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Battery Cable

There are two very large cables that attach to the battery. The negative cable is normally black and connects to the chassis and/or engine block. The positive cable is normally red and connects to the starter, alternator, and/or fuse box.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Starter will not turn or turns slowly
  • Cables and ends may look rotted or damaged
  • Loose or corroded terminals
  • Heat felt through the insulation of the cables when engine is cranking

Related Repair Advice

  • If you attempt to replace battery cables yourself, follow proper procedures. You should always disconnect the cables at the battery first.
  • All battery cable connections must be clean and tight

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