I already check the terminal clamps and cables. Remove and gave them a good clean with a wire brush. and check both ends on the cables.
to jump start the car i attached one end of one cable to the dead battery's positive terminal. then i attach the other end of the same cable to the positive terminal of the battery in the starting vehicle, and then attach one end of the other cable to the negative terminal of the battery in the starting vehicle. and last i attach the other end of that cable to the engine block of
the car with the dead battery.
If you can get to a battery dealer, have them do a LOAD CHECK'. Some batteries can posses what is called a 'surface charge'. They have the volts, but not the amps. This will tell you.
well its a new battery, but i guess i'll take it into autozone...
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Same philosophy regardless of vehicle or equipment.
CAUTION! Battery contains acid which can also be present in general area. Take appropriate precautions.
1) Dis-connect Negative terminal.
2) Disconnect Positive terminal.
3) Remove battery hold down brackets
4) Remove battery from vehicle. Rinse hands to make sure no acid on them
5) Clean terminal connections (battery post clamps). I use a weak solution of baking soda in water and soak the clamps until the foaming stops, then rinse well with fresh water. It's a good idea to rinse the battery tray with the baking soda solution and then water before installing the new battery.
6) Place the new battery in the correct position in the vehicle.
7) Re-install the hold down brackets.
8) Connect the positive cable to the positive battery terminal.
9) Connect the negative cable to the Negative battery terminal.
10) Start engine to check.
11) All done, Make sure the hood is closed.
12) Nap time.
You can buy replacement ends,label positive and negaative and then remove them and clean the battery with battery cleaner and terminals with a terminal brush, next is to cut the old ends off as close to terminal as you can, then strip covering back about an inch and then clamp it to new terminal and hook back to battery. heres a picture of the replacement terminal and the cleaning brush, good day.
Your battery clamps need to be clean/and tight-remove them and clean them and the battery posts with a wire brush. If you go to a local auto parts store, the make brushes specifically for this that clean both the posts and the lugs for the battery cables. After cleaning, make sure they are on tight-your description is a bad connection at the battery, not the starter.
Loosen the bolt that holds the negative battery terminal and then positive battery terminal. Put the new one in and reverse order to put in.
and pull up on the end of the cable with your hand. If it does not come
off easily you may want to purchase a battery terminal puller from your
local auto parts store. This will help prevent damage to your battery
or cables. It is not recommended to use a screwdriver as a pry-bar,
this could break off your battery terminal or cause other damage.
Detach the positive (red) battery cable from the battery using the same method.
Using a combination wrench or a socket and ratchet, remove the battery hold-down clamp.
Take the battery out of the battery tray. Batteries are heavy, so grab from the bottom using both hands. If the battery has a handle, use that instead.
Use baking soda mixed with water and a wire brush to clean any corrosion from the battery tray and the hold-down clamp.
the battery cable connectors with a wire brush. To remove heavy
corrosion from the connectors, use battery-cleaning solution (available
at any auto-parts store).
the new battery in the battery hold-down tray and secure the battery
with the hold-down clamp. Spray both terminal ends with anti-corrosion
solution (optional). Attach and tighten the positive battery cable.
Attach and tighten the negative battery cable. Check that all cable
connectors are tight. If you can move them at all, your car may not
First you need the proper replacement battery. Be sure it will physically fit, and the + and - posts are in the same location as the original.
Remove the - (black) cable first, then the + (red). Undo the battery hold down and remove the old battery. Place new battery in tray, install hold down hardware. Check battery cable connectors to be sure they are clean. Use a wire brush or battery terminal cleaner brush (any auto parts store, a few bucks) to clean off any corrosion. Connect + (red) battery cable, then - (black) cable. Tighten cable clamps.
I would bet your guess is the correct one, cold weather is the killer of batteries,you need to chose one that has high cca's Cold Cranking Amps, the hight the number the longer it will turn your engine over in the cold before dying. the blue color around the battery post is corrosion,the best way to get rid of it is to pour hot water on it, "not pepsi" like some think because it will just return.
Clean the battery posts and cable ends real good with some course sandpaper or a real terminal brush. If you have those clamp on replacement cable ends take them apart, clean everything good, Clean any corrosion off the cable, clamp it all back together good and tight. Or better yet replace both battery cables with new battery cables with made on ends. Check where the other end of both cables go. Clean that connection good. Check negative post to ground for ohms, should be near zero. Check positive post to ground for volts, should be 12-1/2 to 13. Maybe the battery has a dead cell.
From your post, it seems that you may have only cleaned the outside of the terminals. The engine was cranking... this tells me that 'though cleaning the terminals is a good maintenence item, you did not have a problem there. Remove the cables and clean the inside of the wire terminals and the battery contacts. This will put you back where it would crank, but not start. (make sure the battery is fully charged while you are there) After you can crank the engine, check for spark at plug wires, fuel supply etc. Problems there will begin to tell you where to proceed! Good luck!