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SGTJOE

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Posted: 08/29/20 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My hot lead to my 6v batteries (1 of 4) has battery corrosion on the wire just before the hook up clamp. This is the primary positive cable that supports the 4 Duracell GC2 Golf Cart Batteries. Any thoughts as to why this happened?

I have the system that replaces the battery cell caps so I can fill my batteries by pumping water into the batteries, anyone remember the name of that system? I need to replace the pump that transfers the water from the container through one of the hoses . This has been installed since 2005 and I have never had any corrosion on my batteries or the cables before now.


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SGTJOE wrote:

My hot lead to my 6v batteries (1 of 4) has battery corrosion on the wire just before the hook up clamp. This is the primary positive cable that supports the 4 Duracell GC2 Golf Cart Batteries. Any thoughts as to why this happened?

Any lead acid battery, but especially flooded lead acid out gas (produce bubbles, boil) as they are charged/discharged even at very low rates. That out gas a small amount of sulfuric acid (gas). This is reacting to any exposed copper.

Clean with backing soda and water. Clean the entire base case.

There are a couple of ways you can prevent this from happening.

1) Use "tinned" (marine) battery cable wire. The individual copper strands are coated in a material that will not react with the sulfuric acid (gas).
2) Apply dual wall (marine) heat shrink while the cable is being assembled.
3) If you missed step 1) or 2) put a good "gob" of grease (Vaseline) on the clamp and covering any exposed copper. You will have to repeat this every time you wash the outside of the battery.

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Posted: 08/29/20 12:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your charge algorithm is correct and the batteries are not overfilled you will not have corrosion problems. Could it be that your auto filler has failed and overfilled a cell or two?

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RLS7201 wrote:

If your charge algorithm is correct and the batteries are not overfilled you will not have corrosion problems.

My 50+ years under the hood of cars disagrees with you.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

RLS7201 wrote:

If your charge algorithm is correct and the batteries are not overfilled you will not have corrosion problems.

My 50+ years under the hood of cars disagrees with you.


Ah, but we are talking RVs not cars. If you read my post carefully, you'll see that I said a proper charging algorithm.

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Posted: 08/29/20 08:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Simple. Some acid got in the connection.
You can clean it up or just replace it. Use heat shrink to seal the insulation to the lug.

Otherwise a picture might help.
http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1


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time2roll wrote:

Simple. Some acid got in the connection.
You can clean it up or just replace it. Use heat shrink to seal the insulation to the lug.

Otherwise a picture might help.
http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1


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See how the corrosion is actually on the battery cable and not the terminal. This cable looks like it is the main one coming to the batteries. Should I try to clean it and then put some vaseline on it or replace it. Not sure where it is connected on the other end.

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Posted: 08/30/20 02:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What do you think about me cutting off the corroded part of the cable and reattaching it to the clamp?

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Assuming you have enough slack I would be inclined to cut the end off and crimp on a new closed end lug then seal it with heat shrink.

https://www.genuinedealz.com/collections/heavy-wall-lugs/stud-size_5-16-in

Easy route might be to just make a small cup of backing soda and water solution and let it soak. Check it again in the spring.

I have had good luck with Permatex spray terminal cleaner. Also get the terminal protectant for once you have it cleaned up. PepBoys or similar should have this.

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SGTJOE wrote:

I have the system that replaces the battery cell caps so I can fill my batteries by pumping water into the batteries, anyone remember the name of that system? I need to replace the pump that transfers the water from the container through one of the hoses .


Flow-Rite Pro-Fill system?

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