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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-16-2015 Thread Starter
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My battery just exploded....

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I have a 2014 GT and keep the OEM battery on a Genius charger/trickler.... Removed that tonight, closed hood, turned on ignition and the battery exploded out the top and sides. WOW! That is freaking scary...

I drove the car a couple of months ago to get inspected and it has been sitting since May...

What happened? Acid poured out the bottom of car... Can I just put on protective gear and remove the old battery and reinstall?!?! Not sure what to do here.

Thanks for any advice,

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015
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mix up a $hitl*ad of baking soda and water into a paste and get it EVERYWHERE any acid made contact with ANYTHING.

Sulfuric acid is VERY CORROSIVE.

get that old battery out of there NOW.

You haven't started yet?

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mix up a $hitl*ad of baking soda and water into a paste and get it EVERYWHERE any acid made contact with ANYTHING.

Sulfuric acid is VERY CORROSIVE.

get that old battery out of there NOW.

You haven't started yet?

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+1 Get the old battery out and clean everything. It'll make a mess of your paint and start to eat metal.

I can't say for sure but you may be able to get a warranty claim if the battery was defective. Although I wonder if the trickle charger might have overcharged the battery, in which case the Ford warranty won't cover it.
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Your charging of the battery produced gas. Small spark and BOOM!!

In the past this was much more common, but get that acid neutralized ASAP!

No, this is not a warranty item...
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Wow, that's scary.

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I thought exploding batteries was an urban legend, a myth, or at least a thing of the past . . . apparently not!

The spark and explosion had to be inside the battery; not sure how that works?

But yeah, scary stuff for sure. Careful with that acid . . .

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When charging a lead/acid battery, you should always do so in a well ventilated area. During charging process, gasses are released and are VERY explosive. The gasses tend to collect in pockets such as under the hood if it is lowered while charging. I've had this happen before too, many years ago. That's why there is an exact procedure for jumper cable connections when boosting a car with a low battery (I know this was not your case, just throwing it out there). It's all about the gasses and sparks. Bad business... Sorry for you turn of events though. As others have said, remove the old battery ASAP and neutralize the residual acid residue. A baking soda compound works pretty well, and there are commercial products that may be more effective. It really will eat right through the metal with time. Good luck...


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thanks everyone for the suggestions. Baking soda in a spray bottle with water seemed to work. Sprayed and dumped it everywhere I could.

The old battery split right down the middle front to back and blew the caps off.

New battery installed and everything seems ok.

Im going to switch battery charger brands just in case. I was using a Genius 3500...which seems like a really nice unit.

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FYI, mine did the same thing a few months ago, except I drive mine every day and it was not on a charger the night before, or anytime for that matter.

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FYI, mine did the same thing a few months ago, except I drive mine every day and it was not on a charger the night before, or anytime for that matter.

Oh man I hope I never experience this. Glad you were OK tho OP I've heard of people having this happen to them while they were jumping the car and got acid all over the vehicle and themselves. Thanks for letting us know
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Your charging of the battery produced gas. Small spark and BOOM!!

In the past this was much more common, but get that acid neutralized ASAP!

No, this is not a warranty item...
Just wondering why this would not be a warranty item? Because he used a charger on it? I don't think that should void a warranty. While it is a "wear" item, the battery did not just die, it exploded.

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Just wondering why this would not be a warranty item? Because he used a charger on it? I don't think that should void a warranty. While it is a "wear" item, the battery did not just die, it exploded.
If it's the result of a defective battery then I don't see why it wouldn't be eligible for warranty coverage-albeit prorated.

If it's due to the maintenance charger overcharging the battery then it wouldn't be covered. I have a feeling this is the cause.
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FYI, mine did the same thing a few months ago, except I drive mine every day and it was not on a charger the night before, or anytime for that matter.

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did you have a motorcraft battery? That is what mine was..original to the car...

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The battery was not defective. There are warning labels on it....never charge a lead acid battery in an enclosed space.
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Long ago riding in my dads truck driving down interstate battery blew up.

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