Batteries Do Explode
Posted October 10, 2011 - 04:19 PM
Todays story goes like this
Dad put a charger on the battery in my 1655/1855 and left it there over night last night. The battery has a drain that I need to find. ANyway at 7 this morning he went to the shed and the charger was down to less than a amp and he was walking over to the wall to unplug the extension cord to the charger. Dad was about 20 feet away when he heard an explosion he described as loud as a 10 Ga Shotgun. He turned around and the battery was gone, acid all over the tractor several engines and several implements. 2 hrs later he had found one battery cap and lots of plastic but thats all.
The moral of the story " be damn careful" they do explode and I am lucky dad had his back turned. I would have been a very sad son had he been bent over the battery or looking at it when it exploded.
Just another lesson learned in life
Posted October 10, 2011 - 04:21 PM
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Posted October 10, 2011 - 04:39 PM
The next time Mom washed my blue jeans, she thought I'd been caught in a fence or something as the back of the cuffs were shredded from the battery acid. ~~ grnspot
Posted October 10, 2011 - 04:52 PM
Posted October 10, 2011 - 07:41 PM
One question, was it on high or low charge overnight? I've heard that the multi charge rate chargers shouldn't be left on very long above the 2 amp setting for this reason.
Posted October 10, 2011 - 09:01 PM
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Posted October 10, 2011 - 09:43 PM
There was not a piece over 4" square and schrapnel all over the garage, Sure am glad no one was in the garage when it happened.
Posted October 10, 2011 - 09:44 PM
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Posted October 10, 2011 - 10:06 PM
Back in the '70s dad was jump starting an 861 Ford diesel and I think he hooked up the cables backwards WHILE standing right over it. The shrapnel bloodied his face and acid got in his eyes, we figured he would be blind but after a good rinse and a trip to ER he was OK. I remember him wearing dark glasses for several days.
The next time was in 1989. We ran a salvage yard and had sold an engine from a wrecked car. After we backed it in the shop with the wrecker and blocked it up I got on the bottom side and started to remove bolts. Dad was to start on the top side and while removing the battery ~~~ BOOM! I knew what it was and shut my eyes tight. Acid rained all over me but I knew if I tried to get out I would be tempted to open my eyes so I just lay there on the creeper. Dad took my feet and slid me out from under the car and said keep those eyes closed! He lead me to the house and helped me strip off and put me in the shower. In 20 minutes I was back in business. I was real lucky!
Posted October 10, 2011 - 10:31 PM
I was real lucky!
Very very lucky I'd say.
Posted October 11, 2011 - 05:00 AM
I have had that happen once,and for absolutely no reason. Was driving a long years a go in my trusty
Ford Escort ,and right out of the blue,bang,and the car died.There was no warning previously,strangest thing.