[DMCForum] Re: connecting batteries (accidental graound)
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[DMCForum] Re: connecting batteries (accidental graound)

When we come to Florida, remind me to bring the 1/2" wrench I once
made accidental contact between battery terminals with (looked away
while tightening nut and swung too far). Is melted &  burned on open
and box ends. 800 amps is nothing to fool around with.

Bill Robertson

>--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Walter Coe" <Whalt@xxxx> wrote:
> 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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