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Remedies to revive old batteries?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by bobwilson1977, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Mar 4, 2009 at 8:29 AM
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    bobwilson1977

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    So here's the deal. The neighbors are away in Europe for some sort of job and I am taking care of things for them. They have a 30 year old Chevy that I start once a week so it'll not gum up the carb, keep the battery charged, etc etc. Anyhow, the battery in this thing is from 1999 and I think is toast. I have had to jump start it every other time, which is sort of annoying. I took it out last night and saw that half the water in the thing was gone. So I filled it back up and put it in the charger in the garage. Took forever for the thing to even register a charge and after all night long, it showed maybe a 75% charge. So I think its a goner. But the neighbors are gone for another few months and I don't feel like having to jump start this thing every time.

    I've heard there are tricks you can do to revive old batteries. Like adding stuff to the water or something. This is just until they get back and I inform them they need a new battery. Any tips?
     
  2. Mar 4, 2009 at 8:33 AM
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    FlawedXJ

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    deionized water. i think...
     
  3. Mar 4, 2009 at 8:48 AM
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    Park it close to an outlet and leave a trickle charger on it
     
  4. Mar 4, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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    You should never fill a battery before charging. Always fill it afterwards.
     
  5. Mar 4, 2009 at 7:45 PM
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    Our corvette actually uses the battery even when it's sitting / something with the electronics. We keep it hooked up to a trickle charger all winter since we rarely get a chance to drive it.
     
  6. Mar 4, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    Car battery quick disconnect. My Sister has one on her IROC Z conv. Great for when you aren't driving it much.

    http://www.ecklers.com/product.asp?...l+-+Batteries+&+Cables+-+Switches-_-35201-_-X
     
  7. Mar 4, 2009 at 8:13 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    10 years old? theres not much help for that thing..get a new one and bill them for it
     
  8. Mar 4, 2009 at 8:15 PM
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    The Auto parts places used to sell something that you pour into your battery to rejuvinate it.
     
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