Monday, January 17, 2011

Replacing The Car's Battery Cable

My car karma seemed to run out the other day. After about two months of not having any starting issues, it started to act up again. Offering a prayer up to the car gods didn't seem to make the situation any better, and I couldn't find any goats to sacrifice, so I figured that it was time to take direct action. I resolved to replace the car's positive battery cable. I could have taken the car to a professional, but I just couldn't fathom spending $100 for a simple fix. 

The last time I tangled with a car's battery, I nearly burned my eyebrows off. Several years ago, while trying to remove a battery from my friend's derelict van, the end of the wrench I was using to disconnect the battery terminals accidentally touched the other terminal, completing the circuit. I don't remember much after being thrown to the ground, but I'm told that my body was convulsing and the wrench was smoking.

I like to think that I've learned a lot since then, especially when it comes to handling electricity. Cautiously, I removed the connections to my car's battery and traced the positive wire to the fuse box and removed the cable from the clamp. I then removed the cable from the starter, cut off the zip ties holding it down and pulled it away. This thing was in bad shape. No wonder why it was having trouble staying connected. I then secured the new cable to the starter, connected it through the fuse box and re-attached it to the battery terminal along with the negative cable.

All in all, not a bad job. Sure, I had to spend an hour outside in the freezing cold getting it done, but it only cost me $10 and the car starts up better than ever. And I didn't get so much as a little shock.

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