Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 23:12:00 -0500
From: "Ben Millard" <>
Subject: Re: Exploding battery

janderson25 wrote in message <01bdfb82$381eba20$06b137a6nopsamult>... Yep, a dead short can cause this, have your voltage regulator and starter-circuit checked. > >corosives throughout the engine, belts, hoses. > >Any thoughts?? Right ON, you've got highly reactive acids (Not to mention lead, which is enough to get you on the WAY wrong side of the EPA) everywhere. Wash the engine compartment maniacally. High-pressure water is not required, though it will get further into the nooks and crannies. What's important here is VOLUME. If you can't carry it off, you want to dilute it. You might want to REPLACE the under-hood insulation. It can hold the acid inside the (few) pores, as well as lead-shrapnel. (Imagine a flake of that stuff hitting a vent on the alternator) Remember that baking soda activly neutralizes acid, but it is not very good for finishes, moving parts, and electric contact. (Which is worse, the headlight connector full of acid or being dipped in a light baking-soda solution an rinsed?) If you were in Chicago, I'd say it'd be time for a weekend SAAB picnic-and-car-wash. Flip the burgers with one hand while aiming the hose into the engine bay with the other! BEn

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