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  • flat battery OT [red wine misuse]

    after suffering with a flat battery[mostly] on my mini digger, a little 3 ton nissan/hanix i remembered a thing i saw on one of these odd programmes on the old discovery net, i was awaiting a new battery to be delivered, ny charger had died and the machine was a long way from power and needed to be started, without being able to lug a battery through the woods as my ticker is bust i remembered a trick where you add red wine to the battery to get some fiz out of it.
    well i had nothing to loose and it wasent a fancy gel pack, just a common lead/acid, drained some electrolyte off with a hydrometer [each cell] and added red wine!
    i was sceptiv until i saw the reading on the hydrometer, it was just above low! in the green!
    i wasent going to risk using the glow plugs to i gave it a blast of start ya bastard [thats what it says on the tin!]
    pressed the starter, she span like a bitch an started first time!!!!
    still havent got the new cell but after a couple of hours running it starts first time now..i would have thought i had knackered the plates but its holding a charge better now? [im sure the winter will kill it!]
    worth a punt if your stuck
    regards
    mark

  • #2
    I hope you used Melrot.
    Mike

    My Dad always said, "If you want people to do things for you on the farm, you have to buy a machine they can sit on that does most of the work."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MotorradMike
      I hope you used Melrot.
      Do you mean Merlot?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ligito
        Do you mean Merlot?
        I think he was being a bit tongue in cheek with the Melrot comment, not a fan of Merlot apparently

        I had never heard of this trick but apparently it is the acid in the wine that gives it a little boost... something to file away for those emergencies where you have a dead battery but a 'live' bottle of wine

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        • #5
          Thank you for the tip Boslab. I love these Home Chemistry tricks.
          Last edited by Grind Hard; 10-02-2011, 08:16 PM.
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          • #6
            "MelROT" - a cheap merlot. Along the lines of "rot gut" whiskey.

            I'd heard of something like that, to revive a battery temporarily. Thought it was Coca cola. ...or maybe a couple of asprin tablets.

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            • #7
              Gonna hafta start carrying a bottle of red wine in the truck, for mergencys ya no

              Tim

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              • #8
                better yet... yell at someone on the phone... then drink the wine yourself

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                • #9
                  I think for this particular application, merlrot-grade merlot would be perfectly adequate....
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                  • #10
                    I dont use my mini digger much either..

                    Although I keep my Terex-Schaeff HR16 3.5 ton Mini digger under a tarapaulin outside...the battery stays in a cupboard in the kitchen and gets charged monthly.

                    Rob

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                    • #11
                      When the digger didn't start, I would've thought a day of work wasn't meant to be, and would kick back in my lounge chair and drink the wine.

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                      • #12
                        My excavator wouldn't start today out in the forest. I walked back to get a bottle of wine thinking about this thread. Got to the excavator but the bottle was emtied by the time I got there. So I walked back and got another bottle. That bottle didn't make it either. So I walked/staggered back and got a third bottle. But this time I couldn't find my excavator so I drank the third bottle and now I am writing this from my IPhone becaue I ca n nt fid my wy bak hooomm!
                        Last edited by Black Forest; 10-03-2011, 03:55 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Daamm. Doe s any1 no how to uuusss the GPS on a iphone? I neeed annother bottle of whine!!!
                          How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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