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Trying to charge battery for first time. It says connect two red connectors. Do you charge it first then connect the connector afterwards?

1. I assume this is a car battery so the first thing you do is to disconnect the vehicle cables from the battery terminals. The negative first and then the positive. The positive terminal is marked with a plus sign ...+ ... When refitting the cables to the
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2. Now that the battery is unconnected from the vehicle you can fit the charging cables to the battery terminals. The charger you have should have 2 cables leading from it , a positive with a red plastic insulation on the clip and a negative cable probably with black insulation on the clip.The instructions with the charger will tell you in which order the cables are to be attached to the battery and the order you remove them. Each of the 2 cables has to be clipped onto the correct battery terminal. The positive cable(+) from the charger goes to the positive battery terminal (+)and the negative cable(-) from the charger goes to the negative battery terminal(-).

3. Once the cables from the charger are properly connected to the battery, you can plug in the charger and turn on the power.

4. Batteries generate explosive gasses when being charged and it only takes one small spark to ignite them. Don't reconnect the battery after charging for a half hour or so and make sure the area where you are charging is well ventilated.

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you have a dead short eather a pinched posative wire or you have a negative wire or a bracket toutching a posative hook up the neg. cable take a test light hook one end to the batt. the other end to the cable if shorted light will light start unpluging plugs and wiggleing wires till the light gos off and that should point you to the cause, make shore all lights and egnishion switch are off underhood light also.

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Disconnect the posative terminal then touch the terminal to the posative a few times quickly it will reset your odometer needle to above the resting pin. This happens because you moved your posative terminal and the needles spun around and sat on the wrong side of the pin.

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When you put a new starter in did it have a new sylinoid with it? Also check to make sure all your connections to power are tight and you have a good ground. One quick way to check is to take the starter out and take a pair of jumper cables hook to them to the battery at one end and then ground the negative to the starter housing and then touch the posative end to the posative terminal on the starter. if the starter engages its not a starter issue but possibly a electrical issue in the vehicle.

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Check your connections from the battery to the starter with a volt meter,Set an automotive volt meter to dc volts and connect one clip to the negative pole on your battery probe the starter case with the other one,if you get a reading of over half a volt it would indicate a bad earth,also use the same method to test the posative terminals.any reading over half a volt indicates high resistance.Its no harm to give your battery a good charge every now and again as no alternator can charge a battery 100%.keep me posted.

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The posative cable is red and/or has a + sign on the batterey terminal. The negative terminal is on the opposite side, and is black and/or - sign. The third is most likely a ground that goes from the negative terminal to something metal on the engine, just follow it.. It is possible that the third wire goes to an alarm or radio, or some device that requires power like an installed radar detector or GPS. If this is the case then it should have a fuse betwwen it and the battery, and sometimes it is in the device itself.

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Provided you did not connect the battery jump leads incorrectly, (which should have blown this fuse.)

(Correct is... Positive + to Posative and Negative -- to Negative.

I would charge up the battery, have it tested, and renew the fuse and go from there.

If all runs normally, check your alternator belt tension too.

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