A good little device that can be used as a safety and security measure is a battery disconnect switch. By installing this, you have control over thieves who want to drive off your car. With a push of a button, you can shut off the power from the battery so that the car will not start. You can easily install a battery switch on your automobile without any special tools and by dedicating only about an hour of your time. Here are the procedures to follow to install this by yourself.
1 – GET NEW BATTERY SWITCH
During installation of a battery switch, you need to pay very close attention to the actual switch that you purchase. Look at your owner’s manual and know the exact power output of your battery and other components. The battery disconnect switch that you bought should match up with this. If it does not, then you will keep blowing the switch, and if this happens as you are driving down the road, the results could be pretty devastating.
2 – TAKE OUT CABLES FROM BATTERY
A dangerous tradition that most people get into is to remove only the negative cable from the battery when working on the electrical components. You should always disconnect both the positive and the negative cables from the battery poles to ensure your working safety. Use this time to clean them off so you know you have a good connection point.
3 – DISCONNECT NEGATIVE CABLE TERMINAL
Soon as you have both cables removed, you will want to remove the terminal from the end of the negative one. You can use a Philips screwdriver to do this very easily, but be careful not to break any of the wire as you unscrew it.
4 – WIRE IN SWITCH
Now that you have removed the terminal, you can now install the switch. Wire it in between the cable and the battery terminal, so the switch will break the connection to the battery when it is off. Be sure when you add the switch that you install it in the “On” position.
5 – RECONNECT TERMINAL
Now that the switch is wired on at the end of the battery cable, you can now reconnect the terminal.
6 – SCREW SWITCH TO FRAME
Locate a concealed area to secure the disconnect switch, as this will ensure that anyone who wants to steal your car will not be able to easily find it. Once you have found a place, mark the holes for the screws that will be holding the switch in place with a marker. Now drill pilot holes with your drill and ensure that any burrs are removed. Then, position the switch with the holes lined up and secure with the supplied screws. You may need to cover the wire connections with a little dab of silicone caulking to act as a weatherproofing agent so the wire connections do not start to corrode and eventually fall off.
7 – CONNECT BATTERY CABLES
Now that you have all of the wires connected and the switch installed, you can now reconnect the battery cables to the battery poles. Feel free to also test the switch at this time by turning on your car and activating the switch.