Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
My Ride: '88 Sundance
Engine: '89 2.5 TI
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Two possibilities. Either they were hooked up incorrectly or they're cheap cables. If you got her car started, then they were obviously hooked up correctly. A lot of your low $ cables look good (really thick wire) but if you have ever seen the diameter of the conductor inside the wire, it's actually pretty small where a good set of cables will be quite a bit heavier. The smaller wire can't handle the current necessary to start a car with a totally dead battery and will get screamin' hot in the process and melt the insulation. The solution to this is to either buy a better set of cables or leave them hooked up for awhile with your engine running to charge the battery in the other car before you try to start it.
Good cables: With the "donor" car running, connect the cables +to+ and -to- then simply start the car with the dead battery.
Cheap cables: With the "donor" car running, connect the cables +to+ and -to- then leave it alone for 10-15 minutes to let the dead battery build up a charge. After that, start the car with the dead battery.
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'04 Harley Davidson XL883.
'88 Sundance. 2.5 TI swap done finally. :-)
Now where did I hide that intercooler...
'86 Chevy K10 SWB on P Buckshots.
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