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Posted: 3/18/2013 7:46:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 7:47:40 PM EDT by Dzapper]
My niece called the other day she was a couple of blocks away and her car had just stalled in the middle of the street. I grabbed some tools and hopped over there in about three minutes. She told me that she had stopped for the stop sign and heard a loud pop and the car died and wouldn't start again. I told her to open the hood and this is what I found. FYI the hood was incredibly hard to open for some reason





Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:47:48 PM EDT
lol has she been doing any wheeling?
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:47:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 7:54:03 PM EDT by jollyg83]
Hmmm never seen that happen before.

ETA: in the voice of shady mechanic "well there's your problem right there. Give me a day or two and I'll have your whizz banger hooked back on your ram rod. Shouldn't be more than $ 500"
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:48:48 PM EDT
Looks like the hood made contact with the positive battery cable. Not good... lol
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:49:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jollyg83:
Hmmm never seen that happen before.

Never
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:49:15 PM EDT
No battery hold down.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:49:45 PM EDT
Lol that is awesome.

Maybe she needs a side post battery or better retention for it.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:49:53 PM EDT
SO that's why battery cables have plastic caps over the positive terminal.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:50:24 PM EDT
She's lucky that battery didn't catch fire being shorted like that.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:50:26 PM EDT
Idk what happened, but, the outcome is highly amusing to me.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:50:53 PM EDT
WOW
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:50:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
No battery hold down.


Yup.....and potholes.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:52:33 PM EDT
Apropos name for the OP
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:52:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 7:56:48 PM EDT by MrGoodkat]
Fucking awesome!!!! Is it the right size battery for the car? Maybe she, or someone else, recently put a new battery in that is too tall?

ETA: I highly doubt that momentary contact from one bump would be enough to do that. Maybe it bounced up on a raised lip of the tray or something else in the vicinity and wedged between that and the hood?
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:53:37 PM EDT
Oh POP, that looks like a 12V spot welder.

Battery restraints are over rated anyway.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:53:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:54:21 PM EDT
It welded itself to the hood. That's fucking awesome
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:54:25 PM EDT
Lol, them battery hold downs help, I'd have never thought you could actually weld the terminals to the hood though! She must have been going over a stretch over bumpy road in order for it to get hot enough to do that.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:56:43 PM EDT
Strange looking kitchen...
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:57:57 PM EDT
she got a new welder?
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:57:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mtnbkr5234:
It welded itself to the hood. That's fucking awesome



Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:58:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Erkeric:
Lol that is awesome.

Maybe she needs a side post battery or better retention for it.


This. From the pics of the engine it looks like a gm, which were all side post from the factory. Looks like someone swapped it to top post so they could put a cheaper battery in after the posts rotted out of the original one.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:58:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Strange looking kitchen...


Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:59:32 PM EDT
Did anyone jump on the hood?
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 7:59:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 8:00:03 PM EDT by MrGoodkat]
Originally Posted By Strizzo:
Originally Posted By Erkeric:
Lol that is awesome.

Maybe she needs a side post battery or better retention for it.


This. From the pics of the engine it looks like a gm, which were all side post from the factory. Looks like someone swapped it to top post so they could put a cheaper battery in after the posts rotted out of the original one.


yeah, now that you mention it, those are not factory cables or terminals
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:00:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/19/2013 3:00:46 AM EDT by BirddogSC]
Holy crap... Talk about DC arc welding.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:01:03 PM EDT
A little more clutch and a lot more accelerator.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:02:03 PM EDT
It was a damn nice weld too had to hit 5 or 6 times with a hammer to get it off. The negative clamp melted clean through from all the load. A new set of battery clamps and battery hold down and she was back terrorizing the road again. No other damage was found (other than the car is a POS and she seems to hit everything with it.)
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:04:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 8:06:13 PM EDT by Lomshek]
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
No battery hold down.


My vote too. Might need more than a battery and wire if that new circuit/surge fried something important.

Saw you fixed her right up. Good job!
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:05:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MrGoodkat:
Originally Posted By Strizzo:
Originally Posted By Erkeric:
Lol that is awesome.

Maybe she needs a side post battery or better retention for it.


This. From the pics of the engine it looks like a gm, which were all side post from the factory. Looks like someone swapped it to top post so they could put a cheaper battery in after the posts rotted out of the original one.


yeah, now that you mention it, those are not factory cables or terminals


It's a Chrysler I think it's a Cirrus. I try not to pay too much attention cause I don't want them to ask me to work on it. I hardly have time to get my own auto work done.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:06:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dzapper:
It was a damn nice weld too had to hit 5 or 6 times with a hammer to get it off. The negative clamp melted clean through from all the load. A new set of battery clamps and battery hold down and she was back terrorizing the road again. No other damage was found (other than the car is a POS and she seems to hit everything with it.)


The battery survived?

Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:08:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Originally Posted By Dzapper:
It was a damn nice weld too had to hit 5 or 6 times with a hammer to get it off. The negative clamp melted clean through from all the load. A new set of battery clamps and battery hold down and she was back terrorizing the road again. No other damage was found (other than the car is a POS and she seems to hit everything with it.)


The battery survived?



Yes, and it started right up.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:09:51 PM EDT
Ill have to remember to add a battery tie down to my ranch truck next time I drive t.

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Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:10:11 PM EDT
OP delivered. Way to be a role model.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:11:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 8:11:56 PM EDT by AJE]
Wow

That sounds like something that would happen to Subnet.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:12:20 PM EDT
Impressive!
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:13:59 PM EDT
I have NEVER done that.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:14:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
No battery hold down.


And not going slow through a dip when entering traffic from the mall.

Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:14:25 PM EDT
My advice: Get a decent mechanic.

I can't tell you how many cars that I worked on care of AAA that had the wrong size batteries or missing hold downs. Apparently those things aren't important. Hahahaha.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:17:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lomshek:
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
No battery hold down.


My vote too. Might need more than a battery and wire if that new circuit/surge fried something important.

Saw you fixed her right up. Good job!


Such as the alternator, ECU, and various othe electronic components.

Saw a similar situation on a 5 series BMW. The owner took it in for a new battery at a small repair shop.
New battery was somehow left loose and the owner's kid took the car out for a little joy ride. The unit was in the trunk and something wasn't bolted down properly
Battery shorted out and fried every electrical component in the car.

Insurance company totalled it.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:18:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By arty6pd:
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
No battery hold down.


And not going slow through a dip when entering traffic from the mall.



In all honesty I don't think there was a dip involved just a sharp corner and some shift-age the hood on that thing sits pretty low.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:19:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 8:20:24 PM EDT by Skibane]
Originally Posted By Dzapper:
Originally Posted By Dan_Cooper:
Originally Posted By Dzapper:
It was a damn nice weld too had to hit 5 or 6 times with a hammer to get it off. The negative clamp melted clean through from all the load. A new set of battery clamps and battery hold down and she was back terrorizing the road again. No other damage was found (other than the car is a POS and she seems to hit everything with it.)


The battery survived?



Yes, and it started right up.


That's a pretty good product testimonial, right there - Delivered enough current to melt steel, had its full 50 pounds of weight suspended in mid-air on one battery post - and after all that, still had enough juice to start the car...

Ladies and gentlemen - I give you the Honey Badger of batteries!
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:19:51 PM EDT
You're a good uncle :)
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:23:38 PM EDT
Needs thicker paint on the bottom of the hood.


Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:24:57 PM EDT
well.............................I'll be damned never seen anything like that before
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:25:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AJE:
Wow

That sounds like something that would happen to Subnet.


Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:26:02 PM EDT
That happened to my sisters car, burned it to the ground.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:26:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dzapper:
Originally Posted By MrGoodkat:
Originally Posted By Strizzo:
Originally Posted By Erkeric:
Lol that is awesome.

Maybe she needs a side post battery or better retention for it.


This. From the pics of the engine it looks like a gm, which were all side post from the factory. Looks like someone swapped it to top post so they could put a cheaper battery in after the posts rotted out of the original one.


yeah, now that you mention it, those are not factory cables or terminals


It's a Chrysler I think it's a Cirrus. I try not to pay too much attention cause I don't want them to ask me to work on it. I hardly have time to get my own auto work done.


Probably Sebring, the cloud cars all had the battery hidden in the fender ahead of the drivers wheel.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:27:49 PM EDT
Did you happen to replace her battery?
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:28:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2013 8:29:16 PM EDT by _DR]

Ask her if she slammed on the brakes really hard. Seen a battery mount break loose before sometimes when that happens, batter can go all over the place.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 8:29:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dagger41:
Originally Posted By Lomshek:
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
No battery hold down.


My vote too. Might need more than a battery and wire if that new circuit/surge fried something important.

Saw you fixed her right up. Good job!


Such as the alternator, ECU, and various othe electronic components.

Saw a similar situation on a 5 series BMW. The owner took it in for a new battery at a small repair shop.
New battery was somehow left loose and the owner's kid took the car out for a little joy ride. The unit was in the trunk and something wasn't bolted down properly
Battery shorted out and fried every electrical component in the car.

Insurance company totalled it.


I gotta admit I expected to at least have to change some fuses and relays and am really surprised that I didn't have to.
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