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Old 05-30-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Hot battery why

My chassis 6 volt battery is about 6 years old

Case is hot about 120 to 140 degrees

What do I need to do?

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If you have been seriously discharging or charging battery, a temperature change might be normal. If you haven't been stressing the battery, it could be an internal short. If it was my battery, I'd remove it and place in an open area for a time to see if it assumes room temperature. Then do a specific gravity test on each cell and take to auto parts store for a load test. If it's bad, replace the pair of batteries, a new battery and a 6 year old battery will not work together.
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It's the battery that starts the engine so there is only one I'll disconnect it since I am parked for a month

Does disconnect cause any issues?
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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Should'nt be a 6V, if it's a chassis battery .
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Should'nt be a 6V, if it's a chassis battery .

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Very few vehicles use a 6 volt system for chassis power since the 1960's. If the battery has 6 cells, it's 12 volt. If it's still warm now, an hour after your first post, disconnect it, wearing gloves, apron, and face shield remove it from the RV.
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Hot battery indicates one of two things.. HIGH current flow or .. Hot enivorment.

Assuming it is not enviormental heat (Short story follows) Load test the battery, if it's good, then it is being over charged. If its bad, replace it.

Short story: Had a cable (30 amp rated) lying on the ground with less than 10 amps (Heck less than five) cable was so hot I had to wear gloves to coil it up... Till I got to the part that was in the shade.. That was COLD to the touch.. Yup, SUnlight is an enviormental element epically on things colored BLACK.
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