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AdrianS
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October 22, 2020 - 1:49 pm
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I recently fitted a regulator rectifier ( from Rex) and a new battery to my D14.

Worked a treat.

Today I noticed a puddle of "Water" under the bike - turned out to be battery acid.

Took out the battery. This new battery came without a breather tube. To stop it moving in the carrier I put a piece of rubber conveyorbelt under the locking flap...........

Pressure from inside the battery couldnt escape! The battery vented through the filler caps and the rubber holding the battery in place sealed the vent holes!

Battery had bulged on one side and cracked the joint between the top of it and the main part. Still reading the correct voltage but acid levels all over the place. So, just ordered another battery ( this time with a vent pipe !).

Moral of the story, don't seal any battery vents up!!

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October 22, 2020 - 6:18 pm
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Good warning, thanks.

Mike H --

Murphy's 4th law of motion states that any small object that is accidentally dropped will immediately hide itself under a larger object.

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October 22, 2020 - 10:54 pm
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Lucky it didn't explode with you on it could have been a trip to a&e that !

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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October 23, 2020 - 10:14 am
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Yes....

Luckily it split at the join of the top and bottom of the battery. Not before a considerable bulge had formed on one side!

Try explaining to the A&E Docs why your «censored» is covered in acid!

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October 27, 2020 - 4:08 pm
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I remember years ago this happened to a friend's battery. It exploded . . . Terrible mess. Sounds like you got off lightly. 

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October 27, 2020 - 7:42 pm
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Blimey thanks for the warning, my D 10 battery came with a clear pipe but does not have a vent to connect it to so I assume it vents out of the top filler caps? These are not obstructed

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