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Old 09-01-2006, 12:57 AM   #11
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Dont drive the car at all until the alt is inspected...it could happen again and possibly cause a fire
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A battery doesn't usually explode.

While we can not tell you the cause of that occurring. We are mentioning items that can save you from having the problem again.

Take the alternator off and test it, or risk another exploded battery. No one can tell you any amount of time w/o knowing if the alternator is bad.

When you cleaned..did you use a lot of bading soda to neutralize the acid.
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I wouldn't drive the car at all until I had the alternator tested. You're probably going to find the voltage regulator (it'* internal) is bad and your battery was being overcharged.

Ditto on the above and the baking soda. I'd use a pressure washer or strong water spray under the hood (avoid engine components) to make sure you've neutralized all the acid.
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A battery doesn't usually explode.

While we can not tell you the cause of that occurring. We are mentioning items that can save you from having the problem again.

Take the alternator off and test it, or risk another exploded battery. No one can tell you any amount of time w/o knowing if the alternator is bad.

When you cleaned..did you use a lot of bading soda to neutralize the acid.
I probably wont be driving it anywhere after the new battery is put in until I have the alternator checked, and the good news is that my uncle says thats a not a biggie getting it off to take and have tested. And as for the baking soda, I didnt use any when I cleaned the Acid off the body but when I get home from work tonight ill take water with lots of baking soda and clean it off really good. I dont need anymore holes in my hoses or anything else! Thanks for all the advice guys, it really helps!
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A battery doesn't usually explode.

While we can not tell you the cause of that occurring. We are mentioning items that can save you from having the problem again.
I agree with that. I had a boat battery chafe some wires and cross them (pos and neg touch) and the battery got so how it melted the wing nuts right to the studs on the battery! it never blew up though. won't hold a charge now but didn't blow up.

not only can autozone check your alt but they can also check the draw on the battery as well. so once you get it road worthy i'd take it to them and have them wheel their little cart out there and test the whole charging system. its free, so why not!
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I agree with that. I had a boat battery chafe some wires and cross them (pos and neg touch) and the battery got so how it melted the wing nuts right to the studs on the battery! it never blew up though. won't hold a charge now but didn't blow up.

not only can autozone check your alt but they can also check the draw on the battery as well. so once you get it road worthy i'd take it to them and have them wheel their little cart out there and test the whole charging system. its free, so why not!
Good idea, ill ask autozone to take a look and let me know for sure on that one. Im not sure about the battery "exploding" but I cant explain why I would hear a POP like a gun shot and when you look down at the battery itself, instead of the sides being boxed shaped they're bowed out almost an inch on either side of it. Either way, it didn't look pretty. =( poor bonneville. [/quote]
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well if its been leaking i guess batterys could do some odd things. replace the battery and have her checked out. if it all looks good then i'd not worry a whole lot about it.

still don't know why the car would give you trouble moving though, unless the whole electrical system was shorting out maybe.

Hey, does anyone know if its possible that if the battery lost most of its fluid and corroded inside it could short out internaly? cause isn't a battery just like a really large capicitor? Capicitors can blow if they are overcharged or wired wrong so if thats the case maybe... if the battery shorted out then i supose that it could mess with spark and cause the car to run bad. if thats what happened i'd be worried about other electrical systems! but one step at a time i supose.
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I agree with that. I had a boat battery chafe some wires and cross them (pos and neg touch) and the battery got so how it melted the wing nuts right to the studs on the battery! it never blew up though. won't hold a charge now but didn't blow up.

not only can autozone check your alt but they can also check the draw on the battery as well. so once you get it road worthy i'd take it to them and have them wheel their little cart out there and test the whole charging system. its free, so why not!
Good idea, ill ask autozone to take a look and let me know for sure on that one. Im not sure about the battery "exploding" but I cant explain why I would hear a POP like a gun shot and when you look down at the battery itself, instead of the sides being boxed shaped they're bowed out almost an inch on either side of it. Either way, it didn't look pretty. =( poor bonneville.
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Overcharging a battery results in generation of hydrogen gas, which is highly explosive. I wouldn't even hook up the new battery until you tested the alternator.
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... if the battery shorted out then i supose that it could mess with spark and cause the car to run bad. if thats what happened i'd be worried about other electrical systems! but one step at a time i supose.
Nooooo... I hope its just something that isnt too involved. The car has 199500 miles on it... I was going to have a party for it when it hit 200 thousand! Just missed it by 500 so thats why im also concerned and iv been thinking about getting something else to drive, but I reeeeally like the car and would like to keep it. But if it turns into a train wreck ill have to suck it up and let it go.
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... if the battery shorted out then i supose that it could mess with spark and cause the car to run bad. if thats what happened i'd be worried about other electrical systems! but one step at a time i supose.
Nooooo... I hope its just something that isnt too involved. The car has 199500 miles on it... I was going to have a party for it when it hit 200 thousand! Just missed it by 500 so thats why im also concerned and iv been thinking about getting something else to drive, but I reeeeally like the car and would like to keep it. But if it turns into a train wreck ill have to suck it up and let it go.
Don't write it off yet. there are PLENTY of cars arround here that are in the 200,000 + range. they'll make it, the 3800'* are good engines.
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