4-30. STORAGE BATTERIES AND BATTERY BOX
This task covers:
Tool kit SC494-97-CL-E16
Bicarbonate of soda (Item 25, Appendix E)
Distilled water (Item 4, Appendix E)
Petrolatum (Item 18, Appendix E)
Rags (Item 19, Appendix E)
Rubberized paint (Item 26, Appendix E)
Inspect battery box for cracks, dents, rust, and corrosion.
Inspect wooden blocking for serviceability.
o Remove rings, bracelets, wristwatches, and neck
chains before working around the locomotive.
Jewelry can catch on equipment and cause injury,
or may short across an electrical circuit and cause
severe burns or electrical shock.
o High voltage is used in the operation of
equipment. Do not be misled by the term LOW
VOLTAGE. Potentials as low as 50 volts may cause
o Be careful not to short out battery terminals. Do
not smoke or use open flame near batteries.
Batteries may explode from a spark. Battery acid is
harmful to skin and eyes.
Keep vent plugs in place. Do not allow soda
solution to get into the cells. It will neutralize the
electrolyte and lower cell capacity.
This system is a 64-volt system consisting of eight storage batteries.
Before making test, open electrical equipment cabinet and set battery switch to OPEN. Clean battery as follows:
Remove corrosion on connector bolts, lugs, and cables by washing with water/soda solution (1 pound
bicarbonate of soda to 1 gallon of water).
Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.
Remove vent caps and clean out the vents in the cap.