We've all experienced that sinking feeling of a car that won't turn over one morning. Dead car batteries are a common problem in colder climates or if you've done the ol' left your headlights on overnight. On occasion the issue might not be a dead battery. If you try to jump start your car only for it not to work, the next thing to check will be the battery cables. So the next question would be, how often should you replace your battery cables?
A battery cable connection consists of two heavy-gauge wires connected to the postive and negative terminals on your battery. The positive battery cable (red) is connected to the battery in your car’s computer. The negative battery cable (ground cable) is the black wire that connects the car battery to your vehicle’s chassis so it can be earthed. Together, they create a closed loop to allow power to flow from the alternator to your battery to be charged.
Here are some of the signs that it may be time to replace the battery cables on your car battery:
- Interior lights starting to dim.
- Your engine is slow to crank.
- Engine fails to start.
- Your car has lost electricity (radio, horn ect).
- The engine stalls if you don’t drive right away.
Faulty cables will not allow you to jumpstart or push-start your vehicle and will prevent power from flowing to your car's computer. Be sure to replace bad battery cables as soon as you notice these faults as they can cause damage to other electrical components of your vehicle. For the best range of high quality battery cables at the lowest prices from Battery Link and Hard Korr, check out our products below.
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