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post #1 of 11 Old Jan 3rd, 2005, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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should I fill up this battery?

This battery has 2 large caps on top, each cap covers 3 holes.

I took a close look at it today and there are no instructions on the battery and no fill lines.

What should I fill the battery with?

and also

How much should it be filled?

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post #2 of 11 Old Jan 3rd, 2005, 04:38 PM
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If the battery is old (4+ years) consider replacing it with a good brand (Optima is a great brand but a bit expensive. Interstate is also a good brand).
If it is not too old (1-2 years old) you can add distilled water to the holes that are empty or nearly empty. Do not overfill to the point where the water will spill out but if you do make sure that you clean up the mess (there is sulfuric acid in there).
Verify that the the caps are snug and tight after refilling and that the whole battery and the battery surroundings are clean and dry.
It might also be a good idea to wear protective gear such as gloves and safety glasses....(just in case).

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This battery has 2 large caps on top, each cap covers 3 holes.

I took a close look at it today and there are no instructions on the battery and no fill lines.

What should I fill the battery with?

and also

How much should it be filled?

thanks,
veesix
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post #3 of 11 Old Jan 3rd, 2005, 04:49 PM
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This battery has 2 large caps on top, each cap covers 3 holes.

I took a close look at it today and there are no instructions on the battery and no fill lines.

What should I fill the battery with?

and also

How much should it be filled?

thanks,
veesix
Make sure you cover the cells (ribbed-looking things). In many batteries, there is a plastic plate with a hole through it inside the battery. You can see the plates through the hole. Fill to the plate.

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[QUOTE=veesix]This battery has 2 large caps on top, each cap covers 3 holes.

I took a close look at it today and there are no instructions on the battery and no fill lines.

What should I fill the battery with?
They say distilled water is best to fill it up with, but I use tap water without problems.

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post #5 of 11 Old Jan 4th, 2005, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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I want to thank you guys for the help.

I am sure that this battery is on the older side, and it was probably salvaged from a older car, by my father, just before it took a "wrecker ride" to the junk yard.

How about I split the difference between adding tap water or distilled water, and add some Brita (charcoal filtered drinking water).

I have a liter all set to go, and I will let you know how it goes.

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Well, I added about 500mls of the Brita water and the truck started with no problem. Yesterday the thing was struggling just to turn over. The truck was standing idle for 11 days while I was on vacation, but after driving around town and back, the truck was hardly turning over.

Glad I live in walking distance of a NAPA.

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I recently had to add water to my battery. I had some distilled water left over from the water pump replacement. I think distilled water is only about 98 cents a gallon. And yes, the car that has been laboring to start on cold mornings is cranking over fine now. The battery is 5 years old. Napa Legend 75. Not what I would have chosen but thats what the body shop put in after I crushed the Interstate (along with the entire right front of the truck)

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Well the fix seemed to work fine, but only for a day.

It started right up this morning and I let it idle for about 30min. and see if this ran the battery down.

Sure enough, it would not turn over, and failed to start for the first time.

NAPA is just a few blocks away, so I will head over and, because the battery in there is as old as the hills, I will pick up a new NAPA 75.

Should I do this? or should I get a jump and roll over to Sears Automotive in the morning(for a diagnostic)?

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I really don't think you can go wrong with a Die hard, Napa Gold or a Interstate. Closer would be better due to warranty concerns. I had a trick when buying Walmart batteries. They lasted 12-13 months tops in the AZ heat. So... When they are 11 months old, cross the terminals (big flash) to weld the plates together. Then return it under the 12 month free replacement. I have not to do this in the last 10 years. I am not quite so broke. Their batteries may be better now. I was tired of all thier batteries failing right after the warranty expired. The pro rated warranty wasn't worth much.

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It started right up this morning and I let it idle for about 30min. and see if this ran the battery down.

Sure enough, it would not turn over, and failed to start for the first time.

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veesix[/QUOTE]

I'd get a Die Hard or Interstate battery. They must be good as they are advertised on Nascar stock cars. I've had a Die Hard for 4 years and no problems. Get one with high cold cranking amps... 600 or more.

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post #11 of 11 Old Jan 6th, 2005, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Npath, I just picked up a battery at NAPA. I might have shoped around a bit more but we are having a snow storm today, and NAPA is just around the corner.

I bought the Legend 75. It has 675 cold crank amps. and it was just 59.99

That is the good news.

The bad news is that the truck still won't turn over.

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