Very basic car battery question
July 16, 2014 10:25 AM Subscribe
The internet says positive should be reconnected first, but that's not as easy as it should be. What's the best option?
posted by notquitemaryann to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Borrowing my dad's car for the summer. Last week, I left it parked in the driveway while going out of town, but two nights later, had a call from a neighbor to say that the alarm was going off repeatedly (and had been all night.) We got another neighbor to disconnect the battery-- alarm problem solved, as far as neighborhood peace is concerned.
Then I get home and see that only the positive terminal has been disconnected, and when I try to disconnect the negative, the bolt won't budge. I'm really not that comfortable with electricity... or cars... and so far, I can't find much help elsewhere that says connecting them this way is a good or safe idea. Can you convince me otherwise and walk me through any special handling, or else confirm that I should pay someone with a torquier wrench to come help me out?
I was planning to take the car in for maintenance this week anyway, so everything is getting checked out, but I'd like to be able to get the thing there.