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Old 10-02-2013, 01:25 PM
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HELP....ground cable on engine block

How in the world do you unbolt the ground cable the connects to the back of the motor on the passenger side? I can see it laying under the truck, but I really can't even touch it from any angle.

I can see that the rubber coating has split near the connector so I want to replace.

Any tips to getting it off?
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:18 AM
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Has anyone taken it off?

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Old 10-03-2013, 09:24 AM
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Take the bolt of then remove the first ground cable then the next part is a stud! If I recall.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:49 AM
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Do you have to dislocate your arm to get to it??

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:04 AM
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Ah I believe the only time I've had it off and cleaned it was when I had to change my ac-compressor. So I already had everything out of the way. I agree it maybe tight. You may want to loosen the Stator bolts to give you a little more room. Just be careful tighting the bolts backup, you can break the plastic Stator pretty easy. Ask me how I know!! hehe haha.

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Ok Just to be clear are we talking about the big cables on the bottom front corner of the block on the big stud or are you talking about the flat ribbon cable from the firewall to the back of the head/block.

Either way if it is a ground the covering doesn't really matter if it is broke. Grounds don't need insulation.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:31 AM
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Flat ribbon from firewall to back of engine.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:08 PM
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Yes it wouldn't hurt to be double jointed for that one. I wouldn't worry too much abount the covering on that one I have worked on several that were a flat bare copper cable.

The only time a ground needs insulation is if it is in close proximity to a hot wire where it could ground to hot causeing a short.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:52 PM
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Sounds good!! I will keep my elbow and shoulder intact for now.
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