4-30. STORAGE BATTERIES, CONNECTIONS, AND BATTERY COMPARTMENT
This task covers:
Tool kit SC4940-97-CL-E16
Bicarbonate of soda (Item 22, Appendix E)
Distilled water (Item 4, Appendix E)
Petrolatum (Item 19, Appendix E)
Rags (Item 20, Appendix E)
Rubberized paint (Item 18, Appendix E)
Inspect battery compartment for cracks, dents, rust, and corrosion.
Inspect wooden blocking for serviceability.
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.
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 death.
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 32-volt system consisting of four storage batteries.