Is it possible to finish a load with this high voltage?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by DAX_, May 17, 2019.

  1. DAX_

    DAX_ Light Load Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    yesterday morning after idle all night I woke up to my truck having that strong ### rotten egg smell. I knew what it might have been and checked the voltage and it was 14.4.

    Now early this morning after the smell went away I checked the voltage again at it was 14.7.

    Im pretty sure this truck needs to be in the shop again. However I'm currently in Jackson Mississippi. I deliver a load to east Texas off i30 about 100 miles away from Dallas where our oc is. My question is would it be safe and ok to do this load
  2. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Are the batteries swelling or leaking?
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  3. DAX_

    DAX_ Light Load Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    I lift up the hood and hear what sounds like water leaking. Also see black liquid on the ground which looks like oil.

    Update. After A few minutes the sound of leaking and the actual leaking stops. It's looks like it actually is just water. Just dirty for some reason
    Last edited: May 17, 2019
  4. COBB2070

    COBB2070 Medium Load Member

    Jul 8, 2018
    SoCal...The OC
    Normal charging voltage is between 14.2 and 14.7 VDC. Anything lower will take forever to recharge the batteries, anything higher will sulfate the batteries. A fully charged battery at rest will show 12.6V after sitting for about an hour and around 13.8V just after the engine is shut down. As far as making the drop, can't help much there.
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  5. Freightliner Classic

    Freightliner Classic Light Load Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Rome GA
    dont cut the truck off and deliver the load the put it in the shop
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    It's not so much the safety. If the batteries want to burn up they will

    14 something is really good off the alternator. You are feeding 3 or 4 batteries that are a deep cycle.

    Deliver your load and go find a shop to double check the truck.
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  7. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    that smell is battery stink. one or more is dying.
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  8. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Rotten egg smell usually means some one hasnt checked the batteries fluid levels. Top it off with distilled water (preferred) or use plain tap water / bottled water. The water needs to come up only as far as the bottom of the collar you see inside the battery.
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  9. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Tho if you have some one nearby with a plugged catalytic converter. That as well will stink to high heaven of rotten eggs
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  10. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

    Nov 14, 2017
    Is there a cat or dog in the truck with a grin?
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