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post #1 of 2 Old 11-29-2018, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Weird Electrical Issue

I have a 2008 Versa Hatchback. The positive battery cable is loose even though I have tightened it down several times. About once a week the vehicle wont start and I jiggle the cable and the care starts right up. This morning I had the issue. I jiggled the cable kind of vigorously and the car started. Then I noticed a couple of things. I turned on the wipers because of dew on the windshield. The wipers did this thing where they didn't move smoothly across the windshield, they just kind of skidded across a couple of times and then they stopped working. I also noticed that the rear defroster now does not work AND the headlights are on continuously even with the switch in the off position. The only way to get the headlights to turn off is to shut off the vehicle. Could all of this be indicative of a bigger problem, say the alternator or is this more of a relay/fuse type of thing? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 Old 11-29-2018, 11:14 PM
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Quit screwing around with the battery terminal and REPLACE it with a universal one. The terminals like Ford ones may well be tighter than spit and still not grab and the mark of a terminal designed to make you rebuy $150 battery cable sets. The Ford ones I replace commonly get loose like that with only one cleaning of the terminal inside, they allow for zero metal removal at cleaning time. All to make you spend more money.

The universal type will be super tight and do that first as it may well cure your other issues there and maybe $7 total cost. I am forced to do it on every late model Ford I have and they then go back to working fine. Yes, you DO have to cut the original cable but it's that or the complete new one and a LOT more money spent there just to end up back with the exact same problem later and stupid.

You absolutely are screwing up trying to test anything until both those battery cables are good and tight. The cable being loose can also blow out the alternator when it doesn't find a true load to play against there, the battery is the a/c current absorber and the car can blow out other delicate electronics when the rest of the system starts to get a/c going through it instead of the required d/c ONLY. So, only chase other issues AFTER the cable end gets fixed.
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