[DML] Re:Is this a possible way to store your Battery long term Re: Batt
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[DML] Re:Is this a possible way to store your Battery long term Re: Batteries(lo

If you look all the way inside towards the top there is a molded
rubber hose that dumps inside the right rear wheel well. Not very well
ventilated but it is something. Hydrogen gas rises so it makes some
sense to ventilate from the top. What I did was I hooked a hose to the
battery and stuck it into the rubber hose in the back so the battery
is directly connected to the outside. Lead/acid batteries don't gas
much except when being charged and especially if they are being
overcharged or charged at an excessive rate. In fact if a battery is
hot or gassing too much it usually means the regulator in the
alternator has failed. Lead/acid batteries should never be any more
than warm to the touch. Higher than that and they get damaged.
Overgassing, especially with the maintanece-free batteries is usually
death to them, many have no provision to replace the electrolyte. In
the "old days" we could test batteries with a hydrometer and we could
measure each cell with a voltmeter. Today we can only load test them.
Back then if you had a bad cell the battery shop could remove it and
replace it with a new one. Now it is only done on large industrial
batteries like the ones in electric fork trucks.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Soma576@... wrote:
> Hi David,
> How exactly is the battery in the D ventilated?  I know you are
correct but I don't remember seeing any means of ventilation any time
I have been in there.  
> Does the gas rise or fall in normal atmospheric conditions? This is
important to know if one were to modify the battery compartment so it
can ventilate. 
> Andy

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