I put in a new battery in my Intrepid, and while finishing the job and replacing the air filter housing. The smaller wire coming off the positive battery cable broke. I tried to repair it via splicing with a quick (auto zone) harness, wrapping with black electrical tape. Now my battery light comes on approx. 10-15 after running the car.
Question...what's the best solution in repairing that, for I feel maybe the harness is not letting enough current across to each wire? What & where does that wire lead down to?
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First take the negative cable off the battery. Then the positive cable. Now the positive cable will attach to the starter with a large eyelet, so take off the nut for the cable, then remove the positive cable, the other wires that attach here simply pick up battery power at that point. Put them all back on with the positive cable in the order they were pulled off. Tighten the nut down. Clamp the positive onto the battery, then the negative.
To make the job the easiest, don't buy a generic positive cable, but buy the one specifically designed for your car. If Nissan is too expensive, buy a generic one that is the same length with the same connectors at each end. Doesn't have to be exactly the same length, but within 3 or 4 inches. The length of a wire or cable is important when considering how much power is to be applied to the starter-a considerably longer cable will just have less power available at its end.
1. disconnect the positive cable from the battery 2. press on the brake for 10 sec. to drain all the power out of the vehicles main computer 3. locate the starter and disconnect the positive wire from the starter motor 4. disconnect the ground wire from the starter motor 5. remove the 2 or 3 bolts that hold the starter in ( remember the starter only goes in one way ) 6. put in new starter 7. put in the bolts torque the bolts to 23 ft. pounds 8. replace the power to power bolt tighten up tight 9. replace the ground wire to the proper spot 10. return the positive battery wire to the proper spot 11. start the vehicle
Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
Fig. 1: Disconnect the negative battery cable
Remove the three bolts attaching the starter to the engine/transaxle.
Fig. 2: Remove the three starter mounting bolts
CAUTION Be careful when removing the starter motor mounting bolts, the motor can be quite heavy. Personal injury could result if the starter motor falls from its mounting position.
Remove the starter from the the transmission housing. Position the starter to gain access to the wiring connectors.
Remove the battery positive cable nut from the starter and remove the cable.
Fig. 3: Remove the battery positive cable nut from the starter and remove the cable
Disconnect the push on solenoid connector.
Remove the starter from the vehicle.
Clean all wire terminals of dirt, grease or corrosion.
Attach the electrical wire connectors and secure with the mounting nuts. Tighten the starter solenoid B+ nut to 90 inch lbs. (10 Nm) and the solenoid wire-to-starter nut to 55 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
Hold the starter motor in place, then secure in place with the 3 attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
The battery is located below the air filter housing on the passenger
side of the vehicle. You will have to remove the shield in the wheel
well to remove the battery. You will have to remove the air cleaner to
access the top mount battery posts and the hold down attachments
Disconnect battery negative cable Remove and Install Battery Cable Raise vehicle. For easier servicing, do not remove the wiring from starter at this time. Remove three starter attaching bolts from engine/transaxle Starter - Remove starter assembly from transmission housing. Position the starter to gain access to the wiring connectors. Remove the battery positive cable nut from starter and remove the cable Wire Terminal Connections. Remove the starter from vehicle. INSTALLATION For installation, reverse the above procedures. Clean corrosion/dirt from the cable and wire terminals before installing wiring to the solenoid.Thank you for using FixYa,Lee Davidian
You need to remove the panel from in front of the passenger side front
tire to access the battery. You will also have to remove the air filter
housing to get at the battery hold down so you can remove the battery.
Hope this helped.