First we replaced the side post bolts on the battery because they were rounded off and the battery cables would not stay,which led to me having to get out and fix it everytime to start. We replaced the bolts and everything was good and now the dashboard does not work. the speedometer the odometer, mileage, gas etc. We have no clue what is going on and i need help or else i have to pay some serious money to get it fixed
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Check Around the Battery For A Wire that Goes to the Battery Sounds Like A NO POWER Problem AT the Battery, I Believe Cavs. Have An Extra Small Cable that Connects to Battery. Also Check Fuse Marked INSTRUMENTPANEL at Fuse Box But At Battery Or On Starter There Is A Small Cable For Accessories and This is What I Believe Is Where Your Problem Is.
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I can try to help, but it depends on the type of terminal/connector. If it's a "post type" terminal, where the lead "post" sticks out on the top or side of the battery and the connector (with the wire) is a round hole with a tightening bolt/nut through the side, try loosening the bolt further and lightly tapping the connector onto the terminal. If it is a screw in type terminal, where the terminal is the round hole on the battery, and the connector is a screw, there may be some dirt, corrosion, etc. inside the hole that will need to be cleaned out. Also, the threads of the terminal may have been stripped out if you accidentally cross-threaded the screw or tightened it too much, which is VERY easy to do with lead connections. Lead is very soft and strips out easily. Hope this helps.
Naw, not really odd. That usually happens when there is a bad batt ground connection. Remove and clean the battery cables, pay close atention to the negative cable. snug them down and make sure the post is not broken where the bolt goes if it is a side terminal battery. Good Luck_Ned_
There are two types of batteries in use today. Top terminal type is found on top of the battery normaly found in older cars. These are metal posts that on the battery and the cable terminals has basically a metal clamp that fits over the battery posts and is tightened to create a good contact. To remove the terminal end from the post loosen the nut on the bolt and insert a good size screw driver into the clamp so as to wedge it open and free it from the battery. Trying to pry the clamp up off the post could easily damage the battery. The least amount of force applied to the battery post the better. There is actualy a puller made for this very purpose and can be found at most auto parts stores.
The side terminals are, as the name indicates, are located on the side of the battery. Unlike the post on a top terminal battery there are two threaded bolt holes on the upper side where the cable eye terminals are attached. This only requires the removal of the bolt with the proper size wench.
In both cases the other end of the negative cable is normaly attached to the engine block for a ground. You just have to loosen the attaching fastener and replace the cable end. The positive end in most cases is attached to the starter but just follow the cable to it's attaching point and remove the fastener and replace the cable. It always advisable to coat the terminal ends with and electrical sealer made just for this purpose that can be purchased at any auto parts store.
your gonna need either a 5/16 or 8mm wrench. loosen the negative battery cable (black cable) off first and move it to the side where it wont touch the battery or anything metal. then loosen and take off the positive (red) cable off and then just loosen the battery hold down bolt and the battery should left out. just like a top post battery make sure you dont touch anything metal with the wrench while loosing the bolts.
Note: make sure to the RED cable on the + post you can see this plus sign right next to the battery post sticking out of the battery. Next the black cable goes on the - post you can see this - negative sign next to the post as well.
Question: the wire that is loose, is it tape onto the RED cable or the BLACK cable. If it is taped to one of the cables and has a round loop on the end of it, then it mounts to which ever cable it is taped too. What you need to do is take of the nut that tightens the cable to the post and slide the loop over the stud and put the nut back on and tighten it, make sure both cables are tight on the post.
Check your battery cables,, they are probably loose or corroded. Side mount batteries that hold multiple cables have this problem that occurs over an extended period of time. Cleaning the connections and retightening the hold down bolt may fix it. Sometimes a 3/8 bolt and a washer with a nut can be used to get
a more positive holding force to keep the cable tight.
It appears that the battery is shot! Right? The bolt is there, but the plastic has melted over it. You will need a new end anyway, so cut the cable off close to the terminal. Out with the old battery! Frankster016