Go Back   United Bimmer Community - BMW Forum > UnitedBimmer- Model Categories > E36
FAQ Members List Calendar Advertise With Us Mark Forums Read

E36 General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-27-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
3050rpm
 
3050rpm's Avatar

Name: 3050rpm
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 1995 325i
Check Your Battery Compartment

I was doing an obsessive/compulsive cleaning out of the trunk today (no, not to get rid of evidence of a crime) and after taking out the spare and associated attachments I got a look at the battery one normally doesn't get, and I also get a bit of an unpleasant surprise. In the left front corner of the battery, right around the vent tube, there was a pile of powdery material (dry) as well as some bare metal and rust where the paint was eaten away (see pic if it attaches).

I can't recall my high school chemistry (or college, for that matter) all that well, but I guess the stuff might be a salt product of an acid reaction. The strange thing is, though, I couldn't find any obvious crack in the battery or sign of seepage from a vent cap, so I don't know what the heck is going on. I do make it a point in the fall and in the spring to keep the cells topped up, but not to overflowing.

Anyway, my point is this will need some body shop attention, it's not an area to risk weakening, and I do suggest that you take a peek yourselves, pull out the spare and disconnect and pull out the battery (remember your radio code!) to see what's going on with your vee-hi-cule.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Bat01.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	58.7 KB
ID:	378  
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 06:59 PM   #2
Rooz

Name: Rooz
Title: Upgraded Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Charlotte, NC
Rate My Car: 5 / 340
Your Ride: 2003 M5
On my E36 I had sprayed the battery compartment with 3 coats of undercariage, it helped with any possible damage
__________________



VIEW MOD LIST & PICS

I am worth $2,010,238 on HumanForSale.com

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregg
Umnitza now provides a mechanic to install all parts ordered right in the box! It's their new "Total customer service program" that will eliminate all the haters and keep incompetents from breaking **** and blaming the vendor! When you are all set simply call INS and they will pick him up free of charge.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 07:03 PM   #3
Numark318i
 
Numark318i's Avatar

Name: Numark318i
Title: has an empty wallet
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Only place in the world where people say "Hella"
Rate My Car: 125 / 340
Your Ride: ^^
heh i had the same problem...but it was due to Water seeping in.
__________________
We all get the urge...Saturday early morning...nothing to do till noon... BMW FTW

The aural sensations of 1st gear WOT
**CGM **(Certified Garage Mechanic)
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 07:36 PM   #4
xsperf
 
xsperf's Avatar

Name: xsperf
Title: United Baller
Status: Offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Syracuse, NY
Rate My Car: 185 / 340
Your Ride: 95 325is
yea i would do wat rooz said, b/c you really dont need to paint it for cosmetic issues, no one looks there, so just sand down the rust and spray it with undercoating, the only time you would need a body shop's expertise if there was a hole in the compartment
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by c1apton
I keep forgetting that - I have a great memory but it doesn't last long

CRS disease = Can't Remeber Shit
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2006, 07:06 AM   #5
3050rpm
 
3050rpm's Avatar

Name: 3050rpm
Title: Senior Member
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 1995 325i
An update on this little story... I made the repairs, sanding down to bare metal (mostly), applying rust converter, priming, and painting (surprisingly enough, the $4.95 can of Dupli-Color Truck, Van, and SUV (perish the thought) spray paint matched remarkably well, not that the problem was in a visible area). Ditto the underside, except I hit that with some undercoating.

What's interesting is that while I had the battery out, I decided to top off the cells with distilled water, bringing the levels to the bottoms of the slots, which may have been a tad more than specified but I figured no harm done. I reinstall the battery, insert the vent tube through the grommet, and drive off to do some errands around town. Twenty minutes or so after getting back I notice a wet spot at the right rear, I look underneath, and sure enough the vent tube is practically peeing, leaving a cirlce of battery acid in the driveway about 12" in diameter, which I guess represents roughly the amount of water I had put in the battery. All this was a few days ago and I haven't noticed any subsequent "urination," but this was the first time I've ever noticed anything like this. Anyone know what's going on?
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rusty water in the battery compartment. Numark318i E21, E30 23 08-25-2006 12:28 AM
E36 DOOR PANELS SWITCHED!!!! Teaser Pics/DIY coming soon! delmarco E36 22 06-22-2006 02:03 PM
check control light Chris United Off Topic  **FOR MEMBERS ONLY** 5 06-16-2006 12:43 PM
BMW Inspection Rooz BMW General Discussion 21 03-14-2006 01:10 PM
90k mile tune up BombSquad E36 1 04-28-2005 12:09 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:55 AM.

A vBSkinworks Design

 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © 2005-2013 UnitedBimmer.com