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Old 04-18-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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Water in Battery Box

Getting ready for a trip and hubby wanted to test battery. Battery dead. Opened the battery box and it was full of water. We have not driven in the rain so we were shocked. Any ideas how this could happen and how to prevent it again.
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:25 AM   #2
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Are you positive it is water?
Check the battery for bulges as it could have split.
Time to pull the batteries and do a good cleanup and possibly replace the batteries.
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:42 AM   #3
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This happened in my 2016 MicroMinnie as well. Winter snow accumulations on top of battery box, then melting, caused mine to fill with water. I simply removed both batteries and drilled a few drain holes into bottom of plastic battery boxes. Problem solved.
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Are you positive it is water?
Check the battery for bulges as it could have split.
Time to pull the batteries and do a good cleanup and possibly replace the batteries.
Batter New. Just bought The Minnie in dec 2017 and only used 2 times
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:41 PM   #5
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Just bought Minnie in Dec. only used 2 times. But I’ll have hubby check. The liquid was water only by looking and smelling.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for answering. Just wondering how water could get into a sealed box
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If you look closely you’ll see the plastic battery boxes are vented on top. They do fill with water unless you drill a few holes on the bottom for drainage.
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Batter New. Just bought The Minnie in dec 2017 and only used 2 times
Are you in a cold climate in Dec with possibility of freezing?
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:44 PM   #9
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As others have said it could be water getting in from vents or condensation. I always drill a couple of drain holes to handle the condensation and other extraneous water. If you live in a cold climate and the battery was not fully charged it could freeze and crack as well. Be careful as if it is a cracked battery it was filled with and acid solution that can cause severe chemical burns.
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We finally found that and problems solved. Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:11 PM   #11
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“Just wondering how water could get into a sealed box”

Battery boxes are not “sealed.” Look again at the lids. I drilled a hole in the bottom of both my boxes for drainage but not all agree with this mod...Trojan T125s.
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“Are you in a cold climate in Dec with possibility of freezing?”

Charged batteries won’t freeze,Wayne, unless it gets to minus 90F or so.
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