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Old 07-25-2009, 07:29 PM   #11
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Wow, thanks for educating me on the batteries! It's a load of information & I think it has all sunken in!

I think I may have lucked out tho... I took all the cables off each terminal today, steel wooled everything including the nuts, added about a gallon of distilled water to all 3 batteries, trickle charged them for about 8 hours & YUP! Buster fired right up!! Now I can at least drive it to Discount Auto or similiar to have them test the batteries. It feels good to again accomplish something else!

Thanks again everyone!! Oh yea, anyone have any idea what batteries cost each? I am thinking 8D's or what is in my bus, group 31's...

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Old 07-25-2009, 11:30 PM   #12
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I look at some at Sam's about a month ago and they were about $ 125 . I plan to get one soon.
Which batteries did yo look at?
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:41 PM   #13
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8Ds the biggest.
Thanks for the info, that is less than I expected... although $250 for batteries is a big chunk o' change!
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Wow, thanks for educating me on the batteries! It's a load of information & I think it has all sunken in!

I think I may have lucked out tho... I took all the cables off each terminal today, steel wooled everything including the nuts, added about a gallon of distilled water to all 3 batteries, trickle charged them for about 8 hours & YUP! Buster fired right up!! Now I can at least drive it to Discount Auto or similiar to have them test the batteries. It feels good to again accomplish something else!

Thanks again everyone!! Oh yea, anyone have any idea what batteries cost each? I am thinking 8D's or what is in my bus, group 31's...

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I am extremely happy that the cleaning suggestion worked out for you. You have no idea how many GOOD batteries are junked each year just because of poor connections, and unscrupulous mechanics love to see you coming with those problems. Because it is an easy sale, and a quick fix, plus you think from then on that the mechanic is a genius, and you won't have anybody but him work on your vehicle. It is a simple electrical fact, resistance at connections accounts for more electrical failures in low voltage DC (vehicular) systems than all other causes combined. Burned out a starter motor or two? Check your connections! Low voltage to any electrical motor causes it to draw more current, more current means more heat, more heat means quicker failure. OK, I'll get off my soapbox, but keep those connections clean and bright, and take care of corrosion immediately, or risk sitting on the side of the road wondering how you're going to get several tons of vehicle back home. Keep those buses rollin'!
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