FWIW, this should be noted by anyone who reads this thread. As a side note,
maybe car manufacturers should start adding a section in the Owners Manual,
or even a warning label under the hood by the battery, stating that the
battery should absolutely NOT be disconnected while the car is running.
Not to pick on just one person but, why do people believe that while the car
is running, disconnecting one of the battery terminals is an effective way
to test their charging system? I don't know how many times I've heard
backyard mechanics (no offense Backyard Mechanic) and even sometimes
"certified mechanics" tell people that this is a good way to test your
charging system. BULLSHIT!! This is a good way to toast the computer, and
many times other parts of the electrical system. If you think you had
problems with your car beforehand and you try this trick and fry your $500
computer, or worse, you'll really be in trouble.
At some point, and I'm suprised it hasn't happened yet, someone is going to
post a topic stating that they were diagnosing a charging problem and
decided to pull off one of the battery terminals with the car running.
Then, if they happen to have a horseshoe up their ass, they'll continue on
about how they miraculously made it out of the garage when the car caught on
fire, after the positive terminal decided to weld itself onto the negative
terminal because it was moving about with the car running. This, or
something worse, is bound to happen if people continue to make fools of
themselves because they don't know what they are doing. Something to ponder
for a minute, if the power went out in your house, would you climb the
telephone pole on a ladder and start fiddling with the power lines in an
attempt to restore power to your home? No I don't think so.
Point being, when it comes to doing mechanical work on cars, use some common
sense. And if you don't know what you are doing, take it to someone who
Just my 2 cents,