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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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I get the impression that the OEM battery on my 2010 Ranger might be a little weak. If I look at the sight glass it shows orange. I was expecting green.

A search of the net has not been helpful. Neither has the Owner's Manual.

Without further testing, what say you?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 05:49 PM
 
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The little window is basically a built-in hydrometer to tell you the specific gravity of the electrolyte. It may be showing right, but sometimes the little pellets can get stuck. Try tapping the side of the battery or shaking the truck around.

Is it charging?

Check the voltage at the battery with the engine shut off. Next, turn on the engine and let it idle. The voltage across the battery should now be higher, around 13 to 14.5 volts.

If not, check the belt, make sure all your electrical connections are clean and tight.

You can also do a load test on a fully charged battery, either with a load tester, or a lot of places will do it for you for free, like Canadian Tire. That'll tell you if the battery is holding a charge.

If you drive your truck infrequently, or just on short trips, you might want to get a little battery charger to keep it topped-up.

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Try charging it.

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The sight glass in the battery in the wife's Focus has never been green yet the car starts ok and has never given her any problems. I'd just ignore it.

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You could always upsize your batter to one with a higher CCA. Cheapest, decent quality ones are the Kirkland brand at Costco (made by Johnson Controls) for typically $100 or less.

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The sight glass in the battery in the wife's Focus has never been green yet the car starts ok and has never given her any problems. I'd just ignore it.
You may need to add some distilled water to the battery cells. I've been charging my old truck battery to use as a power source for a shed light, and it didn't show any balls. When I pried off the caps, I saw there wasn't enough electrolyte to float the balls.

As you suggested, the built-in sight glass is sort of BS, as it is just basically a hydrometer for one of the six cells. To get a better idea of what the charge state is of the battery, you want to use a real battery hydrometer and check all of the cells, like this one:



If you want to get fancy, buy a load tester. CT and Princess Auto regularly put them on sale.

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I just came in from checking the battery with a hydrometer. The sight gauge was showing orange, and the hydrometer showed all 6 cells as fair (about 1.235).

I guess that answers that question.

Thanks for your input all.

The next step for me will be to go looking for a Binford 2000 to replace the OEM. I may not change it right away, but at least I'll have an idea as to what is out there, and know that swapping it out is something that needs to be done sooner rather than later.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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-25C yesterday. Ranger wouldn't start. Now there's a surprise! Swapped out the battery this morning.

The original lasted not quite 4 years, and had been showing signs for quite awhile. Guess I got a bum one.


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4 yrs isn't bad.. The cold will tax any good battery.

Your battery could have got too low at one time, because of that it would never come fully back up. Never hold what it once did. With the cold.... Death.

I think what happens is the plates get coated and don't allow the current flow which happens over time. Don't quote me, is have to look that up to be sure.


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I've read that a full charge on a new battery is crucial to its lifespan. If not done properly they can never recover from that and will give you trouble constantly.

My 2008 Ranger's battery was 6 years old and working fine, when I traded the truck. Although, the last 2 winters with it I had to use my block heater to help it start on the really cold days.

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