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#1 OFFLINE   acallen38

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:25 PM

I have a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE.

 

I'm an avid scuba diver.  Basically I'm wondering, is the battery in the trunk is sealed or would there be a potential for wetness/moisture from my equipment being in the trunk possibly ruin the battery?

 

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#2 OFFLINE   murphy

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:37 PM

I have a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE.

 

I'm an avid scuba diver.  Basically I'm wondering, is the battery in the trunk is sealed or would there be a potential for wetness/moisture from my equipment being in the trunk possibly ruin the battery?

 

Thanks for the info!

Not a problem unless you are diving in salt water.  Salt on the battery could eventually create a path between the battery terminals.  The standard car has its battery under the hood so it gets a soaking every time it is driven in the rain.



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 05:06 PM

You are probably fine as long as you are not throwing your wet gear into the trunk in pieces.
I would assume you have something to carry your diving gear like a storage bin or back bag so no water should get near the battery.
Also after diving in salt water you rinse out your gear so very little salt water is left when driving around.

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 08:26 PM

On the left side, near the back of the trunk is a small square cover that has 2 turnbuckles on it. Behind this area you will fine the 'normal' car battery. I would think it would be difficult to get this battery wet no matter what you did with gear being put in the trunk.


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 08:40 AM

He may be referring to the large HVB in the trunk floor getting wet. The battery is in a case, however, it would be a very good idea to put some kind of waterproof liner in the trunk, not just to protect the battery, but to also protect the interior metals inside the car. If water pools it will cause rust as the interior of the car is not as well protected as the exterior. Yes there is a paint coating on the metal from the initial dipping during assembly, but it is nothing at all like the exterior paint and it will eventually rust if enough moisture is left on it over an extended period of time. Better to be safe than sorry.  I think Weathertech now makes a trunk liner for the Hybrid, which has a lip all around to catch liquids, so that would be a good option, but does not cover the hump, so that would be where I would put some kind of water proof blanket.  

 

Also air out the trunk every so often, you can do that by dropping the back seats down with the car windows open a bit. 


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 09:29 AM

Install a trunkliner or a keep large Rubbermaid container, in your trunk, to hold your gear after using it.


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 01:23 PM

 

Also air out the trunk every so often, you can do that by dropping the back seats down with the car windows open a bit. 

but to also protect the interior metals inside the car. If water pools it will cause rust as the interior of the car is not as well protected as the exterior. 

Rust never sleeps, especially with salt water. 

I was a SCUBA diver too, plus worked on and around the ocean my entire career, believe me, acdii is spot on - get a liner inside that trunk and air out the trunk often.

 

Also remember that the HVB is cooled by fans that take air from the inside of the passenger compartment. 

If the inside of the car is extra humid because of wet diving gear in the trunk all the time, that humidity can get to the fans and HVB.

I'd be very disciplined and dry the gear before putting it in the car and take it out ASAP.

 

That thin trunk floor material isn't made to be a utility surface with heavy SCUBA tanks banging on it.

Be extra careful.


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