|Fig.1 Ford F150 Truck|
Tools and Supplies:
Acid or Chemical gloves
Anti-corrosion discs (heavy with petroleum jelly)
Chip brush (inexpensive brush)
Clean shop rags or shop paper towels
Pry-bar or Flat tipped screwdriver
Mrs. H home is located in Hollywood, California. Today, She called about working on her stranded Ford F150 truck. This is a simple job of cleaning up the battery and getting her truck back home. This post can be used on any battery. Most car batteries are maintenance free. But that does not mean there no maintenance to the battery. This post can be applied to any battery in a truck or an automobile.
This post shows the eight steps to fill each battery cell with distilled water.
Step 1: At this point both terminal and post are clean, put away the baking soda. This needs to be done because if the baking soda falls into the acid holes it may destroy the battery. It will definitely kill the cell the baking soda goes into. Then the battery is gone and it is time for a new battery.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the pry-bar was used to remove battery caps/vents. Battery covers a placed on the battery very tight to prevent any sulfuric acid from leaking out.
|Fig.2 Prying acid cover|
Step 3: Fig.3 shows that the battery if it needs it should use distilled water. Regular tap water had impurities that will damage the battery. If distilled water is unavailable use bottle drinking water.
|Fig.3 Distilled water|
|Fig.4 Dry the battery|
|Fig.5 Acid cover|
|Fig.6 Open-end |
wrench 5/16 (8 mm)
|Fig.7 Terminal Post|
|Fig.8 Battery Clamp both sides|
Tip: A box end screwdriver can make this job easier
|Fig.9 Battery |
How to Service a Ford F150 Truck Battery Terminals:
- Part 1 of 2 - Terminals Cleaning
- Part 2 of 2 - Distilled Water
Excellent article click below:
- How to Remove Car Battery Terminal. An excellent article with very good pictures
- How to Disconnect a Car Battery. An excellent article on how to safely remove a battery
- Mr. Magic Car Wash - Battery Tips and Tricks September 5, 2012
- Cold Weather Car Battery Tips and Tricks
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