Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Automobile Battery Cable Backups

Fig.2 Cables attached together
By Gary Boutin

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Battery cables two sets

I was visiting a good friend name Gary A. in Fullerton, California who needed a favor to drive his spare automobile to the local garage. He needed to move a Buick Electra out of his driveway but he ran into a little problem. He tried to start the car, the battery just click and click and the battery was to weak to start the car. He took his set of battery cable out of his Toyota pickup truck and tried to reach the auto battery. But his truck battery cable was to four feet to short. What to do! 

This post shows the ten steps to solving this problem.

Step 1: It turned out that Gary had a spare set of battery cables in the Buick Electra trunk, so he had two sets of battery cables.
Step 2: Above fig.2 shows that each battery cable are attached together, that is the positive side
Fig.1 Yellow on orange
Step 3: Orange/yellow being positive from the Toyota battery to positive on the Buick Electra battery. 
Step 4: Black being negative on the first battery to black on the second battery. 
Step 5: In the picture below red and orange are together, and that the positive side of the battery cables. 
Step 6: Fig.3 shows the black is attached to black and in the yellow attached to the Red side of the Buick Electra battery.
Fig.3 Attached to the battery
Step 7: Black is attached to the negative side of the battery. 
Step 8: The most common color in all battery cables is that the negative will always be black in color. The negative doesn't have to be on the battery, the negative is called the ground, but it is commonly placed on the battery to have a good charge. 
Step 9: If the second set is a different color than as long as the correct color goes to the positive side of the battery than the contacts will be fine 
Step 10: Gary was able to crank the Buick Electra engine and then the battery cables were removed and then we both took separate automobiles and drove the Buick garage for repair. Like all things in this post, safety comes first, if you are not sure, do not attempt this yourself and let a automobile mechanic or tow truck operator take care of your battery needs.

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