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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:04 pm    Post subject: Van out of storage! Reply with quote

Ready for another summer, well almost.
The battery was on a trickle charger all winter as it was last winter.
measured 12 volts, when I got the van and installed it, it was dead.
2 years old
Napa.
maybe it's time for a new charger.
I hope they pro-rate.

My rebuilt started right up once it was jumped.
there was some oil drips on the cardboard and some coolant.
the oil is from the pump.
Hopefully the coolant was from a loose clamp.

Soon I will install my Tencent oil cooler, change the oil, order and install the new wheels, on and on...

oh yeah, and enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!

Pictures. We'll need lots of pictures.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Van out of storage! Reply with quote

hero419 wrote:
measured 12 volts, when I got the van and installed it, it was dead.
2 years old
Napa.
maybe it's time for a new charger.
I hope they pro-rate.


A stored battery can read 12 v but have little cranking amps left. Better to store battery in a warm place over winter. And they should pro-rate.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'm going to take it back at lunch and find out more...

It was in my basement on a shelf attached to a trickle charger at about 65-70deg all winter.

I wonder if it went dry.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stopped in at NAPA durring my lunch and they tested it. 0 volts.
So they wanted to charge it and load test it.

I couldn't wait, and can't go after work so they said they would meet me in the parking lot at work with the battery in question (not likely) or a replacement.


That's service.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to suggest that it is probably better not to leave a trickle charger on that long as I believe that can work against you. Better to store it fully charged and then check it and recharge fully if needed. Batteries don't do well otherwise.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simba'sWestyWings wrote:
I'd like to suggest that it is probably better not to leave a trickle charger on that long as I believe that can work against you. Better to store it fully charged and then check it and recharge fully if needed. Batteries don't do well otherwise.


True enough. I've overcharged before and it simply begins to boil out the fluids and destroy the volts/amps. For those rigs stored in winter, I simply disconnect the batteries and store them in a warm location. They've always started the rig in the spring, sometimes with a little struggle, but then just drive it out on the highway for about 30 minutes at above 40 mph and you're back in business.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, no trickle charger this winter.

New battery, delivered to work parking lot, pro rated, 22 bucks.

Not bad.

2 year old helped me install it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what kind of trickle charger? This is what you want

http://www.batteryminders.com/batterycharger/catal...16134.html

It will condition and maintain your batter perfectly over the winter. I used a normal trickle charger one winter and it totally overcharged and killed the battery.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JPrato wrote:
what kind of trickle charger? This is what you want

http://www.batteryminders.com/batterycharger/catal...16134.html

It will condition and maintain your batter perfectly over the winter. I used a normal trickle charger one winter and it totally overcharged and killed the battery.


One of unknown quality, probably 15+ years old.
May have been my problem. oy, I have 3 of them.
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