First of all lets start out with some safety precautions. Safety glasses must be worn when working with lead acid batteries. Lead acid batteries contain sulfuric acid which can burn skin and eyes, please use caution when working with lead acid batteries. If you get acid on your skin, wash it off at once! If you get it in your eyes, flush it out and call a doctor.
FluidCharge can be used on any flooded lead acid battery. The average battery can be reconditioned 3-5 times. FluidCharge will not work on AGM batteries or gel cell batteries.
This procedure can be done on any lead acid battery. The success rate is about 95%. Some batteries have internal plates that are so badly decayed that FluidCharge will not work. The average battery can be reconditioned 3-5 times.
Here is what you will need to get started:
1.) The package of FluidCharge dry mix chemical.
2.) One gallon of DISTILLED water. (Can be purchased at any grocery store)
Here is the procedure:
1. Heat 36 ounces of distilled water on the stove top to about 150F. Pour the FluidCharge dry mix chemical into the hot water and stir until it is FULLY dissolved.
2. Remove the caps from the top of the battery and remove some of the electrolyte down to the top of the plates in the battery. (See below for the procedure on batteries without caps) This can be accomplished by using a turkey baster with a hose attached to the end of it. (The auto parts store also sells a tool to remove the fluid from the battery, but a turkey baster with a hose on the end of it works well and is a lot cheaper). Set aside the electrolyte that you removed from the battery in a separate container.
3. For six volt batteries, add Pour 2.0 oz of the solution that you made into each cell. For eight volt batteries, add 1.5 ounces to each cell. For twelve volt batteries, add 1.0 ounces to each cell. If the level of the electrolyte is not above the plates in the battery after adding the solution, top each cell off with the electrolyte that you removed in step two. If more fluid is required, use the distilled water that you have left over..
4. Agitate the battery to mix the solution with the fluid in the battery by GENTLY rocking the battery back and forth. If the batteries are still in the vehicle, drive it around the block to allow the solution to mix in the battery. It will be helpful to drive the cart on rough terrain to agitate the batteries and help knock the sulfate off of the plates.
5. Charge the battery at a low amperage for at least 12 hours.
6. Use the battery as usual.
Procedure for maintenance free batteries (batteries with no removable caps).
On the top of the battery you will see round "dimples or shadow marks" there will be one for each cell (usually six). Drill these dimples out with a 1/2" drill bit. Once drilled and you have access to the cells, continue to follow the instructions in step two. Once you have added the solution you can plug these holes with plastic hole caps which can be purchased at any hardware store.