[T3] Fwd: Re: Battery cables
liverbeat71 at ymail.com
Wed Dec 2 16:05:41 PST 2015
Thing is my positive cable is badly worn with shredding and corosion. Pretty narly looking. Ground is rusty, maybe a good cleaning will save it. Shall see. Thanks for your input.
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<div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: Jim Adney <jadney at VWType3.org> </div><div>Date:12/02/2015 5:31 PM (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: type3 at vwtype3.org </div><div>Subject: Re: [T3] Battery cables </div><div>
</div>On 2 Dec 2015 at 15:34, liverbeat71 wrote:
> Has anyone ever had hard starts or non starts due to a bad battery
> ground strap or pos. battery cable? I've been unable to start my 69
> Fastback for two weeks. Yesterday I hop in, turn the key, runs like a
> a new car.Will swap out the o.g. worn strap/ cables. What the???
Nothing you can buy today even comes close to the quality of the
original battery cables. Unless there's something obviously wrong
with one of them, don't replace it. Or at least hang on to the OG
ones until, a year from now, the new ones fail. OG battery cables are
one thing I'm always careful to salvage from a junk Type 3.
Instead of replacing cables, check the connections: loosen, wiggle,
and retighten. Get a battery post and connector cleaner and figure
out how to use it. I've seen cases where there was enough corrosion
between the cable and the starter solenoid to prevent good contact.
Just loosen, wiggle, and retighten. For a longer lasting connection,
loosen, wiggle, grease, and retighten.
Finally, learn how to attach your battery cables to the posts. The
posts are tapered, so it's common for the clamps to not get installed
all the way down on the posts. DO NOT HAMMER them down. This will
permanently damage the battery. Clean the post and clamp, then use a
couple of screwdrivers to spread the clamp so that it will go all the
way down on the post. When correctly installed, the post will stick
up slightly above the top of the clamp.
Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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