Battery Cable Replacement
- Wrench set
- Wire brush
- Shop towels
- Baking soda
- Cable replacement
Helpful Information Battery cable connections are the first place to check when major electrical issues begin. In addition to a good battery, the terminals that connect the battery to the vehicle can go bad, corrode, and fail. Therefore, its important to check cable condition at regular service intervals. Check for cracking on the insulation and corrosion on the terminals. Battery acid can cause corrosion inside the battery cables and will inhibiting electrical flow. To check for this condition look for bulges near the top of the cable, these bulges indicate corrosion expansion caused by the chemical reaction between the acid and copper wire. Best Practices
- Always disconnect the negative battery cable first and last to avoid a short circuit.
- When working with a battery, acid is present so wear protective gloves, eyewear and clothing.
- Never touch a car battery with bare hands. The battery could have residual acid on the surface which is difficult to detect. This acid can ruin clothing and be harmful to eyes and skin.