the needle on your gauge 'move as if the alternator is cycling on and off.' you should have your charging system checked. Also, if the battery 'boiled over' you should get a box of baking soda, make a gooey mix w/ water and pour it all around the battery. This will neutralize the acid, which will corrode everything it comes in contact with. After the foaming stops when u treat the area w/ the mix, flush with clean water. countrycurt0

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