Bad Earth

Modifications to any other vehicles or things which can benefit any of the other vehicles owners.
Post Reply
High Range 4WD
High Range 4WD
Posts: 60
Joined: Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:06 am
Town: durban
Vehicle: D4D hilux DC $X$
Real Name: Lorenzo

Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:40 am

I would like to share an incident that happened to me last week.
I was at the gas station filling up and when it came to start my vehicle, turned the key and the dashboard lights went dead. Tried again and the starter solenoid clicked and then nothing. Thought my 6 year old battery had finally taken the high road. I have duel battery system fitted so I linked the two batteries the starter tried to turn and the lights went dead again, then the battery indicator on the monitor started to do some funky things and then itself stopped registered the main battery.
I lifted the bonnet only to find that the 80 amp fuse feeding the duel battery had blown. Length of cable load on the cable fuse blew. So I removed the spare battery from the back only to realise that the battery terminals are different, point to remember when buying a second battery. Lesson learnt. Cut a long story short and not having a volt meter, turned out once I managed to jump start "Push start" the Hilux I drove to my mech and with his volt meter we checked the charge from the alt, checked the battery under load and it was 100%, when we checked the volts from the battery to the end of the small earth strap going to the main fuse box it only registered 5 volts. We moved the earth strap and the volts back to normal. Replaced the Earth strap and everything is 100% again.

User avatar
Posts: 24214
Joined: Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:52 am
Town: Benoni
Vehicle: '94 Hilux Raider 2.4i (22RE) DC 4x4
Real Name: Cassie
ORRA Call Sign: B15
Location: Rynfield

Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:55 am

Thank you for the heads-up.

Something I've learnt when it comes to the electrical side when working on cars... always first check the earthing
To God be the glory

User avatar
Top Web Wheeler
Top Web Wheeler
Posts: 8280
Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:56 pm
Town: Bellville
Vehicle: Langpad (RAV4)
Real Name: Chris

Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:09 pm

Thanks Lorenzo.

YES, the earth wire have caused many a car owner lots of grieve !!!!!!!!!!!!

PS - you CAN buy screw on terminals for your deep cycle battery, thus it looks and works exactly like your normal battery, and is interchangable when needed .... (not that this will help for a bad earth)

User avatar
Posts: 10235
Joined: Thu May 17, 2007 9:12 pm
Town: Langebaan
Vehicle: 2.7 Hilux 4x4 DC
Real Name: Pieter
ORRA Call Sign: X27

Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:01 am

Thanx Lorenzo. will remember that one. :thumbup:
Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow!
1999 Hilux 2.7i 4x4 Raider DC. Rear diff-lock, Red Peppor Bull Bar and rock sliders, 31" Cooper ST, Snorkel, Alu-Canopy, VHF Kirisun radio, West Coast Rust, Mikem Rear Suspension, Ball Joint Spacers in front, 25watt LED Spots

Post Reply

Return to “General Mods”

  • Information
  • Who is online

    Users browsing this forum: No registered users