MAINTENANCE OF BATTERIES Continued
Take care not to get electrolyte or battery corrosion on your cloths or skin. If you do get some
on you, wash it off with lots of water. If you get electrolyte or corrosion in your eyes, rinse your
eyes with lots of water and get to a medic right away.
If you dont have distilled water, use clean rain water. Bottled drinking water is your third
choice, if you dont have anything else. The mineral salts in ground water can destroy your
batteries in no time. Dont keep battery water in a metal container.
Check the electrolyte level more frequently in hot weather.
Remove vent plugs from batteries and check battery electrolyte level. Use a flashlight. Look down into each battery cell.
The electrolyte level should be covering the plates and to the lower edge of the vent. If battery cells are low or dry, add
distilled water. Check that vent holes are clear in caps (plugs) before installation. Install vent plugs on battery cells.
Clean battery. Wipe off battery casing and surrounding metal parts. Use clean dry wiping rag. Check terminals, clamps,
cables, and retainers for corrosion. If wiping rag will not remove dirt, notify unit maintenance.
If the temperature is below -40
C), charge the batteries right after adding water. Charging will mix the water with
the electrolyte and reduce the chance of the batteries freezing.
On M548A3 carriers repeat Steps 1 - 8 for right (passenger) side batteries.
10. Lower the seat and latch it securely.
11. For more information on batteries, see TM 9-6140-200-14.
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