What is the Battery Cable all about?
Battery cables sends the current from the battery to other electrical parts (starter, alternator, fuse block). Without battery cables, there will be no electrical power in any part of your vehicle. The cables are found under the hood and are linked to the battery on one end and the engine and electrical accessories on the other. All vehicles have multiple cables. These cables can become rusted and cause bad connections, which will not let the right amount of current to be transferred to the electrical parts in the car.
Bear in mind:
In most situation, battery cables cannot be worked and must be replaced as an assembly. But in some cases, your auto mechanic may be able to cut the corroded components of the cable and install a terminal end. By doing this, you can avoid changing the cable assembly.
How it’s carried:
- Carry a voltage drop test.
- Remove and change cables if voltage drop is more than 0.1 volt.
- Clean cables.
- Check the charging system.
- Carry out a starter draw test.
- Test for proper voltage output from alternator.
Rust is the battery cable’s worst enemy. If you open the hood of your vehicle, you may find a white or bluish powdery substance (dried acid) on the battery and cables. This acidic substance will rust the battery terminal ends and the battery cable. It is a good habit to have the battery and cables inspected and cleaned at regular intervals (our recommendation is every other oil change). This will stop the corrosion from building up and it will increase the life of the battery cables.
What common signs indicate you may need to replace the Battery Cable
- vehicles does not start.
- Clicking noise when starting the vehicle.
- Electrical parts (e.g. lights, radio, horn) may not work.
How vital is this service
Battery cables sends current from the battery to the electrical parts of the vehicle. Without functioning battery cables, the battery has no way of sending out energy. The alternator and starter depend on battery cables for power, so malfunctioning cables mean that your car won’t start up or have any electrical energy.