Are you currently experiencing intermittent power loss in your vehicle? If you are, you'd better check your car's battery right away. Car batteries usually last for 3 to 5 years, but if yours is just one or two years old and you're already experiencing weak or total loss of power, you need to be alarmed. The best thing to do would be to check the components around the battery like the battery cables and terminals. These components are always exposed to extreme heat and pressure, so moisture inevitably builds up and causes corrosion. To prevent this from happening, you need to clean and inspect your battery cable and terminal regularly. To troubleshoot and repair them, here's a brief guide that guide that you can follow.
How to Troubleshoot Car Battery Cables
Find out if the battery cables of your vehicle are the source of your power woes by checking for the following:
1. Loose cables
Check if you have a loose battery cable in your ride to ensure that power is transmitted throughout your system. If you find a loose cable, give it a little twist to adjust it and secure its connection.
You should also check for rust forming on your cables. If you see that they are corroded, clean them right away by disconnecting them to the battery. Make sure that you take the negative cable out first before taking the positive one out. While you're at it, you can also clean the clamps and terminals of the battery as well. Clean all these components using a wire brush and then use a cloth to wipe the rust out. Set aside the cable after brushing and wiping it. Meanwhile, you need to pour hot water over the clamps and terminals to get every last trace of rust off. After that, wipe them to dry them and leave them to air dry for a while.
3. Frays or splits
After checking for rust, you should also inspect the battery cable for other forms of damage. Take a look at the cables and visually inspect them for any frays or splits. If you spot any, do a quick fix by wrapping the damaged part with electrical tape.
How to Replace Car Battery Cables
If the damage of your battery cable is too advanced, you should replace it to avoid experiencing problems while you drive. Here's how:
Step 1: Disconnect the negative cable first by taking the terminal out from the battery post and tracing its other end to remove it from the ground.
Step 2: After that, work on the positive battery cable next by disconnecting its terminal from the battery and tracing its other end to remove it from the starter solenoid.
Step 3: Before you attach the replacement cables, make sure the installation area is clean. As soon as you've cleaned it, you can attach the new cables to the battery.
Step 4: Make sure that the cables and terminals fit snugly. Don't over tighten them as this can damage the battery. As an added measure, you can also spray the new cables with protective coating to prevent them from rusting.