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How do I tell the positive battery cable from the negative one?

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+ POSITIVE IS THE RED BATTERY CABLE - BLACK CABLE IS THE BATTERY NEGATIVE GROUND CABLE.

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Should have a + symbol for positive and - for negative. The left post is usually the positive given the battery is in engine compartment and installed correctly. Usually the correct cable will only reach the correct post.

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The pos side usually has two or three together and are usuaaly red

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Before I even start here. I've got to tell you, you provide the best info / details / descriptions of any one I've tried to help on this site. I wish they all would get a clue from you. Thanks.

Back to the problem.You are closer to the solution than you think.

The fact that you can jump start it rules out everything except the Battery and the negative cable. Everything works when you bypass these.

Rule out the negative cable by re-jumping, only this time attach the negative jumper to the negative terminal of the battery.
If it starts, With the jump, It's the battery. No Doubt.

By all means, bring it back to where you purchased it (Autozone?). Have them check it. Tell them whats happening, they'll exchange it.

I've gotten two more people in the last week who had replaced the battery (Oh No, it can't be the battery), only to find the new one was bad. It happens.

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