How To Recondition A Motorcycle Battery
Before I show you How To Recondition A Motorcycle Battery, I want to talk about safety. Use extreme caution when reconditioning your motorcycle battery. Don’t be fooled by their small size! Motorcycle batteries contain sulfuric acid, which is extremely hazardous.
I recommend you work on your motorcycle battery in a well ventilated area. Take extra precaution to keep your battery away from open flames. The last step before you recondition your battery is to make sure your battery cools down to room temperature.
The Things You’ll Need
You only need a handful of items to recondition a motorcycle battery. Most of these things may be lying around your house somewhere. Make sure to have everything you need before you get started. Here is a list of what you need below:
- Safety Goggles
- Rubber Gloves
- Small Crescent Wrench
- Battery Charger
- Epsom Salts
- Distilled Water
8 Easy Steps On How To Recondition A Motorcycle Battery
- Remove the battery from your motorcycle. A small crescent wrench will be needed to remove the connectors from the battery.
- Before you do anything else, make sure the battery is not hot! It has to be cool to the touch. Room temperature is ideal, before working on your battery.
- You have to remove the small plastic caps on top of the battery. These are called cell caps. Then carefully pour out the contents into a glass bowl or something similiar.
- Mix 1 quart of distilled water with 8 ounces of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate). It’s much easier to dissolve the Epsom Salts in hot distilled water. The temperature should be 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Never ever use tap water to make this solution. Tap water has chemicals in it. These chemicals may damage your battery, so be cautious!
- Take your plastic funnel and use it to fill each cell with the solution you just made.
- Put the small cell caps back on the battery. Make sure they are on tight, so the solution does not leak out of the battery.
- Now that each cell is filled with the solution you just made and you have your cell caps tightly installed. It’s time to gently shake the battery so the solution gets evenly distributed throughout the battery.
- The final step is to charge your battery. You need a six volt trickle charger or a battery charger with a slow charge option. DO NOT charge this battery like you would a car battery. A motorcycle battery is only half the size of a car battery. If you do not slow charge your battery, you will burn it up! You will destroy the battery and it could cause hazardous flammable gases. Make sure your battery charger is turned off before hooking it up to your battery. You want to make sure you slow charge your battery overnight or until it shows the battery is charged.
After your battery is fully charged, you want to use a small crescent wrench to install your battery and attach the connectors. Make sure the connectors do not have any corrosion on them. Check the battery terminals for corrosion as well.
If there is corrosion on the terminals, you can use a wire brush to remove it. If your connectors are corroded, you can use a wire brush to remove the corrosion. Depending on how corroded your connectors are, you may be better off replacing them. Connectors are only a couple of dollars each at the auto parts store.
Now that your battery is installed and completely charged, you should be good to go. Your battery should last as long as a brand new battery. The last and final step is to go ahead and start up your motorcycle. Go for a ride and enjoy the day.
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Motorcycle Battery Tips & Tricks
I don’t ride my bike as much as I should. But when I’m not riding, I hook my battery up to my charger. I set it on a slow charge. This prevents the battery from draining when your motorcycle is not being used for long periods of time.
If you let your battery lose it’s charge too many times, it can damage your battery beyond repair. It’s important to keep your battery charged as much as possible. If you do this, you will get your moneys worth and then some, from your motorcycle battery.
Learn How To Recondition A Motorcycle Battery Yourself!
You now have the knowledge you need to recondition your own motorcycle battery. I want to conclude the same way I started by saying, SAFETY FIRST! Remember to use rubber gloves and safety googles at all times while reconditioning your battery.
I learned how to recondition motorcycle batteries from a book called EZ Battery Reconditioning. If you have anything to add or have a question, please, don’t hesitate to ask! If you have a request you can email me by clicking HERE Contact Jack!