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Old 10-09-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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Replacing battery cables

Hi, this is my first posting. My son got a $500 quote from a dealer to replace his battery cables. Can that be correct? How hard is it to replace them? Is there an easy way to do it? It's a 2003 4dr sedan.

Where can I get some step by step instructions? i


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Old 10-09-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Help for replacing battery cables

My son has a simple 2003 4 dr sedan. A dealer gave him a $500 quote to replace his battery cables. That seems crazy. I'm new to this forum. Where can I get instructions on how to do it? Hopefully there is some sort of simple electrical harness I can plug them into. Any advice?
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
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It's easy to do and doesn't take long. Majority of that quote is the cost of the cables. The positive cable is out of this world high. Maybe $100 of the quote is the actual labor.

I'd say go through the cable and test resistances first and make sure it in fact needs replacing. Maybe you'll get lucky and just the ground is bad. Who knows.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:43 PM   #4
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I thought it was just bolt them in to the ground/block. Seems pretty simple. The Moderators are going to move this thread to the proper area (Zetec performance chat?). Welcome to the Forums, they're great for help!
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:53 PM   #5
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cost $100 bucks from the stealership..

pretty straightfoward install..what i did was start by disconneting both neg/pos posts..

it's easier to have the car on ramps to have access to the bottom...

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put new pos/neg post beside old one..but don't put them on!
2. get underneath and you will see the red wire is the power wire to the alternator..put that on..
3. there is a starter block..with 2 connections..have to take off the 2 bolts off that holds it to the starter..you will see it on the new one..put that on
4. now put the small black ground that is in a black box on..it's right beside the starter block you just put on..next goes the small black wire that is a ground that is hooked to the fenderwell..then there is a black connector..can't remember off hand where that goes..but just follow the old one and you will find it..
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Welcome to the site ... I will move this to the right spot of the forum so that you can have lots more help then just to the help of our region.

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Oh and here's a link for what I found ...

http://www.ehow.com/how_4507669_repl...ord-focus.html

It should be pretty simple ... If I remember correctly there are zipties and plastic ties keeping it where it is. Just follow the cables and you should be able to take the old ones off and then reverse the procedure for the new ones.

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its pretty simple if u have small hands, the hardest part is getting the 2 bolts of the back of the starter, then u have a ground and the rest of the wire connects to the back of the alti
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Ive never replaced tehm in my Focus, but I did replace them in my Nissan Xterra and it took about 25 minutes.

I cant see any reason why it would cost $500!
Check elsewhere because thats insane.
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You can purchase OEM cables for the main hot and main ground from any parts store. The cost should be around $30 for both. The main hot goes to the starter, the main ground goes to the block. Installation is the reverse of removal. I would suggest using some blue thread lock on the ground connection to the block. You'll likely need to remove the battery from the vehicle as well as the air cleaner in order to gain enough access to reach in there, and you might need to jack the vehicle.
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