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A heavy gauge metal conductor attached at battery posts. Red is positive, black is negative.

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Bad battery connection as reason for failed alternator?

I'm totally new to car mechanics. The other day the battery died on my 2006 Toyota Camry. I jumped it but it would not hold a charge so I brought the battery into a mechanic to have it tested and they ...
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What's this loose wire near the battery of 2001 Toyota Highlander?

I have a 2001 Toyota Highlander which won't start. I also was unable to jump it. When I was looking around under the hood, I noticed that there was a black cable with an exposed end floating near the ...
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Battery terminals, how hard is it OK to "force" terminal on there?

I'm adding an aftermarket terminal to my battery so I can connect some other stuff while keeping the OEM connectors intact. First, here's a picture the aftermarket terminal: And then, here's a ...
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Eastern beaver h4 relay kit motorcycle, capacitor before the high beam to power relay switch

Everything works fine except the relay doesn't get any power to the high beam switch if the revs are above tickover. I'm thinking of adding a capacitor some where to just get a bit of power to the ...
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Alternator connection is bad

So I have a problem where one of the wires connecting to the alternator comes loose and stops charging my battery. I have an 08 Honda Accord. I have pulled the wire out and attempted to clean the ...
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Is it OK to run a new wire directly from the alternator to the battery?

The battery is not charging, and when I use an ohms meter between the alternator output terminal and the battery +, I read 7.5 ohms. When the motor is running I see 14.45v between the alternator ...
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Need advice for changing battery terminals

Hey so I have a 2000 toyota corolla 4A-FE manual, its had connection problems in the past so got a new battery and it didn't start one morning so I tightened the terminals (and put fuel in it) and its ...
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Damaged battery cable repair

I noticed an insulating tape on a cable coming from the battery on my used car I bought recently and opened it up to find this: Is there a hazard to the cable or components if I keep the cable like ...
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1995 Accord Ex Battery keeps disconnecting

So my battery keeps disconnecting, and has been for a couple of days now, resulting in the lights on the dash lighting up for a brief moment and then turning back off and not the car not starting. The ...
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Help with Broken battery cables

My daughter recently bought a 2003 Grand Vitara and the positive battery cable appears to have broken off. Would appreciate some assistance with identifying what part we need to purchase/replace. It ...
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What is a point of contact to measure the live (red) electric cable?

The car starts fine in the morning. Since the battery has signs of leakage, I remove it in the afternoon, and put a new one, with a factory sticker indicating it was made two months ago. There is no ...
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Car refuses to start with repeated clicking but can be jumped

Day 1: My 2013 Infiniti JX35 won't start. When I press the ignition button, the car loses all electrical power and I can hear repeated clicks under the hood. I installed a new battery, and it started ...
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2000 Toyota Corolla will not start until hitting battery terminals

I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla which started to display a symptom during cold weather (-20 - -30 C) where you would insert the key, turn in partway, activate the internal electronics, and then turn it ...
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Applying Silicone Grease to Battery Lugs and Cable Before Shrink tubing?

I've habitually applied some 'liquid tape' then some spray-on silicone grease after connecting battery terminals. This seems to work within a flooded-leaded batteries life cycle providing you can keep ...
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When jump starting a car, can I attach the negative cable for the car with the dead battery on its body?

I have seen a few videos saying that there is a risk of getting an explosion because of hydrogen igniting if you attach the negative cable to the negative terminal on the car with the dead battery. ...
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Broken Ring Terminal on Positive Cable

Today I broke a ring terminal to one of the smaller positive cable when I dropped a new battery in the place of a dead battery. There were a lot of corrosion at the battery terminals, and there’s rust ...
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How to connect a jumper cable to this battery?

Today I tried to charge the battery of a car that has been standing still for about 2 months with my own car. When I tried to connect the red cable to the battery of my car I was confused on where to ...
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Correct gauge of wire for earth/ground

One of my ground cables, which links the battery to the gearbox has snapped. I used a caliper to measure the diameter of the wire, and it is approximately 6mm in diameter (so i calculated this to be ...
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Should I replace the battery terminal clamp if some material is missing?

I recently had my battery fail on me and need to get a new one. While I was removing the battery terminal clamps I noticed there was a lot of corrosion. After I cleaned off the corrosion, I also ...
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Battery cable/terminal

I bought a 2017 Ford Focus hatchback SE the end of June 2019. Its now September 2019 and I took my car to have oil change, tires rotated, battery looked at, any way the works. Since there wasn't any ...
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2012 Hyundai i20 starting problem (seems electrical)

I have been having a slight issue with my 2012 Hyundai i20 1.4 Automatic. Every now and then when I turn the key in the ignition, the key turns but without any of the usual lights coming on in the ...
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Problem coming?

2007 Nissan Maxima. Ran some errands. Shut car off 3 different times. Started back up each time..no issues. Get home. Shut car off. Hit button to unlock door...didnt work. Turn key over...nothing! ...
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When turning the key to start, all lights turn off and engine won't start

My 2003 Hyundai Elantra was running just fine. Tonight, I was sitting in my car with the engine off listening to the radio for a few minutes. When I turned the key to the start position, there was a ...
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Engine will not start after battery and terminal replacement

My standard 2011 Kia Soul’s positive battery terminal became very corroded and after having to jump it in order to get it to start, I took it to Walmart for a new battery. After they replaced the ...
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Jump starting leads

Say I need 600 Amp Jumper leads to start a diesel, can I use 2 sets of 400 Amp leads between the 2 batteries? That is 2 positive clamps on the positive posts and 2 negative clamps on the negative ...
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Electrical problem with my 125cc. motorcycle

Yesterday I was waiting for my wife to get out of her work and when I tried to start my bike, at the very moment I pressed the start button, it all went off. All the lights, the cockpit just went off. ...
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How to correctly select a line clamp?

I'm relocating a battery in my son's Impreza (from the front to the back). I have to run the positive battery cable from the rear up to the front in order to power the electrics which need to be ...
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Electrical issue 1997 Jetta 2.0 [closed]

I just bought a 1997 Jetta 2.0 and had to replace the heater core. As you may know, you need to take off the entire dash and unplug everything in order to get to the heater core. So I replaced the ...
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Installing a battery in a carbureted motorcycle with ABS

I've got a 2005 Honda CBF600SA carbureted four-stroke motorcycle with four cylinders and ABS. I need to re-connect the battery but don't remember exactly how the cables were configured; which cables ...
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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?

What is the process for replacing the 12V battery? How would I clean the contacts of the terminals? My OEM battery in 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L appears rather clean, including the terminals, but I recall ...
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Technique to test an alternator - fact or fiction?

A friend explained that the following is a simple way to test an alternator to see if it is working: Turn on the vehicle. While it is running, carefully remove one of the 12V battery leads. See if ...
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Car battery ground appears to have severed, is it safe to jump?

I tried to start my car today but after a few splutters, the ignition quit (i.e. turning it does nothing now). The inside lights / brake lights don't go on anymore, so I assume the battery's dead. But ...
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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - What is Involved With Replacing the Negative Battery Cable?

We have replaced the alternator and battery but still have problem with starting. It takes a jump and starts every time but after you park and come back, it won't start again. I has been to the shop ...
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