B a t t e r y B A T T E R Y S A F E T Y
ALWAYS wear appropriate eye protection when working around batteries.
Batteries contain acid, which is both corrosive and poisonous. If spillage occurs:
On clothing or the skin - remove any contaminated clothing immediately, flush the skin with large amounts of water, and seek medical attention urgently.
In the eyes - flush with clean water immediately for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention urgently.
Swallowing battery acid can be fatal unless IMMEDIATE action is taken - seek medical attention urgently.
During normal operation batteries emit explosive hydrogen gas - to avoid fire, ensure sparks and naked lights are kept away from the engine compartment.
For your safety remove all metal wrist bands and jewellery before working in the engine compartment and NEVER allow the battery terminals or vehicle leads to make contact with tools or metal parts of the vehicle.
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after handling.
The battery is designed to be maintenance free, so topping-up is unnecessary. On the top of the battery there is a battery condition indicator (arrowed in illustration). Examine the indicator periodically to check the battery's condition. When the indicator shows:
GREEN - the battery is in a good state of charge.
DARK (turning to black) - the battery needs charging.
CLEAR (or light yellow) - the battery must be replaced. Do not charge the battery or jump start the vehicle in this condition.
NOTE: When checking the battery condition indicator, if necessary, clean the battery top to ensure a clear view.
If the indicator shows clear or yellow, tap the indicator with the handle of a screwdriver to disperse any air bubbles. If the color is unchanged, the battery must be replaced.