Popular Post RowdyRebel Posted January 17, 2015 Popular Post Share Posted January 17, 2015 Had to run to town this morning, but the F250 was dead. No biggie, I'll have 'er jumped in about 2 minutes. Fire up the ol' Ranger and pop both hoods. Grab the cables, and hook 'em up. + to +, - to -. Got a few sparks when I made the last connection, so I figure everything is good. Ammeter in the Ranger is showing around 14-15...normal. F250 still dead. Not even the dome light is on. So, I check the connections...all 4 ends spark a little when I'm jiggling them making sure the clamps are biting into the lead terminal ends for a good connection. Then the Ranger dies. Try firing it back up, and the solenoid clicks a few times like it has a weak battery. So I decide to disconnect the jumper cables and SONUVABITCH that MFer is HOT! Grab a pair of gloves from the truck, and disconnect the cables. The rubber coating on the clamps has melted and is sticking to the gloves. The metal clamps look like sheet metal on a car that just burned up. Anyway, now I'm REALLY running late...supposed to meet the Ferrier by the wife's horses at 7:30, and here it was quarter after 7 and I need to pull this battery before I head to town. Got everything done I needed to, Sears swapped out the battery for a new one free of charge (it was only a couple months old)...still PO'd about my jumper cables, though. 4 gauge, 20' long...had 'em for probably, well, let's just say a whole lotta years by now...first set I ever bought. At the very least, they'll need new ends. Might try to remember where I saw those 2 gauge, 25' long cables to put in the Mack so I can move the 4 gauge, 20' cables in the side box into the F250. 4 gauge/20' is the smallest jumper cable I'll buy. Lighter/shorter cables are useless... 3 Quote When approaching a 4-way stop, the vehicle with the biggest tires has the right of way! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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