A steel jacket case and high cranking power are some of the draws of the Odyssey battery that make is desirable for many high-performance cars and extreme conditions. A drained vehicle battery usually results from leaving the lights on or having the vehicle idle for extended periods of time. Generally this can be fixed with a second car "jump starting" your car's battery. However, in some circumstances, such as the vehicle being in a tight, one-car garage, an AC battery charger is required. This procedure details how to charge the Odyssey automobile batteries, but it can be used with most standard car batteries.
Things You'll Need
- Automatic battery charger
- Grounded AC outlet
- Grounded extension cord (optional)
Turn off the engine (if the vehicle has been running, wait for it to cool down completely to avoid possible burns) and keep the battery charger unplugged.
Open the hood and locate the positive battery post (red, P, POS or +) and connect the positive (red) charger clamp securely to the positive battery post.
Connect the negative (black) charger clamp to an unpainted part of the engine block or chassis. Make sure the negative charger clamp is away from the battery. Never connect the negative (black) charger clamp to the negative charger post (black, NEG, N or -) or to the carburetor, fuel lines, or sheet metal metal parts.
Plug in the battery charger to a grounded AC outlet. Use a grounded extension cord if the AC outlet cannot be reached by the charger's AC cord. If the "Check" (red) LED light appears, unplug the charger and check the clamp connections. (Light indicators may differ on your charger--check the user manual for what applies to your model charger.)
Press the "Charge" button. The "Charging" (yellow) LED light will turn on and the charging will start.
Unplug the charger before removing the clamps once the "Complete" (green) LED light turns on.
Tips & Warnings
- Any automatic battery charger for vehicles will be compatible with Odyssey batteries.
- The positive battery post is usually larger than the negative battery post.
- Disconnect the alarm system if the vehicle remains idle for long periods of time. This will greatly reduce the frequency of recharging the battery.
- Some automatic battery chargers may have a different color scheme to indicate the status of the charge.
- Always operate in a ventilated area.
- Remove all personal metal items such as jewelry, watches and cell phones.
- Wear safety glasses and protective clothing when handling acid/lead based batteries.
- Check the battery for any cracks and/or terminal damage. If damage exists, replace the battery.
- Keep water, soap and bottled eye rinse within the work area in case of acid eye/skin contact.
- Keep baking soda within the work area to neutralize acid spillage.
- Never smoke or have an open flame in the vicinity of the work area.
- Photo Credit dead battery image by Katrina Miller from Fotolia.com
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