BATTERY AND BATTERY CABLES MAINTENANCE
THIS WORK PACKAGE COVERS
Batteries: Removal, Service, Installation
Battery Cables: Removal, Installation
Tools and Special Tools
Tool kit, general mechanic's (Item 33, WP 0172
Machine parked on hard, level surface (TM 5-3800-
205-10-1 or TM 5-3800-205-10-2)
Shop equipment, common no. 2 (Item 25, WP
Scraper bowl or water tank lowered to ground (TM
5-3800-205-10-1 or TM 5-3800-205-10-2)
Parking brake applied (TM 5-3800-205-10-1 or TM
Wheels chocked (TM 5-3800-205-10-1 or TM 5-
Battery disconnect switch in OFF position (TM 5-
3800-205-10-1 or TM 5-3800-205-10-2)
To avoid injury, eye protection and acid-resistant gloves must be worn when working around batteries.
Do not smoke, use open flame, make sparks or create other ignition sources around batteries. If a battery
is giving off gases, it can explode and cause injury to personnel. Remove all jewelry such as rings, ID
tags, watches, and bracelets. If jewelry or a tool contacts a battery terminal, a direct short will result in
instant heating, damage to equipment, and injury to personnel.
Sulfuric acid contained in batteries can cause serious burns. If battery corrosion or electrolyte makes
contact with skin, eyes or clothing, take immediate action to stop the corrosive burning effects. Failure
to follow these procedures may result in death or serious injury to personnel.
a. Eyes. Flush with cold water for no less than 15 minutes and seek medical attention immediately.
Skin. Flush with large amounts of cold water until all acid is removed. Seek medical attention as required.
Internal. If corrosion or electrolyte is ingested, drink large amounts of water or milk. Follow with milk of magne-
sia, beaten egg or vegetable oil. Seek medical attention immediately.
Clothing/Equipment. Wash area with large amounts of cold water. Neutralize acid with baking soda or household