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Black box to negative battery terminal

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Sonja Stevens, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    Okay, the wait is over. I went up to visit some of the occupants of the old cars' home last week and took some pictures. Here is the copper tube battery cable end, the clamp itself is (tin?) plated brass:

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    And while there, I started up the 2000 Focus. It's amazing what happens to aluminum up here when the car is parked for a winter over bare ground:

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    Just parking a car over bare ground (or on grass) will result in several quarts of water evaporating out of the ground on a sunny day - and condensing on everything in your car that is below the roof/hood/trunklid. At least thats true in VA, where we get about 35" of rain annually. Its probably less of a problem in Arizona.
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    In my climate the problem occurs in the winter, which is very wet. We'll have a cold snap, and the warmer ground will transpire its water to the underside of any cold metal.
    Summers here are very dry (typically a two or three month drought).

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