I went to fire up my 2000 ext cab Silverado, 5.3L Z71 on Saturday and
all the dash lights blinked and the starter would not turn over. Upon
inspection of the battery, I wiggled the cables very lightly (thinking
they may have come loose) and the Positive cable fell off in my hand
with the side mounted battery post still connected. After many hours
of screwing with it, I had the truck towed home. I could not get the
battery terminal off the cable. I then cuth the cable at the
connector and replaced with a $1.39 AZ universal side mount connector.
I got most of the strands into the connector, but there are 4 or 5
that are loose. Is this fix permanent or just a band aid? Should I
fork out the $60+ for a new battery cable, or is this good enough?
Also, I jumped the truck and started driving home with the battery
cable disconnected. The truck died at 40mph about 2 miles later. My
NAPA contact said the computer will shut down to minimize damage since
the circuit is not closed. Does this make any sense? My '78 will run
forever with no battery as long as the alternator belt doesn't break.