There was a loud pop driving home last night. the radio stopped playing and then there was a really bad smell. when we got home and looked the battery was smoking. what does this mean? what do we need to do? We have a 2014 ford explorer XLT

Asked by Mar 17, 2016 at 10:22 AM about the 2014 Ford Explorer XLT

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There was a loud pop driving home last night. the radio stopped playing and then there was a really bad smell. when we got home and looked the battery was smoking. what does this mean? what do we need to do? We have a 2014 ford explorer XLT and we only have had the car for a month.

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The smell might have been the battery outgassing due to the alternator overcharging, as this a computer controlled vehicle I would take it to a shop you trust, don't attempt to do anything, if you have towing insurance I would have it towed, driving it could burn out more expensive components. It seem odd that this would happen to a vehicle this soon, usually something like this is 8 to 10 years down the road.

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