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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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My 08 Precident had been sitting a month and my wife jumped on it and tried to take her for a spin. Well, she didn't get far! I had to tow it home. Yes, I flipped the tow/run switch. Water was down to the top of the plates so I added a little distilled to just cover the plates. Put it on the Power Drive 2 charger. It charged for about 10 mins and as I was in the house I heard a loud explosion outside! I knew right away it was a battery. These are about 1 1/2 year old US Batteries. All the connections are clean and tight. Must have been something inside the battery??? Don't know if I should just replace the battery? Cables? Not really sure? I hope my OBC and controller are okay. What are y'alls thoughts?
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: My Battery Exploded!

Could be a bad cell in the battery. Full of hydrogen and a spark are bad things..
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: My Battery Exploded!

At least you didnt have a fill system, and get them all, like i did... And yes, i was driving it when this happened.
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Unread 08-27-2014, 09:55 PM   #4
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Y'all think I should just replace the battery and check things from there?
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Unread 08-27-2014, 11:26 PM   #5
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At least you didnt have a fill system, and get them all, like i did... And yes, i was driving it when this happened.
Fill systems are like fuses connecting the bombs...
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Unread 08-28-2014, 07:15 AM   #6
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Default Re: My Battery Exploded!

Was there a fire with this explosion? Or did the battery pop like a balloon with no fire?
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Was there a fire with this explosion? Or did the battery pop like a balloon with no fire?

No fire thank god, it just popped!
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Unread 08-28-2014, 09:39 AM   #8
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One correction, pulled the battery this morning and it has a date code of F 1 so they were 3 years old in June! Where does the time go???
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Unread 08-28-2014, 10:18 AM   #9
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No fire thank god, it just popped!
My guess is that the gases from electrolysis built up too much pressure and bam! The vent holes may have been blocked.
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Unread 08-28-2014, 05:35 PM   #10
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If you are still thinking about replacing one bad battery (even though the pack is 3 years old) - the only way to keep the old ones from killing a new battery - is THIS interesting device invented/created by Sergio. Read his outline closely and decide if you want to try it. Three years is pushing it - but that will certainly give his passive battery device a tough test!
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