Cables above dog box.

Cables above dog box.

Postby coltfan91 [OP] » May 4th 2015, 10:12pm

Hey guys! I was cleaning out some old wiring and found these. I have no idea what they are for. Ideas???
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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby Lumpy » May 5th 2015, 2:59am

They are ground cables. They go on the OUTSIDE of your doghouse. The holes in the end pieces go over the studs that your glove box assembly attaches to.


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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby AstroWill » May 5th 2015, 3:15am

I always thought that they were in case of an accident, they are quite heavy duty.

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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby coltfan91 [OP] » May 5th 2015, 5:27pm

With these just hanging here like this, would that prevent the engine from starting being that they are not grounding something?
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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby supersteve » May 5th 2015, 5:52pm

coltfan91 wrote:With these just hanging here like this, would that prevent the engine from starting being that they are not grounding something?

I think they just help hold the doghouse in case of an accident. My doghouse is made of fiberglass/plastic nothing to ground there.
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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby 97cargocrawler » May 5th 2015, 6:12pm

Ground cables.... :think: ...one is red and one is black? I know nothing about the older vans but if your doghouse has an aluminum foil heat shield on the engine side that's what gets grounded.
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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby Lumpy » May 5th 2015, 7:30pm

97cargocrawler wrote:
...if your doghouse has an aluminum foil heat shield on the engine side that's what gets grounded.


^^^ that. Helps reduce RFI.


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Re: Cables above dog box.

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Re: Cables above dog box.

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coltfan91 wrote:Radio Frequency Interference?


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Re: Cables above dog box.

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Re: Cables above dog box.

Postby AstroWill » May 7th 2015, 4:57am

I just don't buy the grounding/RFI idea, may be part of it, but it can't be the whole thing. Some use wide solid straps, some used cables, all quite heavy duty. Why would they use something so heavy duty just to ground out that aluminum foil? Second question would be why would they put two of them on there(it's a balanced ground lol)? In my opinion it just doesn't add up. Then on the second generation vans, they do have a ground wire for the engine cover, a very thin one, and only one. :confusion-shrug:

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