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Old 29th October 2010, 07:40 PM
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Hit the start button and...BANG.

Gday All,
Went to go to work tonight and as soon as we hit the start button for the Cummins this happened.

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Easy decision about whether to change them or not..
The flame that shot out of 1 was a beauty blew the lid clean off the battery box.

Thankfully the engine start is a long way from the batteries..

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Old 29th October 2010, 07:52 PM
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Gday All,
Went to go to work tonight and as soon as we hit the start button for the Cummins this happened.

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Easy decision about whether to change them or not..
The flame that shot out of 1 was a beauty blew the lid clean off the battery box.

Thankfully the engine start is a long way from the batteries..

Cheers Ean
Hmm - scary stuff... Better not show that to my better half. She or I sit on top of 2 of those in the 110 - (depending on who is driving...)

Are they still under warranty?
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Old 29th October 2010, 07:59 PM
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3 months out of warrenty...

I have seen 1 explode before but not 2, these are the first of this brand I have had it happen to and been using them for 5 yrs so( the batteries aren't that old) not sure what to think..


Atleast the seat is between you and the batteries.


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Old 29th October 2010, 08:03 PM
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Saw the same thing happen to batteries on a Mack - air start, consensus was they were down on water and must have internally shorted.


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Old 29th October 2010, 08:04 PM
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Jeez. I hope no one was near them. Much acid damage?
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Old 29th October 2010, 08:10 PM
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Jeez. I hope no one was near them. Much acid damage?
Not really they sit in a fibreglass box that stops them moving the acid went out the vent holes and cleaned the alloy floor plates up nice, the lid has a big black mark on it where the flame/and force blew it off.. and I was about 15 feet away and had to change me undies...so no it couldve been alot worse..lucky I bring planty of undies to sea with me..

the joys of sealed batteries

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fairly typical result for one of 2 things.

1. uncovered plates
2. batteries that are too low in the CCA department for the starting current.
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seen an N200 blow the top completly off and the lid of the box it was fitted into. Acid every where. was in the engine room of a 47ft boat. No problem found with the charging systems, must have had a major internal short.
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THE PRAWNS EAN, THE PRAWNS, TELL US YOU SAVED THE PRAWNS, PLEASE TELL US YOU SAVED THEM.
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SAVED, STUUU.. they are along way from the batteries.



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