Battery cables cut during theft.

Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby BuckyBob [OP] » April 11th 2020, 1:38am

Hi. I've a 99 astro van. My battery was stolen, cut out the cables. Whats the name of the thing or things, cable assembly, etc, that i need to buy? I'd like to replace completely if thats possible.

I looked on rockauto but..
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby albrow100 » April 11th 2020, 4:32am

The easiest way would be to go to a junkyard and extract both cables end to end out of an old harness and overlay it into your van.

Being careful to route it correctly

Another option is to buy aftermarket side post terminals and bulk wiring. A heavy duty crimper and various terminal ends and such
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby albrow100 » April 11th 2020, 4:33am

Also who cuts a battery out? That sucks
I’m sorry that happened
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby Rod's Trucks » April 11th 2020, 4:38am

That was pretty rude. How did they get into the engine compartment? Did the damage a lot of sheet metal, or just jimmy the latch?
As for the cables: I just looked at RockAuto. It appears they have it all.
There are listings for the cables, but it matters if it is AWD or RWD.
If you are goping to purchase the AC Delco cables, then you will need to decide if you want the basic cables ($10-$20 each), or the deluxe ( Professional set for twice the money, but better quality wire).
Nearly all of the listing have a picture, so you should be able to match up what you need to replace.
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby Bengt Weil » April 11th 2020, 4:45am

Rockauto link:

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/chevrolet,1999,astro,4.3l+v6,1352933,electrical,battery+cable,2500

Everything you want is there. The most popular positive and negative cable sets are designated with the red hearts.
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby Rod's Trucks » April 11th 2020, 4:56am

Sorry, I guess I misunderstood the question...you asked what the parts were called.

You will need a Positive battery cable ( + battery terminal to starter motor solenoid- usually Red color, but not always).
You will need a Negative battery cable, which goes to Ground ( Engine or Body frame - and always Black)
The Positive cable is referred to as Battery to Switch.
The Negative is Battery Negative or Battery to Ground.
While you are at it, you might want to look up the "Big 3" electrical cable upgrade reference. It might be a good time to ad the extra cable capacity if you run any significant accessories.
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby AstroWill » April 11th 2020, 6:56pm

As linked above, you can buy the complete, assembled battery cables, or you can of course make your own. Just make sure everything is clean and tight and you should be good to go.
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby BuckyBob [OP] » April 19th 2020, 12:54am

Rod's Trucks wrote:Sorry, I guess I misunderstood the question...you asked what the parts were called.

You will need a Positive battery cable ( + battery terminal to starter motor solenoid- usually Red color, but not always).
You will need a Negative battery cable, which goes to Ground ( Engine or Body frame - and always Black)
The Positive cable is referred to as Battery to Switch.
The Negative is Battery Negative or Battery to Ground.
While you are at it, you might want to look up the "Big 3" electrical cable upgrade reference. It might be a good time to ad the extra cable capacity if you run any significant accessories.
Rod

Thank You Rod, yer a RockStar !
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby BuckyBob [OP] » April 19th 2020, 12:56am

Bengt Weil wrote:Rockauto link:

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/chevrolet,1999,astro,4.3l+v6,1352933,electrical,battery+cable,2500

Everything you want is there. The most popular positive and negative cable sets are designated with the red hearts.

Perfecto. Thank You ~
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby BuckyBob [OP] » April 19th 2020, 12:58am

albrow100 wrote:Also who cuts a battery out? That sucks
I’m sorry that happened

Ya, my urban farm is in a hood. I had it parked in the driveway. Lotsta specialty tools stolen from inside - they jimmied the drivers door.

Apologies to all for not responding prior - I've been busy at the farm, planting seed, cutting back in the raised beds, re-connecting the rainwater collection systems, replumbing the beds... It's my first growing season since Harvey.
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby BuckyBob [OP] » September 17th 2020, 7:32pm

Quick Update -

Bought a brand new set of the cables, and a brand new battery. Paid a mechanic to install the cables, just because.

Next is driver's side window replacement. I just set up an account online at LKQ PickYerPart and have some restoration plan ...

Thanks to all for answering my questions here - I really appreciate it !
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby BuckyBob [OP] » September 17th 2020, 7:35pm

Rod's Trucks wrote: [snip]
While you are at it, you might want to look up the "Big 3" electrical cable upgrade reference. It might be a good time to ad the extra cable capacity if you run any significant accessories.
Rod

Rod - that's what I got - a bigger cable - the original was bigger also - originally spec'd out as some OEM cargo beastie. Now to redo the stereo - but that's for next week :D

I really appreciate your answers here !
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Re: Battery cables cut during theft.

Postby AstroOafAdventurer » September 17th 2020, 8:29pm

Lazy thieves, they stole tools but couldn't properly disconnect the battery?!
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