Part 6 of 6 – Identifying Starting & Charging Systems
Keep It Grounded!
More electrical problems are created by bad grounds than anything else. The engine, frame, and body must all have a good ground path leading back to the battery. On fiberglass cars special attention must be given to grounding all electrical components. It’s also critical that paint, powder coating, and rust are cleaned from any grounding surface. Unlike some things, your street rod can never have too many grounds. Good grounds are one of the secrets to properly operating electrical components. Braided cables work well for grounding the block to the frame and body.
There are a number of reasons for a master shut off switch, including security. However, if it’s being used to keep the battery from running down overnight there are problems that should be addressed. When using a master switch you will have to program radios and any software related components when using these. Be positive! A battery shut-off switch is always a good idea, and they should always be on the positive cable.
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