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Dumb question - changing the battery

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' at netrider.net.au started by Badali, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Ok guys don't laugh at me - when I change the battery on my VTR250 do I take off the negative or positive first? I only ask because I've been told 2 different ways by 2 different people.... :? :?: :?:


     
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  2. Always take off the negative first. That way if whatever metal tool you're using to loosen the connection of the positive touches the frame it won't be spot-welded to it. When putting it back in positive goes on first for the same reason.
     
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  3. +1 to JD.

    It is safer to take the Negative off first and put back last.
     
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  4. Best practice is to remove whichever terminal is earthed first. Usually this is the negative terminal. Connecting back up is the opposite so negative on last.

    In 99.99% of vehicles (Sourced from the 'close enuf' bureau of statistics) negative is earthed to the frame, removing it first means theres no chance of shorting the battery by ham-fistedly sticking your spanner across the positive terminal and the bike frame.

    In reality - doesn't really make a difference unless you really are clumsy enough to short your terminal to your frame (I use a screwdriver on my battery terminals so would have to be rally inventive to close the circuit).

    hope that helps.
     
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  5. thanks guys, exactly as I thought (and did in the end....)
     
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  6. Not Dumb. The dumbest question is the one you didn't ask.

    V8
     
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