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Old 09-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #71
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mineral oil in 8 volt batteries

How much oil should I put in the 8 volt batteries in my golf cart?
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #72
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How much oil should I put in the 8 volt batteries in my golf cart?
I would say 12 oz like all the others. If it has 4 cells that would be 3 oz per cell.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:28 PM   #73
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I would say 12 oz like all the others. If it has 4 cells that would be 3 oz per cell.
Yep, what he said
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Has anyone tried a different oil? Baby oil, Motor oil, maybe even transmission fliud, hydraulic fluid, or gear oil?
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:35 PM   #75
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You first. I'm not going to mess with what works. If I had a spare battery, I'd try it.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:44 PM   #76
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Has anyone tried a different oil? Baby oil, Motor oil, maybe even transmission fliud, hydraulic fluid, or gear oil?
Mineral oil is FDA approved "food grade". Most of the others you mention will have additives. And besides that, why be a pioneer........mineral oil works and is very cheap.
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Has anyone tried a different oil? Baby oil, Motor oil, maybe even transmission fliud, hydraulic fluid, or gear oil?
The reason Mineral Oil is specified is the fact it does not have any additives such as Zinc which is one of the additives in most automotive oils as an anti friction additive. You Do Not want to put Zinc or some of the other additives in your battery. For the very same reasons Distilled water is specified. No additives.
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I was looking at what was readily available in the shop. I then went top the dollar store and 16 oz. mineral oil for $2 so no major expense here. I do agree on the "if it works don't fix it."
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The reason Mineral Oil is specified is the fact it does not have any additives such as Zinc which is one of the additives in most automotive oils as an anti friction additive. You Do Not want to put Zinc or some of the other additives in your battery. For the very same reasons Distilled water is specified. No additives.
It was good enough for Mr. Edison to use in his commercial business and he knew exactly what the batteries were made of that he used because he made them. He used mineral oil in them as a business decision to reduce maintenance cost. Are we wiser than him?

The materials we have in our batteries are no different than what was found in the Edison batteries. Ours are only packaged differently. When I get the time I will be putting it into my batteries without hesitation.

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Add me to the list of folks that have done this. Found my mineral oil at Wal-Mart and got six (6) bottles (96 oz total) for $8.88. Added 4 oz per cell in my 6 volt batteries. Used a turkey baster to remove some water and then added some of it back to top off the cells after the oil was in. All went great and I used the opportunity to clean up my battery compartment and all cable ends.

Glad I stumbled across this and other threads on this subject as I had never heard of doing this.

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I'm finally going to do this too. I cleaned up my battery terminals this week and then sprayed them with a protectant. I usually add water once a month and I'm hoping the mineral oil will cut down that maintenance. I'll check Walmart for the oil.....
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i used less than 1 oz to each cell, for the reason i didn't want to remove the juice to make room for mo. about a month now, batteries were clean and dry. no ill effect so far... maybe too early to tell.
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I read on Wackpedia about mineral oil. It is a pure petrolium distillate. Good for many uses. I have a machineshop and would like to buy it in volume. Say a gallon or 5 gallons. Anyone know where I could buy it in these volumes at reasonable costs?
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Add me to the list of folks that have done this. Found my mineral oil at Wal-Mart and got six (6) bottles (96 oz total) for $8.88. Added 4 oz per cell in my 6 volt batteries. Used a turkey baster to remove some water and then added some of it back to top off the cells after the oil was in. All went great and I used the opportunity to clean up my battery compartment and all cable ends.

Glad I stumbled across this and other threads on this subject as I had never heard of doing this.

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Point of interest,
What you removed with the Turkey blaster was not Water. What you removed was Electrolyte or H2S04. The Electrolyte turns to water when the battery is discharged and the Sulphur, S04, is absorbed by the Lead, PB, in the plates to become Lead Sulphate, PBS04.
The Water, H20 remains. This is why a discharged battery will freeze.
Now, when the charger is connected, the current drives the Sulphur out of the Lead and back into the Water to again become Electrolyte.
During the charging process, the Water Vaporizes to a degree depending on the charge rate and some of this vapour escapes out the top through the vented caps.
This is why we need to add Distilled Water to the battery to replace the water that was expelled during the charge process. The higher the charge rate, the more water is expelled.
If you have been adding water more than once or twice a year, you should check the battery voltage. It should not be higher than 13.6 - 13.7 VDC. If it is, that is the reason you are having to add water more often.
Merely putting Mineral Oil in the batteries is not the answer. Confirm the proper charge rate in addition to adding Mineral Oil.
And, the oil should be added when the Electrolyte level drops and then top off to the proper level with Distilled Water. Drawing off Electrolyte to make room for the Mineral Oil is not a good idea since it will dilute the Electrolyte and that is a whole other story.
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