What is a Battery Cable

posted on 22 Apr 2015 20:49 by simran269m7hu1

What is a Battery Cable?

 

Battery cables transfer the current from the battery to other electrical components (starter, alternator, fuse block). Without battery cables there will be no electrical power in any part of your car. The cables are located under the hood and are attached to the battery on one end and the engine and electrical accessories on the other. All cars have multiple cables. These cables can become corroded causing bad connections, which will not allow the right amount of current to be transferred to the electrical components in the car.

 

Point to Remember

 

In most cases, battery cables cannot be repaired and must be replaced as an assembly. But in some cases, your technician may be able to cut the corroded part of the cable and install a terminal end. By doing this you can avoid replacing the cable assembly.

 

What you can do:

 

·         Perform a voltage drop test.

 

·         Remove and replace cables if voltage drop is more than 0.1 volt.

 

·         Clean cables.

 

·         Inspect charging system.

 

·         Perform a starter draw test.

 

·         Test for proper voltage output from alternator.

 

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Corrosion is the battery cable’s worst enemy. If you open the hood of your car, you may find a white or bluish powder substance (dried acid) on the battery and cables. This acidic substance will corrode the battery terminal-ends and the battery cable. It is a good practice to have the battery and cables checked and cleaned at regular intervals (e.g. every other oil change). This will prevent the corrosion from building up and it will extend the life of the battery cables.

 

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Battery Cable?

 

·         Car does not start.

 

·         Clicking noise when starting the car.

 

·         Electrical components (e.g. lights, radio, horn) may not work.

 

Car Battery Repair & Maintenance

 

Battery Replacement

 

What is a Battery all about?

 

The battery is the sole source of electrical power for the car. The battery is charged during vehicle operation by the alternator. If the battery is not charged sufficiently, you will not be able to start the car or use any electrical components (lights, radio, etc.).

 

Point to Remember

 

After your technician installs a new battery, you may lose your personal settings for radio stations, clock etc.

 

What you can do:

 

·         Perform a load test.

 

·         Remove and replace the battery if it is bad.

 

·         Clean the cables and install anti-corrosion washers.

 

·         Test charge system for proper operation.

 

We recommend:

 

Corrosion is the battery cable’s worst enemy. If you open the hood of your car, you may find a white or bluish powder looking substance (dried acid) on the battery and cables. This acidic substance will corrode the battery terminal-ends and the battery cables. It is good practice to have the battery and cables checked and cleaned at regular intervals. This will prevent the corrosion from building up and it will extend the life of the battery cables. Applying Vaseline or a dielectric grease compound to the terminals of the cables will also prevent any corrosion build-up.

 

 

 

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Battery?

 

·         Car does not start.

 

·         None of the electrical components work (try the lights and radio).

 

 

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