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mlts22

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Posted: 06/26/12 09:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The batteries are the least of the worries. I'd be at a hand held car wash dousing the bed with soap from the brush, rinsing it off, and repeating a few times so there is no residual acid eating at anything. Even with a bedliner, it can run between the liner and the vehicle (assuming a drop-in liner) and wreak havoc.

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jauguston wrote:

If there is any water left in the battery dump some into a container and check the specific gravity. Mix water and battery acid to get the same specific gravity and use that to refill.


The SG of the original battery will tell you its state of charge. What is the state of charge of battery acid from the store? I'd think matching Ph might make more sense if he needs to match anything.

When I've purchased dry batteries, the acid has always come in the correct concentration. You just pour it in. I'd think he could just refill with acid. You're not supposed to refill with acid during use because the loss is just water, but here he's actually lost acid, not water. There will be a loss of lead compounds dissolved in the acid he lost, but there's not much he can do about that. I'd expect them to be replaced from the lead plates into the new acid during the next charge cycle, which he'll need to do immediately.

Of course, that's really just guess work for me, I'm all ears to hear other suggestions.


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Bonefish wrote:

Learjet wrote:

i would be more worried about my truck




Wet down and sprinkle baking soda over the spill area it will neutralize the acid. Try to get the baking soda fluid into every area that has come in contact with the acid to prevent it causing corrosion.

And battery acid from NAPA, straight from the bottle into each cell to the normal fill point (it is elecrolite and is at the proper concentration), place on charger to fully charge and you should be good to go.


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Water level isn't WATER anymore, it was battery acid. NAPA straight from the box and top them off. The truck bed is more important and the faster you act the better it will be. There is also battery cleaner at NAPA, but it is basically spray on baking soda.
Lots of rinsing, but without the baking soda you are just washing acid into the driveway/lawn/street it is a hazard.


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Posted: 06/26/12 01:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Learjet wrote:

i would be more worried about my truck


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Wet down and sprinkle baking soda over the spill area it will neutralize the acid. Try to get the baking soda fluid into every area that has come in contact with the acid to prevent it causing corrosion.

And battery acid from NAPA, straight from the bottle into each cell to the normal fill point (it is elecrolite and is at the proper concentration), place on charger to fully charge and you should be good to go.





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Posted: 06/27/12 09:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I took care of the truck thanks to a big bag of bakingsoda from Costco.
Now looking at the batteries the fluid seems to be at the same level in each cell andis covering the plates. Where do I go from here? Can I just fill with distilled water or do I need to add acid?

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Ouch, that is not a good thing for the truck bed. Like others said, start neutralizing it ASAP. If it was me, I'd make a baking soda paste and be watering it down every day for a week. Don't forget the tail gate hinges.

Refilling with battery acid, available at most auto parts stores, will probably work fine.


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Posted: 06/28/12 09:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would put back exactly what spilled, battery acid.




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The liquid you lost out of the cells is not water and it is not battery acid. It is a mixture of both that is determined by the state of charge of the battery at the time of the spill. If the battery was fully charged the liquid would be pretty close to straight battery acid. If it was dead the liquid would be pretty much straight water. That is why a dead battery will freeze when it gets really cold.

To do it right you need to replace the missing liquid with a liquid that is the same specific gravity as what is in the cells now. You can do that as I suggested in my earlier post by mixing battery acid with water and using a hydrometer get the specific gravity of the new replacement fluid to the same SG as what is in the battery.

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Posted: 06/27/12 09:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NO acid required in my view. Do fully charge the batteries BEFORE adding distilled water.

You did loose some acid but if it is still over the plates it would not be a huge amount. If the batteries were discharged before the slip you lost less acid becuase specific gravity (SG) would have been lower.

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