ok i had post a few questions recently about a 1997 buick lesabre and a battery
problem. ok someone said it might be stripped. well im lost i took it to
autozone they said its fine and the batterys charge was good. they didnt know
why the battery cables comes loose they said contact buick and talk to them.
well before i took the car to autozone i was comming home from work the check
engine light came on and the tranny if you read reviews it says about misfire
etc. it felt like that problem. autozone hooked it up on a machine and it needs
a tuneup they said. im so confused about the battery though sighs
I don't mean to knock the fine clerks at autozone, so if the tester they
used showed the battery charge to be adequate, it may very-well be. I'd
be curious how the battery-cable connection nuts were tested.
Overtightening is the usual cause of losening battery cables. The bolts
are steel and the nuts the bolts are connecting into are a lessor metal.
IOWs, it's very easy to strip/damage the threads in the nuts. (there is
a torque value to tighten the bolts) Make some sort of depth-gauge and
determine if the depth of the nut is deeper than the bolt. If that is
the case, use bolts long enough to 'almost' bottom-out in the nut and
maybe apply some type of thread-locker. Now, if that course of action
won't work, the better solution would be to use a battery with top post
connections(some batteries come with both side and top-post connection)
and change the cables or just the cable ends(not the best way but less
expensive) to accomodate the post connection. Battery connection
problems are not something you should have to deal with/worry about,
especially in cold weather.
Hope this helps......
On Fri, 5 Nov 2004 09:14:56 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
Well, actually no. The bolts are the "lessor" metal. For precisely
this reason. What's better? A 2$ or less bolt or an expensive battery?
The batteries have a hardened steel insert...not the lead you are
looking at. So unless you are trying the backwoods approach, (a grade
8 bolt and washers from Bubba's hardware store and a 1/2 inch drive
ratchet,) the bolt strips out before the bolt hole. The OP didn't
mention replacing the bolts with new ones, the correct ones. Chances
are *very* good, that will fix their problem. At least it has almost
every time I've done it, with the only exceptions listed above. Of
course, what do I know? I've only been working on them since GM
started using side post batteries some thirty years ago.
Why not use the correct replacement parts? They are the correct
length, the correct design, they have the feature of being made of a
softer metal than the insert in the battery and they are available at
every auto parts store in the United States. Oh, you must be one of
those I was referring to above. 'Nuff said. LOL!
It doesn't. You are making an easy solution much more difficult.
Well I'm certainly not going to argue with someone that started 12yrs
after I did. I didn't know he had a GM battery.....how did you? I was
only trying to help the man, as I always do. Your mean-spirited,
know-it-all, reply will get the attention it deserves.
On Tue, 9 Nov 2004 22:25:59 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Didn't mean to slight you for so long. I didn't know what brand he
had. All side post batteries sold in the US have hardened inserts.
Well, as long as they come from Johnson Controls, Exide, or Delphi
which account for about 99% of batteries sold in the US.
No, I just cut to the chase and try not to waste peoples time. Often,
I come across as harsh, but I don't mean it. :-/
I don't frequent the group, and was just looking for some old info at
the time. If I stepped on your toes, I apologize.
Did the factory battery leak acid? A notorious problem for GM. Chec
the positive cable to be sure its terminal is clean. If so th
cables could have wicked acid and are corroded inside the insulation.
sometimes this can go the whole length of a cable to the starter. Th
post above pointed out a good point that is usualy missed, the bol
maybe too long, I grind down one full thread on even new bolts
because they might be too long, if you tighten the bolt but ca
still move the cable terminal around, like its loose, it may very wel
be that bolt.
Hope this help
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84 worked for a number of security companies filling posiotions fro
guard to manager. Became a electronics technician for GM in 95.
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