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Want to learn more about Battery Cable replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a battery cable do?

The battery cables are used to connect the battery terminals to the electrical distribution point (+ve) and to the earthing point (-ve) on the vehicle's chassis.

What does a battery cable replacement involve?

  • Mechanic checks the electrical and battery system.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the cable.
  • Mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will test the starter motor.
  • Mechanic will test the alternator voltage output.

Can you replace battery cables yourself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a battery cable replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of faulty battery cables?

  • When the car does not start.
  • When none of the electrical equipment works
  • When you notice the cable is corroded or damaged.

How long does it take to replace battery cables?

A battery cable replacement usually takes under 1 hour, but can take more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often do battery cables need to be replaced?

Over time, the condition of the battery leads can deteriorate. Usually the battery leads corrode, especially at the connectors to the battery.

When the leads have corroded it will cause a bad connection in the electrical system. It is therefore important to replace the battery leads when they are damaged or corroded. When damaged the lead is unable to transfer the correct current to the other parts of the electrical system leading to numerous other issues.

When should you replace car battery cables?

Over time, the condition of the battery leads can deteriorate. Usually the battery leads corrode, especially at the connectors to the battery. In other cases it might be that cracks appear in the cable's plastic coating due to being exposed to the high temperature fluctuations in the engine bay.

When the leads have corroded it will cause a bad connection in the electrical system. It is therefore important to replace the battery leads when they are damaged or corroded. When damaged the lead is unable to transfer the correct current to the other parts of the electrical system leading to numerous other issues.

How much does a battery cable replacement cost?

Cost for a battery cable replacement depends on your location, car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save with ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Can you drive with a bad battery cables?

If one of the battery cables is bad then it is possible you will find that the car does not start, or it may be that none of the electrical equipment works. It is advisable to find assistance from a professional mechanic before you undertake a journey. A mechanic can diagnose the issue and provide an indication on any repairs required.

What happens if you switch battery cables?

It is very important to use the battery cables as per the vehicle manufacturer's recommended procedure. Using the cables incorrectly can permentantly damage components on the vehicle and can be a safety hazard.

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