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Sulfur smell and 'hissing' battery


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#1 OFFLINE   psu86

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:57 PM

2013 FFE with 71K miles.  Just started to get a nasty sulfur/rotten egg smell when I go in to garage to get car in the morning.  I've read on several Ford owner boards that this may be a sign to replace the battery. 

 

Tonight I checked on the car and can hear a 'hissing' sound from the battery inside the left side of trunk. Won't be charging it tonight.

 

Have others experienced this and if so, what was your solution?

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#2 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 09:06 AM

In a way that's awesome as you'll end up with a warranty replacement battery pack.

 

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#3 OFFLINE   dlb92

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 08:14 PM

That smell is hydrogen sulfide and it killed an entire family here on the highway in Florida.



#4 OFFLINE   murphy

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 03:05 AM

The 12 volt battery is vented underneath the car assuming the vent hose and the plug in the second vent are still intact.


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#5 OFFLINE   dlb92

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 06:53 AM

Hopefully, he is ok.  That stuff is extremely toxic.



#6 OFFLINE   bwheetley

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 10:02 AM

That should just be the 12v battery that needs replacing.  After 71k miles, it's probably time.  


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#7 OFFLINE   apm

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 07:28 PM

I'm having the same issue with my 2013 Energi... A couple of days ago my wife started complaining about a rotten egg smell in the garage. I check and I didn't smell it at the time, but tonight I felt the smell inside the house.

 

I checked the 12v battery and it was very hot but I didn't see any liquids around it.

 

Is it a bad 12v battery? Should I replace it? My car has 53K miles so it is not under warranty.

 

Thanks for your help on this one.

 

Regards,

Alex


Model: Sterling Grey 2013 Fusion Energi Titanium Plug-In (P0S, 800A, 13B, 18C, 53B, 55M, 90A, 60N, 96B)
Date Ordered: 2/4/13
Promised Delivery time: 8-16 weeks
VIN Available: 3/1/13

VIN #: 3FA6P0SU9DR282477

Window Sticker Available: TBD
Scheduled Build Week: 3/25/13

Scheduled Build Date: 3/27/13 (missed)

Actual Build Date: 4/1/13
Released from Factory for Shipping: TBD

Rail car ID available: TBD
Estimated Delivery Date: TBD
Actual Delivery Date: Bought one from stock on 4/5/13
State: FL


#8 OFFLINE   murphy

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 01:35 AM

The battery is vented underneath the car.  Look on the ground directly below the battery for evidence.  It should not be hot.  That sounds like one of the cells has shorted out.  Replace it.



#9 OFFLINE   apm

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:51 AM

Is there a specific procedure for replacing the battery that would prevent me from changing it myself?


Model: Sterling Grey 2013 Fusion Energi Titanium Plug-In (P0S, 800A, 13B, 18C, 53B, 55M, 90A, 60N, 96B)
Date Ordered: 2/4/13
Promised Delivery time: 8-16 weeks
VIN Available: 3/1/13

VIN #: 3FA6P0SU9DR282477

Window Sticker Available: TBD
Scheduled Build Week: 3/25/13

Scheduled Build Date: 3/27/13 (missed)

Actual Build Date: 4/1/13
Released from Factory for Shipping: TBD

Rail car ID available: TBD
Estimated Delivery Date: TBD
Actual Delivery Date: Bought one from stock on 4/5/13
State: FL


#10 OFFLINE   murphy

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 05:36 AM

Is there a specific procedure for replacing the battery that would prevent me from changing it myself?

No.  The engine control will need to relearn its operating parameters just like it did when it was new.  It can be avoided by connecting another battery to the jump terminals under the hood but that means you are working "hot".  If the positive battery cable touches ground that can be disastrous.  If you are not experienced working "hot" I wouldn't try it.

 

The battery does not come out through the access panel opening.  The fiber panels must be disconnected and moved out of the way first.


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#11 OFFLINE   apm

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:44 AM

Thanks for the response...  I decided to take it to the dealer because I could not find the battery anywhere. It turns out that the 390 battery is not longer manufactured. The parts department at the dealer siad that it had been replaced by the 590 battery, however that battery is a about an inch too big for the plate under the battery in the car.

 

The mechanic tried to put the 590 in the car but of course he could not. They looked again in the system and found a 475 battery which was the correct fit.

 

I think I paid more than I should have ($129 for the battery plus $50 for the install). In case anyone needs it, this is the new battery BXT99RT4A (470 CCA)

 

Regards,
‚ÄčAlex


Model: Sterling Grey 2013 Fusion Energi Titanium Plug-In (P0S, 800A, 13B, 18C, 53B, 55M, 90A, 60N, 96B)
Date Ordered: 2/4/13
Promised Delivery time: 8-16 weeks
VIN Available: 3/1/13

VIN #: 3FA6P0SU9DR282477

Window Sticker Available: TBD
Scheduled Build Week: 3/25/13

Scheduled Build Date: 3/27/13 (missed)

Actual Build Date: 4/1/13
Released from Factory for Shipping: TBD

Rail car ID available: TBD
Estimated Delivery Date: TBD
Actual Delivery Date: Bought one from stock on 4/5/13
State: FL


#12 OFFLINE   murphy

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:20 AM

The 590 battery is used in the standard Fusion.  The 390 was used in the Energi and the Hybrid.  I never found it anywhere but at a Ford dealer.



#13 OFFLINE   meyersnole

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:52 AM

The 590 battery is used in the standard Fusion.  The 390 was used in the Energi and the Hybrid.  I never found it anywhere but at a Ford dealer.

 

I replaced my battery at AutoZone with this battery. http://www.autozone....755656_695251_0

 

Not because I thought this battery was better than the OEM part, but because mine failed and the parts store was much closer to me. This was a correct fit for the car, but it was still problematic to get into the car. Another advantage of the parts store is that they did not charge me to install the battery. 

 

Just FYI, there is a battery management system on the car and the car has to rest (left undisturbed) for 8 hours with the new battery to marry itself to the new battery -- unless you have an OBII tool to go in and perform a reset (something that Ford would do for you, but AutoZone wont).  One night in the garage and the system will reset itself, not that you would know one way or the other with out the tool. 


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