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 09-02-2003, 20:14 Post: 63097
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This is a definite DO item with the compact tractors with the battery in front of the radiator. You may not notice it much when used for short periods. After long periods of use such as 2 - 3 hours or more is when this condition appears. Check the battery compartment for battery acid which has vaporized or leaked from the battery caps. If it emits enough it will get drawn into the radiator and wreck havok with the metals later on down the road. I checked mine again after 3.5 hrs. of cutting and the battery caps were moist. I wash it down after each use now and plan to buy an Optima battery in the future. I posted about this before but wanted to follow up. Mine does not do it near as much as it did initially (perhaps due to the level filled at the factory) It is not apparent with the naked eye at first. If you happen to be working in dusty conditions, you can see where the dust has been absorbed into the battery acid at it is VERY apparent then. It is not a matter of over charging or bad battery. John Deere has a PIP for this but my battery already has it applied and it still has the problem. Just a heads up for the rest of you.






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 09-03-2003, 00:29 Post: 63106
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No problems with mine thus far. What is Deere's fix?






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 09-03-2003, 00:33 Post: 63107
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Chief, when did you take delivery on your 4410? Do you know if Deere has made running changes on newer machines? I'm curious if my 4310 already has the fix since I keep looking for problems but haven't seen any so far.






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 09-03-2003, 07:53 Post: 63118
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None yet. It would be too easy for John Deere to use an Optima battery and pass on the added cost to the consumer. I would pay the extra $25. I may take the battery out and use it in something else and replace it with an Optima battery. Thing is I need to find an Optima battery model that has the hold down ears on the bottom sides like the John Deere battery.






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 09-03-2003, 07:56 Post: 63119
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Ken, your tractor is newer than mine so maybe they did something to fix the problem on yours. I have the Hibernator battery in mine. What kind of battery is in yours?






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 09-03-2003, 08:14 Post: 63121
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 Check and clean your battery compartment after each use!

Chief;
I am not sure that Deere gives much thought to who's OEM battery they are using on their machines they may treat them like a commodity that they need to allow the tractor to move out the door. For some companies this is a dealer prep item therefore the dealer supplies the battery and it is only covered under the battery manufacturers warranty.
Twenty-five dollars does not seem like much to you and I especially considering the amount of extra maintenance that a leaking battery creates, but it is a lot to a manufacturer.
I wish that they would reconsider the location as what may be OK for a larger tractor is definately excessive pounding on a smaller rig.
I as I recall I think Mark said the Kubota moved it to the center on the BX?






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 09-03-2003, 08:48 Post: 63124
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Chief, I have the hibernator in mine as well. I happen to have a voltmeter that records the highest voltage measured. Just for curiosity, next time I take the tractor out I'll hook that voltmeter up and see what kind of voltage the charging system is putting out.






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 09-03-2003, 08:58 Post: 63126
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It would be VERY interesting to see what it records? I am going to check mine again with the volt meter. I think a good part of the problem is that the battery sits against the trans. oil cooler radiator. This can get pretty warm and cause the battery acid to heat up and expand more than normal. All the vibration and jumping around does not help either.






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 09-03-2003, 11:30 Post: 63134
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I think the offroad crowd uses acid resistant foam pads under their batteries to reduce vibration. Heat and overvoltage contribute, but my guess is that sloshing acid is the major culprit. Of course I may be wrong..






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What did Deere do exactly to fix your problem? How do I get it done?






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