So... i tried to do my big 3 today (0 gauge wire i got from paul) and almost blew my battery and lit my car on fire...
i got the - on the bat to the engin and chassis, the problem was with the alternator, the only bolt that is visable on it is tightened on with what seems like 80psi and wouldn't budge, so i tried another bolt, worked great, then i put the other end to the + on the battery and sparks flew every where, so i figured "ok, the wire is charged so obviouelsy there will be sparks" then i did it again more sparks, and again, more sparks, then i just said screw the sparks and got the wire on the +, and i hear sizzling and crackling, i thought it was from the soda i pored on it to get rid of the gunk build up, my fiance's dad looked at it and yelled GET THAT WIRE OFF THE BATTERY THATS THE GROUND... so yea, that sucks, and unlike alot of cars, my alternator is on the furthest most corner from the battery, most are on the upper left or right, mine is on the bottom left while the bat is on the right of the car (facing it)....
Wow. A suggestion I have for you is not to do your car audio or anything involving wires and current. That's the best advice you'll get. Sorry to tell you man but if you don't know the difference between ground and power...that is just bad. Good luck if you decide to do your own installs but PLEASE be more careful next time. People have gotten seriously hurt by doing things like what you did.
rob, shut up, i know what im doing, i know you never ground the +, i never touched the wires, which is why im still here, i was looking at pics, and i didn't see anything that showed where exactly on the alt to put the 0 gauge, there for i didn't know where to put it... and rob if your going to post something stupid like that, don't, because i really REALLY don't care and you just waist both of our times
so back to my question, there is supposed to be a wire that comes off the alt that goes to the bat+ and thats where i attatch it to then right?
crazy, i had friend thaat went to mobile dynamics in phx, he told me a story of a guy working under the hood of a vehicle and set a wrench across the pos and neg of the battery and shot the wrench threw a wall. dangerous stuff man. be careful and slow down check then double check
"rob, shut up, i know what im doing, i know you never ground the +, i never touched the wires, which is why im still here, i was looking at pics, and i didn't see anything that showed where exactly on the alt to put the 0 gauge, there for i didn't know where to put it... and rob if your going to post something stupid like that, don't, because i really REALLY don't care and you just waist both of our times"
Alright man, whatever. If you don't care then injure yourself, I was looking out for you by giving you some solid advice. You know what you're doing though. That's what so many mechanics that have died thought.
if you weren't a d!ck about it, i wouldn't have said that, i make on mistake and i should never install car audio?? right because your perfect and have never made a mistake...
yea, i get so scared of working with the car bat because of all the current that thing can put out i was holding the wire with rubber coated needle noes plyers on the surround of the wire because i don't want to get hurt...
i didn't know there was a wire that came off the alt to the bat, i thought they were connected threw some other wire that was on a differen't part of the alt. i'll get pics tomorrow and show you guys where the alt is located and everything like that
It's pretty obvious which bolt or post you're supposed to hook your feed to from the battery. There's a wire that's already attached to it. You really shouldn't be doing your own install if you didn't know that or can't figure it out. What would you have done if that battery blew up in your face or your car started on fire?
if im understanding this thread right and your question why not just lays down on the ground undo the bolt where the pos is the alt take your o gauage wire stick it on the alt tighten bolt back down jump it straight to pos on battery its very simple
"Not to long ago I reversed the + and - when I was connecting an amp. Lucky for me the fuse blew and protected the amp."
^ lol thats funny u said that M.S., i did the same thing hooking up my zx1000.1 and was wondering y the fuse kept blowin then i looked closely n realized i put ground in power n power in ground....i felt so stupid, cuz on my old amp it was setup that way, reverse sides...
Actually, I have given advice but I shouldn't have because you don't care as you said. I've heard quite a few horror stories in my Auto classes about people who do things wrecklessly as yourself. Good luck man.
not to step on your toes, but i don't see how you could confuse a bolt vs an output on the alt.. common sense says the alt charges the battery. it travels through a wire.. simply attach it there, it is the output
if you were unsure to begin with you should have drove yourself to an autozone and asked about your alt..
u gotta be careful man since as u should know ANY metal surface of a car is like a _ terminal so any + wires accidentally touches is like completing a circuit & u can get a jolt .....my bud was tightening a + batt pole & end of spanner accidentally touched on the batt clamp & he got a decent jolt - spanner was kinda warm when i felt it ...lol
connect the + wire to alt 1st then connect it to the batt terminal ...take ur time .....
I almost burnt my house down last year. I took the Mains from the street and nailed them to the side of my house with large nails. Sparked like he77 and started charring the siding. I didnt know it had to go in the electrical panel.
dont have time to read the hole thread but their is nothing wrong with the alt. you simply connected the wire to the alt case/ground and tried to hook it up to 12v. their is specific place on the side of the alt for the 12v output their is already a wire their.