Melting Positive battery terminals


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Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby bohdan » Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:02 am



Greetings Goldwingers, I had the same problem happen to my Gl1000. My positive battery terminal has partially melted. It naturally gets so hot that you can't touch it. ANybody have any ideas? Mighty obliged.



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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby redial » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:24 am

Remove the battery and clean the connections both on the battery and the leads. If it is a flooded type, make sure the fluid levels are correct, if not top up with some rainwater or distilled water. Get some electrolytic grease (not regular grease as it does not conduct as well), (radio shack? will sell it), and with the terminals all bright and clean, replace the battery back into the holdedr, and then put the leads back on. Tighten the connections firmly.

The reason for the melting is that too much is either going in or trying to get out of the battery. A cause is that the leads going to/from the battery are not allowing the voltage to transfer from one part to another. There is some resistance somewhere, and resistance is dissipated as heat. Take the GW for a short ride, and see if it is still too hot.

If it is still too hot, I would suggest you check all the grounds/earths on the GW, but that will take a while. So see how you go, and get back to us.
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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby bohdan » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:30 am

Thanks redial. I will clean them up all good and get the dielectric grease. Will keep you posted. Mighty obliged.

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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:14 am

If that does not work, you might also look in to replacing the main cable from the battery to the fuse block. I would guess that there is some corrosion build up in the cable. I had this happen to a old car I once owned, when I tried bending the main battery cable, it was a "crunchy" along the length of the cable, so I cut it open out of curiosity, it was all greenish inside from corrosion.
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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby Mh434 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:37 am

Uncle Fester has a good point! I, too, have seen + cables that looked fine on the end, but were seriously corroded away inside the sheath. That reduces the amount of copper for carrying the current, & increases heat dramatically...

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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby bohdan » Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:39 am

Thanks gentlemen. Did exactly that and "voila" terminals that I can touch without getting toasted. Mighty obliged....

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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:15 pm

Glad it is repaired, would hate to hear it left you stranded 100 miles from home kind of report. So, let me under stand right, new cable fixed it ?
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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby bohdan » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:28 am

Hey Uncle Fester,

I just followed Redials recommendations and that appears to do the trick. Thanks again

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Re: Melting Positive battery terminals

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:08 am

Cool, again, Glad you got it fixed !


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