I am trying to replace the battery cable in a 6 cylinder Chrysler Labaron. Because the are old and corroded. There is a clicking noise when I try to start the car and it seems like it isn't getting the power it needs to tturn over efficiently and start. It tries to turn over but then stops. I also think I broke the ignition switch because it turn all the way now without any catch and doesn't connect. It's like I broke it and it is limp. Any pointers for me. I am trying to fix it myself if possible.
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Re: Battery Cable Replacement help?
Whell now you have two problems but try to jump start the car and let me know what happens, also did you replace the batterie cable with the conector at batterie? or just the cable, if it was just the cable remove the conector and clean it inside
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NO. The negative cable connects usually to the frame of the vehicle in order to ground it properly. If the cable is corroded it should be fairly easy to replace. Just buy a new negative cable and find out where the old one leads to, take out the bolt and bolt the new cable on in the same place and then connect to the battery.
First a little more clarification would be helpful in, Why do you think the cable needs replaced? If the cable is corroded at terminal connection a new connection fitting is much more simpler than cable replacement. Nonetheless, remove the negative battery cable first, then the positive. (1)Clean the corroded area's with baking soda and water mixture (you should wear eye and hand protection- battery acid will eat through clothing in a matter of minutes).Scrub gently with nylon brush -using a wire brush can cause sparks and may cause a fire from hydrogen gas escaping form battery. Flush with clean water and your ready to start the next process. (2)Assuming you will adding a new terminal connection fitting - cut off bad fitting with wire cutters or hack saw, skin back wire about ONE inch and install new cable fitting.(3) install / reconnect battery. (4) Your cars computer will be cleared of all learned shifting patterns and other feedback information. It will revert back to factory preprogrammed settings. Average cost of replacement cable clamp $3.50. New cable cost to starter +$30.00
Aftermarket parts houses have replacement battery cables for some cars. For other cars, there are replacement battery cable terminal ends available. You cut the existing terminal off of the battery cable and the replacement terminal will clamp on to the end of the cable with bolts.
NOTE: Nothing on your car works without the battery. I have had many vehicles towed into my shop because of improper cable end replacements. Make sure the connections are clean and tight and free of corrosion.
Suspect the positive battery terminal is either corroded, or the cable itself has corroded through. If you have a meter or test light, look for voltage at the starter solenoid where the positive battery cable connects to. Have someone try the starter while watching this point. If the voltage disappears during the start attempt, try replacing the positive battery cable. There are replacement ends available (for the battery end), but they are problematic at best. Just remove the old terminal, cut the insulation back somewhat, and mount the replacement on the cable (two small bolts). Hope this helps!
Check the battery positive cable there is a problem with the positive side of the battery cracking open and corroding the cable. You may need to just replaced the battery and cable if the corrosion hasn't gone to deep in the cable.