7 Useful Tips To Take Care Of An ATV Battery
Any device that is operated with the help of a battery needs a battery which is in perfect shape and form. If your battery is dead or is faulty, you cannot get it started. And when you cannot get your ATV started, it can ruin plenty of plans.
But you don't have to worry. If you take proper care of your battery and follow some rules for maintenance, you will most likely never have to face issues like having a dead battery right before you were going to hit the trail.
To ensure your battery doesn't die on you, you need to take plenty of good care of it. You cannot simply neglect your battery for days and then expect everything to be peaches. Here are a few things you ought to do to ensure your battery is in perfect condition.
Taking care of An ATV battery
1. Preventing Sulfation
If the ATV battery has been sitting out for quite some time, the process of sulfation will start. As a direct result of sulfation, the run-time, life & performance of your ATV’s battery will decrease quite a lot. In some cases, it becomes impossible and very difficult to get your ATV started! Make sure there is no sulfation inside your battery. If your battery is continuously being discharged, or the levels of electrolyte in your battery are continuously low, sulfation takes place. Electrolyte levels need to be maintained and the battery needs to be optimally charged to ensure that no sulfation occurs.
2. Getting an automatic battery charger
Automatic battery chargers keep the battery charged at all times. They provide a battery with a steady amount of current which doesn't let sulfation take place. If there are some sulfates already present on the battery plates, an automatic battery charger can help with that as well. They are automatic and don’t require human surveillance all the time. They can be left plugged in without any fear of damage to the battery or the chargers themselves. Regularly charge your battery to ensure that it doesn’t die out on you at moments of need.
3. Checking the Electrolyte Level
If you are using a conventional wet battery, there is going to be electrolyte in it. It is pretty important that the level of electrolytes remain perfect for the battery to function properly. You should keep adding distilled water as the need be. However, you are not supposed to add acid into the battery.
If you need to add some amount of distilled water, make sure you do that regularly. You can also use battery maintainers if you cannot constantly keep a check on your batteries. Battery maintainers keep a check on the water level inside your ATV's battery. They are used on wet cell batteries mainly and make sure that the water level in your battery doesn't fall a certain limit. To make sure that the terminals on your battery don’t corrode, it is advised that you get corrosion preventatives to protect the battery.
Once you have added the distilled water, let the battery charge for some time. This is done to ensure that the electrolyte & the distilled water mix thoroughly.
4. Checking the Voltage Level
If your battery is “maintenance-free”, then rather than checking the electrolyte level, you need to check the voltage level. The voltage level of a battery needs to be checked once every three months. You can do this with the help of a voltmeter. While checking the Voltage level, make sure that the battery caps are not loose. Charge the battery completely, and then check with the voltmeter. Compare the readings from the voltmeter with the voltage rating of the battery.
5. Cleaning the battery
You need to clean your battery regular to prevent a buildup of dirt, grease, and dust. Clean the surface of your battery with the help of a soft-bristled brush. To remove the grease stains which are present on the frame of your battery use baking soda. To clean the clamps & the terminals of the battery, use a wired brush so that all the rust can be removed easily. Make sure that none of the cleaning agents get inside the cells themselves. Grease or other waste can clog up the exhaust tube of the battery. You should remove the grease & waste inside it to ensure it is working properly. The exhaust tube of the ATV needs to be cleaned as well.
6. Checking the battery connections
Check the battery clamps, case & cables to make sure that they are damaged. If the case is cracked, it may lead to overheating or overcharging. If your battery clamps are corroded, it will cause hindrance in battery operations. If the cables are broken, a proper connection will not be formed between the battery and cables, thus the battery won't give charge or get charged properly.
7. Storing the battery properly
But at times you need to keep your ATV in storage. And there are times when you cannot constantly be out on your ATV. Thus it becomes a necessary evil that the battery will be inactive for some time. This period of inactivity doesn’t bode well with ATVs though.
If you are not going to use your ATV’s battery for some time, then you need to store the battery properly. Disconnect the battery from the ATV so that all the charge inside it would get drained. However, you still need to charge your battery once in two weeks.
If you are going to store your ATV battery, you need to make sure that you are not keeping it at highly low temperature. If you store your battery at temperatures which are below freezing, your battery is going to crack. A battery maintainer would help in this case as well. It will keep the fluid inside the battery moving, thus ensuring that the battery doesn’t freeze. But this isn’t a permanent solution.
Make sure you don’t keep the battery in a very hot place either. Check the temperature at which your battery can be stored safely, and try to maintain that within the storage areas.