Your tractor, combine and sprayer all rely on batteries to keep them functional and efficient. Don’t be caught with a drained or dead battery next spring – properly store and monitor your batteries throughout the winter to hit the ground running when fields thaw.
Step 1: Clean & Inspect
Prep your batteries for storage by clearing away any leaves, dust, dirt or corrosion from this season’s hard work. Debris can be a collection point for moisture, which creates an electrical pathway to drain power away from the battery. Carefully wipe down the battery and its terminals before any prolonged storage.
As you clean, check the exterior for any dents or cracks, commonly caused by off-road applications and high vibration during intense use. These can be signs of damage which can potentially leak dangerous chemicals housed inside the battery.
Step 2: Charge & Test
Freezing is the largest risk to batteries during the winter. Left uncharged or drained, battery acid can begin freezing at 20° F (similar to that of water). As liquid freezes it expands, which can damage battery plates and lead to inefficiency and even total battery failure. Charged batteries are able to better withstand winter’s cold temperatures, which is why preventing battery drain is crucial.
Prior to storage, use a battery tester to check the voltage and battery performance. The older the battery, the more difficulty it may have maintaining a charge. Batteries unable to hold a full charge are at higher risk for freezing and failure.
Step 3: Protect & Monitor
Extend battery life and prevent freezing by storing batteries in an insulated environment and using a battery maintainer. Maintainers automatically charge batteries when they detect a drop in energy, keeping batteries powered and protected against freezing throughout the winter. Without a maintainer, it is important to periodically check and charge batteries.
Continually check your equipment during the winter, keeping an eye for any batteries that appear “swollen” – This can be a sign that power drainage has led to interior freezing and expansion.
Case IH MagnaPower™ batteries are designed and tested for Case IH equipment and to withstand harsh conditions. They are also maintenance-free, which means more peace-of-mind for you during the winter. To learn more, contact your local Case IH dealer or visit mycnhistore.com.