Re: 94 Topaz starting problems, help please!
Backyard Mechanic <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
> Newsgroups: alt.autos.ford
> Subject: Re: 94 Topaz starting problems, help please!
> From: Backyard Mechanic <email@example.com>
> wizardofsnog <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Ok folks, looking for some help here.
>> 94 Mercury Topaz, simular to ford tempo.
>> Positive battery cable constaly corrodes at the postive terminal.
>> Replaced the connection, got new battery, still is corroding.
>> Last few nights (cold) darned thing would'n't start untill I moved
>> the battery connection.
>> This last time, it didn't start untill after I did that, and I
>> pumped the gas pedal - temp outside was a nice 35 degrees F.
>> Prior to 2 nights ago, I have not had this non-starting problem..
>> Question, could it be the starter going out, or the starter relay?
>> Or should I replace the entire postive battery cable?
>> And final question - where can I find those red rubber boots that
>> cover the postive battery connection? Im thinking of getting rid of
>> the "wrap around" connector that I have now, and going back to the
>> old clamp type that were used years ago and still are in some cases.
>> Thanks for any help..
> The corrosion isnt due to the type of connection, it's due to poor
> contact of the connection.
> If you install a new battery without cleaning the connector
> thoroughly, corrosion will naturally come right back. And since that
> is actually 'oxidation' that means air is infiltrating.
> Oxidation 'migrates' from minute currents set up right next to a point
> of current flow and eats into the actual contact area. The stuff you
> see as a result is chemical product from moisture in air, oxygen, and
> the metals involved. But it wont happen if the contact/conducting
> area doesnt see oxygen
> Clean inside and posts thoroughly with wire brush, same as used in
> copper fitting plumbing.
> Coat both the inside of connectors and the posts with either
> electrical contact grease or plumber's silicone grease (I prefer this,
> has a LOT of uses) avail at Lowes, etc.
> Install firmly, with twisting motion.
> As to the pos term covers, try NAPA... but dont recall ever seeing
> them in parts stores.
> Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the
> price you pay..DEAL with it!
THANKS. Will try that..
I also noticed that one time I had to mess with the shifter. Took it out
of park, and back into park.. wonder if the neutral safty switch is
acting up too.. Oh well..