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Old June 2nd, 2007, 05:16 PM
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Question Replacing Battery Cables

I bought new battery cables and think they should be fairly easy to replace but before i tear anything up I wanted to see if there are any quirks I should know about????.

My 1994 D90 sat in the (damp Galveston Island) garage for 6 months. needless to say my battery was shot. I replaced the battery, it started right up, backed it out, washed it, went to start it to take for a ride and nothing.. lights and all electrial are fine.. battery is at 12.5 volts.. Not even a click from the ignition. Banged on the starter. Nothing.. Starter is the second one, dealer replaced 30,000 hwy miles ago, so I am assuming the cables are coroded where I cannot see it. If it's not the cable, then it's another $160 tow to the Rover Shoppe in Houston..

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Old June 2nd, 2007, 05:20 PM
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Probably just a bad connection. Take both battery wires, remove both ends and clean up really well. Also check the starting lead in the solenoid of the starter.
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 09:14 PM
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12.5 is pretty low, your batt. may just be dead. Someone else on here had the same problem with about the same voltage reading a few weeks ago and it was the batt.
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12.5 is not on the high side, but should be enough to generate the starter click (mileage varies, but should be about 75-80% charged). I'd say that you have water somewhere that needs to be displaced. Are your lights working? in cab light working? Is this just a starter issue or something else (can you hear the fuel pump relay/fuel pump when you turn the key in the ignition?...)
In term of starter wire issues, I'd also suspect the starting lead to the solenoid of the starter (as Red90 said). Common source of issues.
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Are your lights working? in cab light working? Is this just a starter issue or something else (can you hear the fuel pump relay/fuel pump when you turn the key in the ignition?...)
In term of starter wire issues, I'd also suspect the starting lead to the solenoid of the starter (as Red90 said). Common source of issues.
Everything electrical works fine and there is no noise from anywhere...
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That doesn't mean you don't have a bad connection...... The starter need a lot of amps just to do anything.

Jump from the main lead to the solenoid and see what happens. Pretend you are an auto thief....

Make sure all your ground leads are clean and good.

12.5 V is normal. If you really think it is the battery, try a jump start.
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