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Old 07-12-2004, 03:02 PM   #11
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I installed the foam anti-corrosion washers today and all I did was disconnect one terminal at a time and put the washers in place. Sure enough I lost all power in the car again. I futz with it for a few minutes and it came back to life. While it was running, I wiggled the positive lead and the car died, so this is definately where my problem lies. I tried giving another turn and a half with the ratchet and it'* been fine since. If the positive terminal is starting to fail, how bad a job is it to replace? It looks like it'* actually two terminals with one end. On lead goes by the coil packs and under the engine cover...(to the alt?) and the other one heads down by the starter. I'd guess this is factory.
I guess I missed something here. I thought you meant that when you wiggled the positive terminal on the battery the car died. I interpeted that as meaning the positive terminal inside the battery was loose. I'm not sure about the cables coming out the ICM.
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I think it'* the actual terminal that connects to the battery.... I've never had a problem with the terminal on the battery. Do you think it'* battery side?
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I've had a battery where the terminal inside the battery was loose. It'* also remotely possible that the bolt going into the battery terminal is bad. I've never had to replace the battery cables themselves. How old is your present battery?
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I'm not sure, I just bought the car a week ago from a dealer. It doesn't look old.
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I dont know if this will help you, but i had a similar problem with my car. My antenna wasnt working right, and the motor would just run and run but the antenna wouldnt move. It did that all night, and the next morning when i came out to start it, it didnt start. Jumped it and it ran fine. I was running on the highway and when i applied the brakes, the whole car shut off and it was dinging every dinger it had. They said that the battery was ran down so low that the alternater couldnt recharge it. I dont know if this is what you are experincing, or what not, but i just got a new battery and it was fixed.
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I'm not sure, I just bought the car a week ago from a dealer. It doesn't look old.
Well, as you may know, Looks (especially from a dealer) can be deceiving!
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Okay this should clear it up. When wiggling the Positive terminal cable, hold the bolt so it does not move, and see if the car stalls just wiggling the actual cable, that should determine the difference between faulty cable, or a faulty battery.

If I were you, i'd just purchase a new battery, just because dealers are crooks. Go with something 630CCA or higher [not CA, but CCA]. They arn't that expensive and cheap insurance against one more thing going wrong [trust me, I found out the hard way when my battery died].


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just wondering if this problem is completely fixed yet? if not i would look at the ignition switch.....
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It'* definately either the terminal on the battery or the positive cable. It really hasn't been an issue since I cleaned the positive cable and tightened the connection. I'm buying a battery this weekend.
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cool, i don't know if you've got your heart set on a particular battery or not, but i highly recommend the optima red top. i've got one in my car and i'm very impressed with it. it'* been through things that no ordinary lead acid battery could hold up to and didn't even flinch! and i've found them for $100 which isn't too bad of a price. it was either sam'* club or costco. i don't remember which one. no core charge there either!
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