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Old 02-07-2010, 09:06 PM
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Default Help...truck won't start after terminal replacement.

hey folks,
I just changed my positive battery terminal on my 2000 dodge ram 1500. there are two large gauge wires and i used the screw clamp style terminal. battery was fully charged and fine before and now it's not cranking. lights and accessories are working fine. both terminals are clean and bright. both wires are clearly making good contact with each other and the terminal. the in-line fuse in the positive wire is good and the ground on the neg. is good. all fuses in the box look fine. i'm only getting solenoid clicks.
i can't figure it out. i sprayed it with crc electronic terminal oil. could i have shorted something? the only thing i can think of was when i was tightening the terminal nut i put a lot of pressure on the nut, but i don't think enough to damage anything in the battery.
somebody stole my voltmeter. it's hooked up to a trickle charger now and showing near full charge.
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:23 PM
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Why were you replacing the terminal to begin with? Starting problem? It sounds to me like a starter problem - either the solenoid or brushes might be worn out.
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the old one was corroded through. everything was working fine before.
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There might be corrosion on wire ends. I would disconnect neg clamp, take pos wires lose from pos clamp again. Clean wire ends and clamp mounting surface with a wire brush, then reinstall and recheck.
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did it a couple times...just clicks.
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Have someone hold the key in the crank position and give the starter a couple of whacks with a small hammer. If it turns over, you've found your problem.
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i'll try that.

i think i may have left the bolted on the positive with the neg terminal connected.
how hard is it to short the battery in these cases. and if it did short the accessories would be out too wouldn't they?
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tried rapping on the starter...it didn't start.
could the battery have drained somehow?
i'm leaving it on trickle overnight.
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nothing cleans all battery connections like putting baking soda powder on the battery terminals, clamps, & wire ends, then adding a bit of water
corrosion bubbles like a shaken soda can
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tried rapping on the starter...it didn't start.
could the battery have drained somehow?
i'm leaving it on trickle overnight.
It sounds to me like the clamp style terminal you put on isn't making a good connection. Your accessories/lights work because they don't draw much electrical current, but your starter is gonna draw a great deal of it. If the wires to clamp contact area isn't a solid physical connection you just won't get enough current through it to operate the starter.

The wires under the clamp need to be spread out as much as possible in order to maximize the contact surface area between the wires and the clamp. If the two wires are different sizes, try interlacing one into the other before you tighten the clamp. After you get everything hooked up give the wires a good hard tug to make sure they don't come out of the clamp. The rule of thumb is maximum surface contact and a tight physical fit.

I've never been a fan of that type of battery connector. I've found that it's money well spent to get the proper molded wire harness. I also use the felt washers on the battery terminals to keep corrosion at bay. Those little fellers really work well.
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