3-11. SERVICING BATTERIES
a. Unhook latches (6) securing companion seat (1) to battery box and remove
companion seat (1).
Do not perform battery system checks or inspections while smoking
or near fire, flames, or sparks, especially if the caps are off.
Batteries may explode causing damage to vehicle and injury or
death to personnel.
b. Check electrolyte level.
(1) Unscrew and remove all battery filler caps (2) and check electrolyte
level. If electrolyte level is below the ledge in the battery filler opening, add
distilled water (appendix D, item 27).
(2) A battery that is continually in need of electrolyte may indicate an
improperly adjusted charging system. Notify unit maintenance if the problem
(3) Inspect the vented battery filler caps (2) to ensure that vents are clear,
unobstructed, and permit escape of battery gases. Clean vents if obstructed;
replace caps (2) if damaged.
(4) Install filler caps (2).
c. Inspect all battery compartment components, including terminal clamps (5),
battery cables (3), battery holddowns (8), and shunt (4) for corrosion, damage, or
looseness. Inspect terminal boots (7), if installed. Notify unit maintenance if any of
these problems exist.
d. Ensure that battery terminal clamps (5) have a light coat of lubricating oil
for corrosion protection. Refer to appendix D, item 19.
e. Install companion seat (1) and secure to battery box with latches (6).
f. Refer to TM 9-6140-200-14 for additional information.