Maintenance of Diesel Starting Locomotive Batteries

Maintenance of Diesel Starting Locomotive Batteries

Diesel locomotive batteries work as prime mover in any diesel engine. Diesel vehicles are considered to be best in terms of efficiency and have a longer lifespan while maintaining a great overall mileage.

Diesel-electric Locomotive Starting Batteries are the most common and popular range of diesel batteries.

They have bolt-on inter connector cells inside due to which they do not need much maintenance, however, like every industrial batteries, detail inspection is a must to keep them working more efficiently.

  • To have a proper idea on how to handle these batteries always read and follow the manual for basic guidelines.
  • With its easily removable cells, any faulty cells can be removed and replaced immediately.
  • Always try to be specific about the position of pilot cells. There must be specific Gravity of pilot cells- rotate pilot cells.
  • Before using diesel batteries, collect a sufficient amount of electrolyte to fill the battery cells. While filling electrolyte, make sure the temperature must be between 77°F and 90°F
  • Maintain a decent electrolyte level. Inspect if the level has dropped, it add more electrolyte.
  • Never remove the special airtight valves from the moist batteries (which comes without electrolyte) until it is ready to be used.
  • Cleanliness is of utmost importance while keeping a check on the batteries. Check the connections and wiring regularly.
  • Diesel batteries should be kept at a cool, clean and dry place. Prohibit smoking or source of heat near the batteries.
  • Before storage of batteries, it is necessary that the batteries be fully charged. Disconnect if it is not in use, this will reduce the possibility of discharge.
  • Do not overcharge the batteries more than the required current. This might damage battery cells and reduce its longevity.

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