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Old 11-14-2008, 07:03 AM   #1
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Just had a battery explode on me and nobody can say why. Battery had "L" shaped crack on top, separated by about a 1/4" wide and high, between 2 battery caps and all cells were totally dry. No side buldge apparent. Dealer said it could have been a "bad" battery, had a "leak and a spark cause the explosion", etc. There has to be a reason!?!?!?!

Battery that exploded is the middle one of the 3 house batteries and all batteries were secured correctly. All other batteries checked out in great condition.

Dealer had just checked the charging system about 3 months ago and noted all is perfect and checked again still was good.

Batteries were all within a year old. Interstate wouldn't warrant the battery due to it "blowing up"???

Batteries, cables and water, are religiously checked every 30 days for levels, have the automatic fill system, which now I have to get a new one because the battery blew it apart!!

Any comments on the "unknown cause" for a battery, all of a sudden, blowing????

Any comments are welcomed.

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Just had a battery explode on me and nobody can say why. Battery had "L" shaped crack on top, separated by about a 1/4" wide and high, between 2 battery caps and all cells were totally dry. No side buldge apparent. Dealer said it could have been a "bad" battery, had a "leak and a spark cause the explosion", etc. There has to be a reason!?!?!?!

Battery that exploded is the middle one of the 3 house batteries and all batteries were secured correctly. All other batteries checked out in great condition.

Dealer had just checked the charging system about 3 months ago and noted all is perfect and checked again still was good.

Batteries were all within a year old. Interstate wouldn't warrant the battery due to it "blowing up"???

Batteries, cables and water, are religiously checked every 30 days for levels, have the automatic fill system, which now I have to get a new one because the battery blew it apart!!

Any comments on the "unknown cause" for a battery, all of a sudden, blowing????

Any comments are welcomed.

David
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:09 AM   #3
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A cracked internal connection bar between the cells or the pos/neg lugs can cause a spark that ignites the hydrogen air mix inside the battery.
I had that happen once with a pickup battery when I was starting it.
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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All bat. blow ups are caused by the same things 0ne the ever pressents of H2 and O2 gas and two an ignition sourse may be a spark from a loss connector or a defect inside of the battery. This is why battery maintanace is so important. Trying to figure it out after the fact is very hard some times. Hope the clean up goes well.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:15 PM   #5
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You were VERY lucky! Please wear goggles when near battery's. For it to explode there had to have been very low water in the battery & FUME took its place. I read that you keep good maintenance so I do not know how the level got low. I have seen one case where a new battery was placed in a truck & there was a small screw under it that thru vibration made a hole in the battery & when the liquid is gone all that is left is FUME = Bang! I am restating this as I had put it on an earlier post. The power of the FUME in a battery is awesome!

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For 31 years I did repair maintenance on large trucks. Listen to this carefully! Before you remove or play around any battery make sure it is filled with water! If you can see the plates that means all that area where the water is missing is FUMES! A small spark inside the battery plates & Boom! I Just changed a marine one today that was almost empty. I removed the caps with goggles on & filled it to the top with water BEFORE I moved that potential bomb. I have seen some REAL impressive explosion damage from batteries.
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How about that - another report of a battery going ballistic!
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