[Healeys] Electrical update
fredwescoe at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 13:20:13 MDT 2018
Thanks for the info.
You did answer this long ago. But to update, I cut open the "splice" and
found exactly what you described. It was in fact a very poor solder
joint. I replaced the entire cable with red # 2 welders cable. The
flexibility of the welder cable made it much easier to install. I used
closed end solder on connectors at both ends of the cable, filling the
connectors/cables with silver solder. I used heavy duty heat shrink
insulation on both ends. I covered the solenoid and the battery connection
with heavy duty rubber covers to hopefully prevent/slow down future
corrosion. The cable covers in the trunk also prevent anything from coming
in contact with the battery terminals (I put the terminal covers on both
On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 2:01 PM Jim Frakes <JimFrakes at frakes-eng.com> wrote:
> I thought I answered that a while ago. It is not a choke, it is a splice
> where the person did not want to replace the cable, just added length or
> replaced a section. Commonly used in electrical projects. This has an outer
> covering of insulation. I expect it was not tight enough and eventually
> came loose and caused a heating of the joint, thereby burning the wires.
> Jim Frakes, Journeyman Electrician before I got my BS at Purdue.
> *From:* Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> *On Behalf Of *Fred
> *Sent:* Thursday, July 26, 2018 6:04 PM
> *To:* healeys <Healeys at autox.team.net>
> *Subject:* [Healeys] Electrical update
> A month or so ago I asked about an electrical issue I was having. It was
> a no start issue but the car would start with a jumper cable from the
> battery to the starter solenoid. After a great deal of testing, cussing
> and frustration, I found that with car jumped (see above) and the jumper
> cable removed, the battery was not being charged.
> I connected an 18 Gage wire to the battery and then to my volt meter and
> then to the solenoid. I was touching the battery post and the center of
> the cable connector at the solenoid. I would always get 12 volts before
> starting the car but the car would not start.
> I discovered that the battery solenoid cable was badly corroded inside the
> connector and not passing current from the center of the actual cable to
> the connector. So while I thought I had power thru the cable to the
> solenoid, I actually did not. I replaced the entire cable and the car
> started instantly. The battery was now also being recharged.
> When I removed the original battery cable I discovered that behind the
> panel the cable passes thru at the battery, had what appeared to be some
> sort of electrical choke. The "choke" is about 1 1/2" long and about 1" in
> diameter. This "choke" appears to be burned or at least overheated in some
> manner. I did not replace this"choke" and things seem fine. Anyone know
> what this"choke" is all about?
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