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Old 11 January 2003, 13:00   #1
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Battery Problems During Winter Time

This is an email I have received from Flanker which he kindly asked me to post in the Forum for the benefit of all


I had an absolute nightmare this afternoon. I went to start my car, but no power to even open the door with the fob. I opened it manually and tried to start it but flat as a pancake. I then went to open the bonnet where the battery is to check it, but the alarm system had closed it all down. I contacted the dealers and they told me how to bypass the security by shorting a fuse, I did this and go into the bonnet. The car has only done about 7k miles and is like brand new, I have had it from new, I thought I would check the water level in the battery before charging it, I took off the little lids and found the bloody thing was FROZEN. I decided to take it into the house to warm it up before trickle charging it. I know not to put them on concrete floors as that ruins them so I placed it on an upside down cardboard box from Xmas. I was in the kitchen and heard a thud, I went into the hall and the box had given way with the battery fallen onto my hall carpet, there was acid everywhere!!! I guess some of the acid in the cells must not have been frozen as the top still did look frozen. Anyway, I guess that if that can happen to a car the others may have to check their batteries on Ribs prior to starting it. I had to chuck loads of washing up bowls of water on the carpet and Vax it off to try and reduce the strength of the acid, Anyway my wife had just popped to the supermarket and came back to find me in a right state, I had also got some acid on my trousers and quickly put them in the downstairs toilet basin, turned on the tap and forgotten about it, my toilet was flooded as well. It is fully tiled so no damage there. Anyway as I have a 14mth old baby I decided to cut a chunk out of the hallway carpet as I can't risk her crawling on any acid. A very expensive mistake!! So perhaps you could warn others on my behalf re their batteries. I have contacted the dealers and they are sending someone to examine it on Monday, apparently it should not freeze until -30!! We only had -4.


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Old 11 January 2003, 13:11   #2
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Only flanker could manage that!

- take cover, anyone in the Bromley area, 'cos if he tries to charge the damn thing up, there's bound to be an explosion

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Old 11 January 2003, 14:55   #3
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Flanker is taking after Paul Lemmer in a big way. For those who do not know Paul he has a habit of managing to break anything that is serviceable. In the rib world it used to be known as Lemmerisation.

Need a good verb to describe the likely events when Flanker steps on board your rib, any suggestions ?

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Old 12 January 2003, 04:50   #4
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Yeh, yeh, life's tough..ho hum
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