A trickle charger is used to constantly charge a car battery at the same rate at which the battery self-dissipates its charge. A trickle charger is used by connecting the positive cable of the charger to the positive end of the battery and connecting the negative cable to an available ground source.Know More
Prior to setting up the battery for charging, find a suitable place to leave the car during the charging period. The place selected should be properly ventilated and free of rain.
Each battery dissipates its charge at a fixed rate, depending on the battery's specifications. Find the appropriate voltage and amperage of the battery from the manual for that particular type of battery, and set the values accordingly in the trickle charger by adjusting the switches.
Trickle chargers usually have a black and a red cable, and the red cable is typically the positive cable. Attach this positive cable to the positive end of the battery through the clip at the end of the cable.
The negative cable of the charger must be connected to an appropriate ground source. Ideally, the engine block or any bolt attached to the car's chassis is a suitable option for this purpose. Under no condition should the negative cable be attached to the battery because it could lead to an explosion.
After setting the voltage and amperage on the charger and attaching the cables to the appropriate positions, turn on the charger by plugging it into a power source and switching it on.
When a car battery is overcharged, the most common effect is the battery rapidly dying, however, a battery that swells and becomes hot to the touch is also a direct result of overcharging. When the battery swells, sulfuric acid can leak from the battery. This is potentially harmful when it comes in contact with the skin and should be avoided if at all possible and if not, needs to be washed off the skin immediately.Full Answer >
To safely remove a car battery, ensure the ignition is off, carefully disconnect the negative and positive terminal cables, unscrew the mechanism holding the battery to the car and remove the battery. Watch for acid leaks and remove any jewelry from hands and fingers before starting the procedure.Full Answer >
The normal life expectancy of a car battery is typically estimated at four years when it operates under normal conditions. This means that the battery does not operate under extreme temperatures, is submitted to a full charge cycle and is not used to power excessive accessories.Full Answer >
To jump start a car battery, expose the dead and working batteries, connect them with jump leads, start the working car, wait one minute, start the other car, wait several minutes, and unlink the batteries. This 45-minute procedure requires jump cables and a car with a working battery.Full Answer >