Smoky battery is never good.
December 17, 2007 5:16 PM Subscribe
Why did my battery start to smoke in my lovely (but old) car?
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! to travel & transportation (10 answers total)
OK metafilter hive mind, do me this solid and tell me if any of you have run into this problem.
My poor little slant six 66 Dart would not start when I got into the car. I pulled the alternator, got it tested and it was bad. Good for me, an easy fix. So, I pulled my battery, charged it overnight on a battery charger, tossed it in my car this morning and started her up. She wouldn't turn over but that doesn't really mean much because she never turns over first try. The car was strong, it was getting power, all was fine.
Tried to start it again and nothing happened. It was so quiet I could hear crickets in the background. Suddenly my battery starts to smoke. Very scary.
I think it may be a voltage regulator issue but it was replaced about a year ago and so perhaps not. My alternator is hooked up right but I don't think that's the problem.
Question is, could a bad battery be at fault and nothing more? I doubt it but perhaps. OR, could it be the fault of a voltage regulator. I have had problems with that in the past but it melted wires not killed my battery in one smoky blow.
Oh and before you ask, "did you hook your battery up right?" the answer is yes, yes, yes. It's been taken out of my car more times than Bush has told a lie and I know which way it needs to go.
You guys are smart smart smart so I know you'll have more insight than I.