LOWELL, Ark., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Trying to jumpstart a vehicle with a frozen battery can lead to serious damage to the vehicle and technicians. Fleets can protect their assets and personnel by learning how to detect a frozen battery.
Heavy-duty vehicles experience dead batteries in the winter months. While it is common to perform a jumpstart on a vehicle, it is important to make sure the batteries are not frozen first. Flooded cell batteries are more likely to freeze but AGM batteries are not immune.
To understand why a battery freezes, fleets must understand how a battery is made. Inside the battery is sulfuric acid and water. The combination of these fluids creates an electrolyte with a very low freezing point, making a frozen battery unlikely in most temperatures. The potential for freezing comes with batteries that are not fully charged.
As batteries become discharged, the freezing point will rise. Severely discharged batteries can freeze at temperatures as high as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some signs to look for are the following:
- Cracks anywhere on the battery case
- Bulging sides
- No sound of liquid when the flooded cell battery is moved
Never attempt to jumpstart a frozen battery as that may cause it to explode. Avoid a potentially dangerous situation and keep fleets on the road with the frozen battery alert on Purkeys' Lightning in a Box jumpstart machine. By monitoring the charge of the battery and the current temperature, the machine will alert users when a battery has all the warning signs for being frozen.
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Brooke McNeely, Content Director, (479) 287-4006 (mobile)
823 S. Lincoln St.
Lowell, AR 72745