Sunday September 30, 2018
Charge Your Battery
An undercharged battery can cause sulfation, a buildup of sulfate crystals, which will result in a powdery residue on your battery. Extensive lead sulfate can destroy the battery. Sulfation will cause a battery’s run-time, performance and lifespan to noticeably decrease. In advanced stages, the battery can become difficult, or even impossible, to charge or use.
It is important to continue charging the battery all year round. If a battery sits for a long period of time, uncharged, it will lead to a build-up of sulfation on the battery plates.
Check Fluid Levels
The more you ride, the more often you should check the fluid levels. We recommend once every other week.
Maintain the individual cells in the battery filled to the indicated levels using only distilled or deionized water. This type of water has no minerals to interfere with the battery’s function, which allows the battery to function at its best.
Overfilling the battery cells, especially in warmer weather can cause excess electrolytes due to natural fluid expansion.
Clean Your Battery
The terminals and cable connections should be cleaned periodically. Use battery terminal spray, or water and baking soda, on the terminals to prevent corrosion. Clean and tighten the cable connections often, as battery problems are often caused by dirty or loose connections.
If you do not plan on riding for an extended period, disconnect the terminals.
Store Your Battery Properly
To ensure your battery does not freeze, store it in a place that does not dip below 32 degrees on a regular basis. High temperatures can affect a battery too by increasing the self-discharge rate, resulting in a dead battery.
When maintaining your motorcycle battery, always wear protective gloves and glasses in a well-ventilated area.
For more information on motorcycle batteries, visit Universal Power Group at www.upgi.com.