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Old 11 Nov 2008, 08:12 am   #1 (permalink)
thara01@gmail.com
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Hello Everybody,

Couple of weeks back my car would not start. Nothing happens when i
insert the keys and when i turn the ignition. My dashboard lights did
not light up. I replaced my battery recently so i thought it is not
battery. So i opened the hood and touched the negative cable (not the
terminal). Then it started as normal. Took it to the mechanic
explained the scenario and he said it is the bad terminal. I tried to
explain him what i did and he said the negative terminal look bad and
that is the reason for the change. The same thing happened today
morning. My camry did not start. I opened the hood and I touched the
cable. It felt too tight. I did not even shake the cable. Then my car
started. I paid $30 to replace the negative battery terminal which is
not even the fault. I am thinking the negative cable is the faulty
one. I am thinking of replacing it myself without going to the
mechanic. Let me know if my findings are correct. If it correct then i
need to know the tools needed and any other advice like changing both
the terminal cables etc..

Thanks for your help in advance.

RT
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 12:12 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Nov 11, 8:12*am, thar...@gmail.com wrote:
> Hello Everybody,
>
> Couple of weeks back my car would not start. Nothing happens when i
> insert the keys and when i turn the ignition. My dashboard lights did
> not light up. I replaced my battery recently so i thought it is not
> battery. So i opened the hood and touched the negative cable (not the
> terminal). Then it started as normal. Took it to the mechanic
> explained the scenario and he said it is the bad terminal. I tried to
> explain him what i did and he said the negative terminal look bad and
> that is the reason for the change. The same thing happened today
> morning. My camry did not start. I opened the hood and I touched the
> cable. It felt too tight. I did not even shake the cable. Then my car
> started. I paid $30 to replace the negative battery terminal which is
> not even the fault. I am thinking the negative cable is the faulty
> one. I am thinking of replacing it myself without going to the
> mechanic. Let me know if my findings are correct. If it correct then i
> need to know the tools needed and any other advice like changing both
> the terminal cables etc..
>
> Thanks for your help in advance.
>
> RT


Let me understand this, the cable is loose you touch it it starts, the
cable is to tight, you paid to have it replaced, and you are thinking
of replacing it again yourself, and its not the fault but you want to
do it again. OK I understand. Did you clean the cable terminals, do
they tighten hard on battery terminals and cant move. Is battery
charged by a charger. Do those first.
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 12:18 pm   #3 (permalink)
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thar...@gmail.com wrote:
> i opened the hood and touched the negative cable (not the
> terminal). Then it started as normal.

======
If you get current only when "touching" wiggling or moving the battery
cable, sounds like you've found the fault.
I always like to use Toyota parts, but changing the battery cable
should be straightforward.
Unbolt each end and install new.
Again, the Toyota parts will have all the correct items already in
place.
I don't think these commonly fail, so if price is an issue, check the
local salvage yards.
You did say you replaced the battery right?
Otherwise could be an internal fault inside the case near the battery
post.
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Old 11 Nov 2008, 12:35 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry if my post is confusing. The mechanic cleaned both the terminals
and replaced only the negative terminal. He *did not * change any
cable. Today morning I felt the cable from the negative terminal is
too tight. All I did was I felt the cable by touching it and then I am
able to start the car. So my finding is may be the other end of the
negative battery cable has bad connection. Not too sure where the
other end goes.

On Nov 11, 1:12*pm, ransley <Mark_Rans...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Nov 11, 8:12*am, thar...@gmail.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > Hello Everybody,

>
> > Couple of weeks back my car would not start. Nothing happens when i
> > insert the keys and when i turn the ignition. My dashboard lights did
> > not light up. I replaced my battery recently so i thought it is not
> > battery. So i opened the hood and touched the negative cable (not the
> > terminal). Then it started as normal. Took it to the mechanic
> > explained the scenario and he said it is the bad terminal. I tried to
> > explain him what i did and he said the negative terminal look bad and
> > that is the reason for the change. The same thing happened today
> > morning. My camry did not start. I opened the hood and I touched the
> > cable. It felt too tight. I did not even shake the cable. Then my car
> > started. I paid $30 to replace the negative battery terminal which is
> > not even the fault. I am thinking the negative cable is the faulty
> > one. I am thinking of replacing it myself without going to the
> > mechanic. Let me know if my findings are correct. If it correct then i
> > need to know the tools needed and any other advice like changing both
> > the terminal cables etc..

>
> > Thanks for your help in advance.

>
> > RT

>
> Let me understand this, the cable is loose you touch it it starts, the
> cable is to tight, you paid to have it replaced, and you are thinking
> of replacing it again yourself, and its not the fault but you want to
> do it again. OK I understand. Did you clean the cable terminals, do
> they tighten hard on battery terminals and cant move. Is battery
> charged by a charger. Do those first.


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Old 11 Nov 2008, 01:56 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Daniel,

Yes, the battery is new. Thanks for your reply. Will get toyota part
for this. Do i need to replace both the cable or is it ok to replace
the one in fault?


On Nov 11, 1:18*pm, Daniel <nospampls2...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> thar...@gmail.com wrote:
> > *i opened the hood and touched the negative cable (not the
> > terminal). Then it started as normal.

>
> ======
> If you get current only when "touching" wiggling or moving the battery
> cable, sounds like you've found the fault.
> I always like to use Toyota parts, but changing the battery cable
> should be straightforward.
> Unbolt each end and install new.
> Again, the Toyota parts will have all the correct items already in
> place.
> I don't think these commonly fail, so if price is an issue, check the
> local salvage yards.
> You did say you replaced the battery right?
> Otherwise could be an internal fault inside the case near the battery
> post.


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Old 11 Nov 2008, 05:01 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Nov 11, 1:56*pm, RT <thar...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Daniel,
>
> Yes, the battery is new. Thanks for your reply. Will get toyota part
> for this. Do i need to replace both the cable or is it ok to replace
> the one in fault?
>
> On Nov 11, 1:18*pm, Daniel <nospampls2...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > thar...@gmail.com wrote:
> > > *i opened the hood and touched the negative cable (not the
> > > terminal). Then it started as normal.

>
> > ======
> > If you get current only when "touching" wiggling or moving the battery
> > cable, sounds like you've found the fault.
> > I always like to use Toyota parts, but changing the battery cable
> > should be straightforward.
> > Unbolt each end and install new.
> > Again, the Toyota parts will have all the correct items already in
> > place.
> > I don't think these commonly fail, so if price is an issue, check the
> > local salvage yards.
> > You did say you replaced the battery right?
> > Otherwise could be an internal fault inside the case near the battery
> > post.- Hide quoted text -

>
> - Show quoted text -


Cables for that are generic, a toy cable wont be necessary, when you
touch it the cable moves, right, you are not touching metal grounding
the car? Cables do fray and break it may be bad where its grounded to,
and has corroded. My terminals were impossible to tighten from many
cleanings, I used to be able to move my terminals when it would not
start so I had to insert shims around the posts, but you have a new
battery, its important the cable terminal cannot move at all and be
tight, the motor moves so the cable has to have room to flex, a frayed
cable you wont see untill its off the car so its the terminal, cable
or where its grounded on the motor.
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Old 12 Nov 2008, 12:52 pm   #7 (permalink)
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ransley wrote:
> Cables for that are generic, a toy cable wont be necessary

==
Check your cable, but if I'm remembering correctly, there are two
lighter gauge wires coming off the negative terminal.
Yes, I know about generic cables, have them on my 1977 Toyota truck,
but in no way do I consider them equivalent to the original equipment.
I consider the original cables on the Camry extraordinary.
Unlike the aftermarket that bolt over the cable wiring, the original
has a construction where it includes plastic separator integral in the
terminal, and a separate bolt to disconnect the cable when working on
the engine without removing the terminal.
The whole arrangement is cleaner and more durable. In a word: higher
_quality_.
Of course, just my opinion, not to say it won't work with a generic
aftermarket cable. All you need to start is an electrical connection
that is secure, and you could bolt the extra wires at the terminal,
but it is not as elegant and durable long term.
That crappy mess on the truck is a perennial discouragement, acid
crust grows around the wires, even though they're cleaned and coated
with battery spray and or grease with the felt washers under the
terminal. The Camry is pristine - like new. When a small amount of
acid deterioration began to appear at the negative battery post, I
replaced the battery (settled on NAPA as good quality), cleaned the
terminal and sealed with - I think it's called Fluid Film - a rust
neutralizer. All fine now.
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