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Re: Is my battery pooched? Kinda think it is....

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steve n carol

02-20-2013 20:04:25

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Okay.... i did this... it works!!!
in my CASE 450 was a huge CAT battery, it pooped out 3 years ago. At the same time I had a ford skip loader with another BIG battery, (read $$). Ir pooped out too. Both batteries sat in freezing weather for 2 years. I still don't know why both tractors had such BIG batteries???? one is a 3 cyl diesel, and the CASE is 4 cyl diesel. i had an old Sears battery I used to swap back and forth as needed.... I also had bought a generator/welder, that had a small12v battery, A two year battery. It pooped out a year ago.
8 months ago, I used a Turkey baster and removed as much electrolyte as I could to that I dumped in almost 2 pint sized cartons of Epson salts, and stirred it until it was all dissolved, it took 3 days and I had to add some distilled water too.
I topped up all three batteries w/the mixture, Charged all three. All of them sat on the Garage floor for 3 months after that.
The CAT was only holding about 10+ volts. it tested a bad cell.
The Ford tractor Battery was 12 + volts, as was the 2 year welder battery. I loaded up the Ford and welder batteries and took them up to my equipment and placed them both in service. I have gone up there 4-5 times since then and they are holding fine despite the freezing temps :-)

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02-21-2013 05:48:36

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 Re: Is my battery pooched? Kinda think it is.... in reply to steve n carol, 02-20-2013 20:04:25  
I read about that on the internet but wasn"t sure if it was an urban myth or something...well in this case a country myth lol. I"ll have to try it on this dead battery.

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