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Old 06-25-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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I hope you fine folks don't mind me invading your forum for a question on what should be a simple matter.

Keep in mind I'm a Civic gal (ducks) so I'm used to simple foreign economy car engines, but my son inherited my father'* 1989 Bonneville. The alternator melted, and, both of us being short of funds, we'd like to change it ourselves. Now, I'm not an auto mechanic but I have done a lot of my own repairs over the years. Probably the easiest thing in the world to do is change the battery.

Except on this car. I've never seen a cable connected to the terminal without a clamp. How in the world do I disconnect the negative? Do I just pry it off? I'm afraid to attempt it since I know nothing of this type of connection. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated for this poor single mom.
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I hope you fine folks don't mind me invading your forum for a question on what should be a simple matter.

Keep in mind I'm a Civic gal (ducks) so I'm used to simple foreign economy car engines, but my son inherited my father'* 1989 Bonneville. The alternator melted, and, both of us being short of funds, we'd like to change it ourselves. Now, I'm not an auto mechanic but I have done a lot of my own repairs over the years. Probably the easiest thing in the world to do is change the battery.

Except on this car. I've never seen a cable connected to the terminal without a clamp. How in the world do I disconnect the negative? Do I just pry it off? I'm afraid to attempt it since I know nothing of this type of connection. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated for this poor single mom.
there is an 8mm bolt going into the back of the trminal.. the bolt goes through the terminal into the battery instead of having the post on top like in your civic
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Well, that'* not very clear to me - I'm having trouble understanding what you mean by the "back" of the terminal, since this is a side-post battery - are you saying that what appears to be the top of the terminal, is actually a bolt, and loosening that will loosen the cable?

Thanks for your quick response, it is greatly appreciated.
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are you saying that what appears to be the top of the terminal, is actually a bolt, and loosening that will loosen the cable?
correct. the bolt will have to come all the way out, then he cable will come off.
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Thak you SOOOO much! If I run into any other problems I'll be back!
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Thanks, toastedoats, the new alternator is on and the batterie'* charging up just fine. I'm sure my son will be visiting this forum because he just loves this Bonnie!
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Thanks, toastedoats, the new alternator is on and the batterie'* charging up just fine. I'm sure my son will be visiting this forum because he just loves this Bonnie!
great to hear! glad we could help, and get you son on here!
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