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Technical When changing plugs and wires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RaginPin3Appl3, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
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    When you guys change your plugs and wires, do you disconnect the battery first? I was changing plugs and then thought maybe i should disconnect the battery which i really dont want to do because i have some connectors that are really hard to get loosened.


    What'cha got in there, kid?
     
  2. Sporty45
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    I wouldn't worry about it, there's no current to the plug wires when it's not running
     
  3. tfeverfred
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  4. I never do. But I make sure the radio is turned completely off.
     

  5. blowby
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    I always jack the vehicle up, remove the wheels and put it on jack stands, so it's grounded.
     
  6. Engine man
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    Osha would require you to disconnect the battery cable and put the end in a cup with a lock on it. Makes me glad I'm retired.
     
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  7. Summit have special copper jackstands for that.
     
  8. might be a good idea to clean, repair or replace your battery cables if the connectors are bad. it should be easy to disconnect the battery when needed.
     
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  9. xpletiv
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    Don't forget your safety goggles.





    And your rubbers.
     
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  10. tfeverfred
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    "I remove the engine, so nuthin' is in my way. Werkin' on a car is serious business. Safety first, I always say."
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. blowby
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  12. BoilermakerDave
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    Uh-oh. Poor guy is about to get Spinnered.
     
  13. tfeverfred
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    "SEE!?? SEE? THAT'S what I'm talkin' about. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible."
    [​IMG]
     
  14. squirrel
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    drop a ratchet onto the hot battery cable on the starter, and you might change your mind!

    I don't, but I can see why you might want to on some cars.
     
  15. RaginPin3Appl3
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    Alright, i just wasnt sure it was necessary. I've been told to do it once or twice before but i didnt think it mattered all that much


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  16. squirrel
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    In the modern world where everyone is obsessed with safety first, it's necessary to say to disconnect the battery before working on anything. If only to keep a lawyer happy, somewhere.
     
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  17. ^^^^^ Love those "Hot Coffee" warning's. But like you said. Modern times call for Iced Coffee.
     
  18. jimmy six
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    If it's on the Ford in your avatar it might be easier to remove the exhaust manifolds to get the wires back into the looms correctly.:D Probably one the hardest ones to get right thru those square guides.
     
  19. You guys can be so smart ass...
    Take it easy on the new guy.

    RaginPin has a neat car.
     
  20. RaginPin3Appl3
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    I wish it was my car lol. No its just a photo i took and i decided to use that for my avitar instead of stealing someone elses photo. I agree though thats one of the best looking fords of the 50s


    What'cha got in there, kid?
     
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  21. Flathead Dave
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    Reminds me of when I had my young nephew lick a 9v battery. Then he kept doing it...

    Sent from my SM-G930T using H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  22. gas & guns
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    The guys at the shop must be taking their goggles home but they leave their damn rubbers laying all over the parking lot.
     
  23. You probably should fix the connectors
     
  24. OH, BOY, like we say here in East T.N. I am glad I don't have any dog in this fight. LOL. Bruce.
     
  25. Hang in there RaginPin the guy that started the "spinnered" thing ended up with a free membership and a T shirt.
     
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  26. Don's Hot Rods
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    What is the old saying ? "There are no dumb questions, just dumb answers ?" We all started somewhere, guys, and I still ask questions that some may find obvious, but if you don't ask, how will you know ?

    Ragin, you took the ribbing well, you will do ok here. :)

    Don
     
  27. lippy
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    It's all fun and games till you ground the starter out with your wedding ring. Lippy
     

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  28. ^^^^^ Should of "disconnected" the ring then ;) :p :D
     
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  29. Whoa....Too much information. You need to give them some time off, been working them to many hours.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016

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