Heavy duty, commercial trucking fleets can experience a variety of issues with batteries on a regular basis. Having technicians properly trained in battery maintenance is an important part of keeping a fleets’ tractors on the road to maximize productivity and profit. Northeastern Region Sales and Service Engineer Charley Gipe gives 4 tips on battery maintenance and how to get the most accurate readings when testing or charging a Group 31 battery.

When testing or charging a battery, it is common practice to put the clamps on the metal studs of the battery. However, the threaded studs are not meant to conduct electricity, so the clamps don’t get a good connection. This leads to inaccurate test readings and poor charging. To get the best connection on a battery, always:

  • Use a good connection with the lead pad
  • Clean all the grease and grime off the pad
  • Use an adapter instead of the stud
  • Make sure the adapter is touching the lead pad

Charley’s tips are the first step in understanding a fleet’s electrical system. Contact Purkeys to learn more about their customized battery program. This proactive approach is a complete program that helps fleets stay on the road and save money.

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