Off Season Battery Storage

  • Off Season Battery Storage

    Off Season Battery Storage

    We recommend that you spend a little time in protecting your battery during off season storage.

    • If at all possible, remove the battery from the vehicle. Clean the battery and terminals using a solution of baking soda and water as a precaution to remove any electrolyte that might be on the outside of the battery.
    • Make sure that nothing enters the battery during cleaning. You can also use the baking powder/water solution to clean the battery compartment of the vehicle to help neutralize any electrolyte that may be present. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.
    • After the battery is cleaned, inspect for any signs of damage or extraordinary wear that may have occurred while in service. If you have any concerns about the condition of your battery, you should seek the advice of a mechanic or a battery specialist.

    Upon determining there is no concern of damage, for conventional batteries, check the electrolyte levels. The level of electrolyte must be maintained above the minimum and at or below the maximum level line on the side of the battery. Check only when on a flat level service. If you need to increase the level, carefully add distilled water avoiding any overfill. Once the levels are adjusted, charge the battery referring to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Sealed VRLA batteries or those referred to, as "Maintenance Free" do not require you to maintain the electrolyte levels. Sealed VRLA batteries must never be opened once in service or permanent damage and failure will occur. Once you have cleaned and inspected the battery, charge it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

    When the battery is fully charged it should be stored in a secure cool dry environment or reinstalled in the vehicle. Either way, allow yourself access to the battery so you can periodically check your state of charge, or simply attach a battery charger/maintainer to it.

    Maintaining your battery state of charge during extended periods of storage is essential to insure the maximum service life is delivered.