I've been driving my Integra ('97
) far too seldomly, so sometimes the battery runs low. I finally decided to get a charger for it (Deltran Battery Tender Plus).
I had a look at my Integra's owner's manual; it covers jump starting but there isn't much about using a charger. The only potentially useful points I was able to glean are:
- "If you need to connect the battery to a charger, disconnect both cables to prevent damage to the car's electric system."
- When Jump Starting (note: I'm using a charger so this might not apply), connect the negative terminal of the booster battery to the Integra's grounding strap.
- Battery specs: 12v 36AH/5R -- I currently have an Interstate Battery I-51R installed.
Among other things, the charger's user manual says:
- "Add distilled water in each cell until battery acid reaches level specified by battery manufacturer. Do not overfill. For a battery without removable cell caps, such as valve regulated lead acid batteries, carefully follow manufacturer’s recharging instructions."
- "Study all battery manufacturer’s specific precautions such as removing or not removing cell caps while charging and recommended rates of charge."
- "For negative-grounded vehicle, connect POSITIVE (RED) clip from battery charger to POSITIVE (POS, P, +) ungrounded post of battery. Connect NEGATIVE (BLACK) clip to vehicle chassis or engine block away from battery."
Now on to the questions...
Does anyone have experience charging a battery for an Integra?
- Do I really have to remove the cables from the terminals per the Integra's Owner's manual? Can I get away with just disconnecting one of the terminals?
- Do I connect the charger's negative clamp directly to the battery's negative terminal or to the grounding strap?
- Do I have to worry about taking off the vent caps of my battery (it appears that my battery does have (two long-ish) battery caps); given the way the battery is held in the Integra, this essentially means I have to uninstall it (just short of lifting it out...).
- Since my car is parked outside right next to the garage, can I just route the cables so that they won't get crushed/damaged and close the hood while charging, or would that be a fire hazard, due to buildup of gases underneath the hood?
I found the YouTube video "How to Use a Portable Car Battery Charger" (by Howcast) useful, I'm just not sure if it applies to my situation.
Any (constructive) advice is appreciated!