Re: Exploding Battery (gadams)
You're not alone:
Mercedes, GM announce recalls
Battery problem in Mercedes C Class models; brake light trouble in GM sport utes
By Nedra Pickler / Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 65,000 cars after owners complained of exploding batteries, while General Motors Corp. is recalling 546,000 sport utility vehicles because the brake and hazard lights can fail.
Mercedes-Benz is asking owners of all 1998 and some 1999 C Class models to bring them to dealers so they can check the battery fluid. If the fluid is too low, it can expose electric plates and ignite gases inside.
"We're not necessarily going to be replacing them, in fact in most cases we won't be," said Mercedes-Benz spokesman Fred Heiler. "There is nothing wrong with the battery if it is maintained correctly."
At least five owners have reported that their battery exploded. One person was reportedly injured by spraying acid and battery fragments.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will put warning labels in the owner's manual and engine compartment saying the battery should be checked during every tune up.....
I've just got back from my garage refilling the OEM battery with distilled water.
Check your battery fluids every 10k.
[Modified by VW'ed, 4:50 PM 2-6-2002]