Dry battery. Can I add distilled water? - Polaris Riders
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Las Vegas
Posts: 72
Dry battery. Can I add distilled water?

I've been having charging problems with my battery since I bought it. Today I took the caps off and the battery is completely dry. Could this be my problem? What do you think about adding distilled water to it?
zac808 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 10:17 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Powell
Posts: 4,620
i think that is for radiators. i think batteries need the acid from the packs that come with them.

2007 OUTLAW 525 IRS

2001 400 TWO STROKE SCRAMBLER
LEOGM5150 is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 10:57 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 8,085
yes you can add distilled water but the acid would probably be better. We add water to our batteries all the time at work and when I was in the military. In fact that was a PMcheck we had to do.

Visit the new Polaris Tech Site www.POLARISPROS.com Established Sept 2010

I do not ride with a driver that text messages while driving, say NO also and put this in your signature.


2009CUSTOM OUTLAW525XCR8/06 CAM
2009 OUTLAW525IRS 8/33 CAM
Outlaw How to Section
ssjeff is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 12:36 AM
Senior Member
 
huskyrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: armstrong co.
Posts: 263
Wouldn't hurt to have it checked, you also may be over charging. Or maybe just adding the water will take care of it. Put a voltmeter on it and check the charge volts with it running.

08 OUTLAW 525 S *trail tech endurance*wilson racing fox shox*twin air*Maier*R.E.M*PRM desert front*PRM 6 pack *HMF QRS**
huskyrider is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 12:52 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Edwards AFB
Posts: 1,228
Honestly, you should replace the battery and thoroughly check out your charging system. Batteries just don't go dry on their own. Either it has a leak in the case, wasn't filled properly when you bought it, or your charging system is over-charging the battery causing the electrolite to boil off. If you have had issues with it from the start, I would just go ahead and replace it. These smaller lead-acid batteries aren't as durable as larger ones, like car batteries. Once they start showing problems (like not holding a charge), chances are the damage is done and it will never be right.

2009 outlaw 525S Rath +3 Rear Hubs, PEP Shocks (built by Rath), Flexx bars, Hiper Wheels, Razr 2 Tires, Pro Armor Kill Switch, Trail Tech Dash and Vapor Computer, HMF Exhaust,Rath Nerfs and PRM Bumper/Grab Bars... more pending $$$ 2005 Pred Twin Air clamp-on, Edelbrock, Rath A-arms, Dyna FS, P&P cylinder head (Nicholas Cycle), Rath Head Pipe, Yoshimura slip-on, Pro Armor nerfs, JE 12.5:1 Piston, Trail Tech Dash and Endurance Computer, Home made radiator scoops and chassis skid, PRM Bumper and Grab Bar, 5hp sticker removal, and many custom scratches and minor cracks!!
dcc1089 is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 01:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Powell
Posts: 4,620
i have been told my whole life that you can restore auto batteries with distilled water. i have never had one last very long after the fill up. i have restored many batteries as good as new with spare battery acid from new batteries. just my experience.

2007 OUTLAW 525 IRS

2001 400 TWO STROKE SCRAMBLER
LEOGM5150 is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 06:50 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 8,085
The acid is diluted with water. The water in the acid will evaporate over time. It is very normal. You could have issues with the system like mentioned above and it boiled the battery dry. Like Leo said, if you can get acid, use it.

if you use tap water the minerals will cause corrosion on the plates. that will lead all sorts of issues. You can see through some of the battery walls and see white spots. Those are corrosion spots.

These Polaris batteries are some of the best small batteries i have ever had. Most of my motorcycle batteries only last a year in my Triumphs.

Visit the new Polaris Tech Site www.POLARISPROS.com Established Sept 2010

I do not ride with a driver that text messages while driving, say NO also and put this in your signature.


2009CUSTOM OUTLAW525XCR8/06 CAM
2009 OUTLAW525IRS 8/33 CAM
Outlaw How to Section
ssjeff is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Polaris Riders forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome