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I suspect my battery cables/grounds might be bad..
turboken Offline
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#1
I've been poking at the bird here and there recently, and realized it's been about 15 years that my negative battery cable has had some green crap creeping out of the insulation. I'd like to replace the battery cables, and any of the engine grounds/starter cable. Does anyone have any good pics of the locations of these things? I know I've routed my starter cable differently than stock (I've had the car since I was a dumbass 17 year old, 21 years later I wish I had been a little more careful with some things), but even having pulled the motor I don't remember seeing any braided grounds like my Subaru has. It looks like for the battery cables I'll just have to buy some generic cable and cut to length and such. Any advice/pictures/warnings for me? Or even better any full kits available for what im trying to do (LOL yeah right).

Thanks,
Ken
88TC-Black/Raven,A237 cam,ported and polished intakes/exhaust, gillis valve, o-ringed deck, head studs
85 Xr7 rough survivor 82k miles
2008 Subaru Impreza non turbo :-(
73 Honda CB750 (running parts bike for dads '69)
04 Honda 1000rr
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Jeff K Offline
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#2
As long as the starter cable isnt near anything hot, like exhaust on laying on the engine, and not in danger of contacting anything moving, any routing is fine. Zip ties are your friend.

Green stuff on any cable ends = replace the cable. Generic cables are cheap at any parts store. I doubt that big $$$ OEM cables are available for a 30+ year old low production volume car.

You can replace an engine to chassis braided ground strap with a battery cable with lugs on each end.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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turboken Offline
Member
#3
Thanks, that's what I mostly thought. With the rain we've had, my car is sitting in mud, there's no way I can get it into my shop, and the negative cable that goes into some kind of connector looks like I have to trace it from under the car. I don't think I'll be able to for at least another 2 weeks! I did mic the cables so i can buy generic lenghts after i know where things go underneath. It's done a lot of sitting the past decade and a half, and I'm having a serious Tbird withdrawl. All of a sudden (like the day it started raining 3 weeks ago) i have this insatiable urge to be driving a tbird, mine or a new one. who cares the windows and sunroof wont open lol!
88TC-Black/Raven,A237 cam,ported and polished intakes/exhaust, gillis valve, o-ringed deck, head studs
85 Xr7 rough survivor 82k miles
2008 Subaru Impreza non turbo :-(
73 Honda CB750 (running parts bike for dads '69)
04 Honda 1000rr
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