Re: [DMCForum] connecting batteries (was Re: Interesting problem with ba
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Re: [DMCForum] connecting batteries (was Re: Interesting problem with battery.)



Andrew & Rich are exactly right.

On DeLoreans, I connect the negative side first because it
is towards the back of the battery compartment and harder to
reach.  By connecting it first, I don't have a connected
positive cable in the way.  The fiberglass underbody make a
great insulator, so there is no worry about touching a
wrench to ground.

On non-DeLoreans, I connect the positive side first.
Otherwise if you connect the negative side first and then
slip with the wrench against the chassis while connecting
the positive side then you could short the battery out.
500+ amps going through a wrench will likely melt it.  My
dad once melted a watch band off his wrist while working in
an engine compartment -- quite a nasty burn.

Walt



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