Article 1292 - Inadequate Battery Cable Termination

TSB #86 - February 23, 1968
(All 1968 Vehicles Built Prior to November 15, 1967)


Field reports indicated that in some cases customer complaints of slow starter cranking is caused by a poor connection (high resistance) between the battery cable and the cable eyelet.

When encountering customer complaints of slow or no starter cranking, assure the following before attempting other repairs.
    1. Check battery state of charge - recharge if necessary
    2. Check all cables for loose and/or corroded connections - clean and tighten connections as necessary
    3. Disconnect and ground the high tension lead from the ignition coil.
    4. Connect the positive lead of a voltmeter to the battery positive post terminal and the negative lead to the cable eyelets at the starter relay (Refer to Fig. 5).
    5. With the engine cranking, flex the cable and observe the voltmeter.
    6. Perform the above test on both the negative and positive battery cables - if the needle fluctuates or the reading is in excess of 0.1 volts, replace the cable.
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