The battery should always be very carefully inspected before any actual testing is done.
Many undesirable conditions can be seen and corrected before they result in battery
trouble. Other visible indications are very important when analyzing the hydrometer
1. Inspect battery case for cracks and leaks.
2. Inspect battery posts, clamps, and cables for breakage, loose connections, corrosion, and other faults.
3. Note whether top of battery is clean and dry. Dirt and electrolyte on top of battery causes excessive self-
4. Be sure cell vents are open.
5. Be sure battery carrier is solidly mounted and in good condition and that battery hold-down is properly
tightened. A loose battery carrier or battery hold-down will allow battery to be damaged by vibration and jarring.
An excessively tightened battery hold-down may buckle or crack battery case.
6. Inspect battery for raised cell covers or warped case, which may indicate that the battery has been overheated
or overcharged at some time. This may be important when analyzing results of electrical tests.
7. Note reserve capacity rating of battery (usually stamped on case). If not indicated, refer to manufacturer's
specifications for battery capacity.
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