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Thread: Hit the start button and...BANG.

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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..

    Cheers Ean
    D1 97 tdi gone and Forgotten
    D2 01 TD5 with party pack option.
    Chipmonks,Killerwasps and 3Amigo's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ean Austral View Post
    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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    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.


    Cheers Ean
    D1 97 tdi gone and Forgotten
    D2 01 TD5 with party pack option.
    Chipmonks,Killerwasps and 3Amigo's
    Gone but not forgotten
    Now...D3 08 TDV6 sweet


    LIFE BEGINS IN LOW RANGE

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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.


    Martyn

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    Jeez. I hope no one was near them. Much acid damage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover View Post
    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

    Cheers Ean
    D1 97 tdi gone and Forgotten
    D2 01 TD5 with party pack option.
    Chipmonks,Killerwasps and 3Amigo's
    Gone but not forgotten
    Now...D3 08 TDV6 sweet


    LIFE BEGINS IN LOW RANGE

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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.
    Dave

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuuu View Post
    THE PRAWNS EAN, THE PRAWNS, TELL US YOU SAVED THE PRAWNS, PLEASE TELL US YOU SAVED THEM.



    SAVED, STUUU.. they are along way from the batteries.



    Cheers Ean
    D1 97 tdi gone and Forgotten
    D2 01 TD5 with party pack option.
    Chipmonks,Killerwasps and 3Amigo's
    Gone but not forgotten
    Now...D3 08 TDV6 sweet


    LIFE BEGINS IN LOW RANGE

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