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Posted by pme [Email] (#1496) [Profile/Gallery] (more from pme) on Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:57:59 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Sorry, I wasnt 100% clear, Navid [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:49:03
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Stephen makes a good point about the cables. They are known to corrode internally, not easily visible, and if yours are original to the car, I would be highly suspect of them, especially the positive.

As the corrosion worsens, the resistance in the cable increases, preventing the alternator from effectively recharging the battery. It also, as Stephen mentions, generates a fair amount of heat at the alternator and starter lugs and that can contribute to premature failure of those.

Your best bet is to do a voltage drop test and either rule in or out the cables ... I will embed a link below.

When my positive cable tested bad (significant drop in voltage under load along its length) and was replaced, it made a tremendous difference in crank speed, starting speed, lights got brigher, etc.

good luck

~pme







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