[DML] Re: Newbie Owner - First Question
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[DML] Re: Newbie Owner - First Question



Negative earth simply means that negative is ground, and that's all. 
Because negative earth is and has been standard for quite some time 
today on all new cars, you will never see warnings all over the 
place for negative earth. On some old cars (mainly foreign) the 
systems used to be positive earth-positive terminal being the ground 
and hooked up to the frame; the negative terminal hooked up to the 
starter. There are still endless debates and discussions about why 
positive earth systems were even used in the first place. I'm not 
aware of any advantages of a positive earth system. Your battery 
shouldn't loose charge that fast. Provided all your major ground 
points are clean (battery to frame, the one by the coil, etc), and 
all your major positive points are clean (back of alternator, the 
one on the starter, the one near the coil and even on the battery; 
just follow the big red and cluster of brown wires); your battery 
should last a long time. I can leave my car sitting for weeks 
without unhooking the battery and it will crank over without lacking 
power. If you don't know how old the battery is-get a new one, but 
also clean these ground because a new battery will still drain with 
bad electrical contacts. If you switch the polarities in the 
DeLorean long enough, you'll find your ground straps on the 
doors/fenders along with all the ground wires running through out 
car starting burning up. Your wipers along with a few other 
accessories will start running without a key in the ignition. So, 
obviously never hook up the battery or wires inside the coil area 
wrong or you'll have some burned wires to deal with. Anyway, the way 
to charge the battery is simply remove it from the car, and hook it 
up to the charger. Congratulations on the new car -----Dani B. #5003







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