Is your battery dead? Let us double check it for you; maybe we can revive it.
But to save yourself trouble in the future, please be aware that batteries require monthly maintenance and will not be warranted for lack of maintenance.
Proper battery care is important to the performance and overall life expectancy of your battery. Knowing how to properly maintain, charge and store your battery will keep your battery ready to perform when you need it to.
Create a battery maintenance routine and stay
consistent in checking the following to help extend the life of your battery.
All batteries have a natural tendency to discharge, including power sport batteries. There are a number of reasons why discharge takes place. Some common examples are temperature, parasitic draw, non use and trips that are not long enough to recharge the battery.
A fully automatic, low amp, charger is highly recommended for many reasons such as price, ease of operation and results.
Before beginning the charging operation, read the instructions that come with the charger. Never attempt to charge a battery without first reviewing the instructions for the charger being used. In addition to the charger manufacturer’s instructions, the following general precautions should be followed.
Always charge batteries in a well ventilated area and wear proper eye protection.
Make sure the charger is turned off and/or unplugged before connecting the leads to your battery to avoid dangerous sparks.
Never try to charge a visibly damaged or frozen battery
Make sure the charger leads are securely attached to battery terminals
Keep all sparks, flames, and cigarettes away from charging area.
Many power sport enthusiasts are forced to store their ride during part of the year due to different seasons. What ever your storage situation, proper battery storage can be the difference between a quick start next season or replacing your battery.
The ultimate goal when storing your battery, weather you leave it in your ride or you remove it, is to keep the battery fully charged. When your battery becomes discharged it could fall victim to one of two things, sulfating or freezing. Either will likely result in battery replacement.
All power sport batteries experience some level of sulfating.
Starts when batteries begin to discharge
Occurs when sulfur in the electrolyte forms crystals that attach to the lead plates and then act as “insulation” keeping the battery from accepting a charge.
The more your battery becomes discharged, the more the battery’s electrolyte becomes water – The acid absorbs into the lead plates
Discharged batteries will begin freezing at temperatures of 0°C
Can result in a cracked case or buckled plates
If sides of the battery are bulging the battery froze and permanent damage has occurred.
If possible, remove the battery, keep it stored above 0°C and connect a low amp automatic charger.