Watering & Cleaning Batteries

The information below is on how to properly water and clean your batteries. This covers all of Columbia Vehicle Group's Vehicles. 24v, 36v, & 48v


  1. Be sure that the battery pack is FULLY charged before watering
  • This is to prevent them from "boiling over"
  • The acid can etch or damage the floor if a spill occurs.
  • Use baking soda to neutralize the acid.

2. Clean and remove corrosion off terminals with baking soda and water

  • This will help make sure your battery will have a clean and tight connection. If the connection to the battery is not tight it could ark and damage the lead terminal.
  • Be sure the terminal nuts are torqued to 100 INCH LBS.

3. Remove battery caps

  • Check the water level using a flashlight to determine if the plates are covered.
  • If you can see the top of the plates, you may want to check your batteries water more often to prevent damaging or having to replace the batteries.

4. Watering the batteries

  • When filling the batteries be sure to have Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Battery Fill Line
  • You must use DISTILLED water. The reason is that tap water has impurities that will plug the lead plates preventing the flow of the acid through each plate. Overtime the plates will heat up and become distorted.
  • Fill each port of the battery to the fill well.
  • Clean any spills you have with baking soda, rinse with water, and assure each cap and connection is tight.

5. Vehicles With a Watering system

  • If your vehicle is equipped with a watering system, connect it to the main port, place the other end into a container of DISTILLED water use the hand pump. Squeeze the hand pump until firm, then disconnect the main port.

Click the video link below from US Batteries on how to properly water you batteries.

Watering Your Batteries Video