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Old 08-16-2015, 10:59 PM   #1
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Water in inverter compartment, how come?

banff np has been raining in past two days. last night when i checked batteries, i noticed some water on them. i further investigated it and found the water was dripping through the seams/screws from the inverter compartment, which is right above the batteries about half depth in the battery bay. through inverter access door, i saw some wet areas on the bottom. since there was not any puddle of water or water was not deep enough the inverter and main fuse were not affected. i looked it closely but unable to determine where the water could possibly get there. after wiped it as much as possible, i drove 20 miles today, in rain, the dripping happened again. from the rusty screws/seams, it must have long been like that, just don't know if it's from day one. i wonder if any cc owners have run into such situation and what was the cause.
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This is a new one for me. Are there any after market wires coming into the compartment? If so, I would start there
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calling all intrigue owners (other models may apply), look at the passenger side rear wheel wall adjacent to the battery bay. there is an about 6" long verticle narrow opening. why there is such an opening i don't know, i am guessing the water was from there splashed by wheel spinning on the wet road... i blocked it with aluminum foil tape for now. will see if it cures.
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Batteries must be able to ventilate! Never seal off a battery compartment or the gases could explode. Better to build a splash shield of some sort to deflect the water.
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the said opening is to the inverter compartment. i guess it was for ventilation of inverter. however, the intention is sound but it will also introduce dust and water from flying tires. i agree there should be a water deflector there. apparently the opening is not a good design.
in my case, i am not using flooded/agm/gel batteries, there is no gasing issue.
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