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My battery blew up tonight

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by thatK30guy, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Yep, I went to start my '85 K30 and BOOM!!! Smoke started to come out of the hood.

    I quickly got out and popped the hood open to see the battery blew up. The whole top had blown off the case. Acid everywhere on the passenger side compartment.

    This battery was just over 5 years old anyways. So, it was time for a new one. BTW, this battery was the Interstate 1000 CCA. It lasted me for quite some time and never gave me trouble til tonight. [​IMG]

    Anybody else have any interesting stories with batteries?

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  2. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    I had this buddy when I was a kid, who was checking the water in the battery at night and didn't have a flashlight so he used a lighter. Not the smartest guy in the world but we were young and dumb. So after it blew up in his face we had to drag him inside and fill the sink full of water and damn near drown him to get that acid out of his eyes and off his face.He was OK after 2 hours at the ER[​IMG]

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  3. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    Bummer!! I had one (Duralast) that the negative post had broken away from - I took it to Autozone, and the idiot put the load tester on it and told me it was good, and not to worry about it - despite the fact that you could actually grab the post and lift it off the battery. I argued with the moron for close to half an hour before the manager finally came out and gave me a new one.

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  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I had a near new Die Hard Gold battery fall off the tray when the mount broke...and it landed on the alternator...which ate a hole in the side of the battery...which then coated the entire underhood area with battery acid.[​IMG]

    Never had one explode though...must be a Kansass thang.[​IMG]

    Rene

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  5. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    Sounds like a terroist PLOT!
    There most likly to blow when they are low on electrolite. When they are low the plate is not fully submerged and where its out of the acid it's corroding.
    The byproduct of the chemical reaction between the hydrocloric acid electrolite and the led plates under load or charging is hydrogen. Yes as in Hydrogen bomb. This is why batteries have vents. it needs to expel that gas. What happend is the electrolight was low so it had a larger amount of gas sitting in a cell and when you went to crank it a connection at one of the plates failed creating a spark and BOOM!
    Baking soda my friend and make a paste to neutralize that acid before it rots the fenders off.

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  6. Twiz

    Twiz 1/2 ton status

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    They also sell battery cleaner sprays. Some of them change color when they react to acid, which is helpfull tracing the acid spill. So you can make sure you get all of the acid cleaned up. Then you jus wash off the foam after it sitts for awhile.

    use safety glasses when messing around with batterys
    That acid is nasty. It'll burn you skin, and will blind you if you get it in your eyes! This is a perfect example of what can happen. Thank gawd he didn't try to jump start it.

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  7. solowookie

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    about 16 years ago my father had 4, yea four batteries blow up on him! (man talk about luck! it was on all him farm equipment, and 1 truck)...

    2 of these he was jumping, and I tell ya what I neverever stick my head over a battery now... especially when I'm hook up jumper cables.

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    That's why your supose to connect the ground last and connect it to the block to get some distance.

    I don't need no damn shop manual, I got a pornographic memory.
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    oh believe me I am an absolute expert at using jumper cables. I used to have to jump the farm equipment every morning to get it started so I could feed... [​IMG]

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    i was young and stoopid, and tried to get mad air of a speed bump a few years back. it was a mean ass speed bump and was doing about 50. well the battery tore off the brackets and fell into the good ol flex a lite, and the fan won. it sent pieces of battery everwhere, and didn't impress my date in the least, i was pissed, but it was funny.

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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I dropped a carburator that was full of fuel on my battery once. It didn't blow up or damage my truck, but it definitely scared the S*** out of me. I was climbing over the radiator support with it when it slipped out of my hands--I'd never even thought it'd land on the battery. Man were those flames huge!! After it was over I was defiintely checking my shorts and thanking God nothing bad happened. Well, besides the fact that I burned all the skin off my right hand pretty much. It took a few weeks for it to grow back.

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    Redfrog 1/2 ton status

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    I had a battery on a 10-ton chevy blow up in my face once.
    as soon as I touched the positive cable to take it off BOOM!
    I thought I was blinded. it sucked bad I ruined my favorite shirt!!!!!

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    I can relate, friend of mine decided to pull a Monster Truck Jam move off of a dirt mound. Gotta admit it looked cool, a good 6 feet of air and fireworks on the landing. Had a dual battery setup and forgot that neither had been bolted down yet. oops!

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    Same thing happened to a CJ5 (304V8 w/4-spd) that I used to own, but it happened to my wife. She drove the CJ to work that day and when she went to start it for the drive home, BOOM!! Acid all underneath the hood, on the paint, engine, etc. Thankfully, a guy she worked with had a clue and hosed down the CJ while my wife called me to bring a new battery. Go figure... it never happened again.

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  15. White Knight

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    Had a Jeep, yeah the White Knight had a Jeep, a big Wagoneer, it blew batteries up once a year, overcharging the batt, and hydrogen and a spark and instant six bumps on the hood where the caps hit, got smart and bought a auto zone batt, and when it blew I just went down and got another, check the regulator make sure you're not overcharging.

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    Glad there was very little damage other then you ears most likely. I had to work on a truck that had this happen a while back and it was kinda hard not to laugh when the owner came to pick it up he had no eyebrows [​IMG], guess it was a good think he was bald LOL.

    Yeah those Interstates are good batterys... but they do need water on ocassion. You might want to think about a maintance free battery. Sometimes it comes back to haunt ya, but I can't say I've ever heard of a sealed battery blowing up like that.

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