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#1 OFFLINE   polarflex

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:11 AM

Just looking under the hood. The one battery cable has a red rubber boot covering the cable and connection to the battery. The other side just was a bare cable. Should there be a black rubber boot covering this cable? Not sure if the dealer lost it or Ford only supplies the boot for the positive cable.

#2 OFFLINE   fl_gators

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:35 PM

Just looking under the hood. The one battery cable has a red rubber boot covering the cable and connection to the battery. The other side just was a bare cable. Should there be a black rubber boot covering this cable? Not sure if the dealer lost it or Ford only supplies the boot for the positive cable.


It's just to help identify the cable.

#3 OFFLINE   Bulldozer

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:09 PM

Just looking under the hood. The one battery cable has a red rubber boot covering the cable and connection to the battery. The other side just was a bare cable. Should there be a black rubber boot covering this cable? Not sure if the dealer lost it or Ford only supplies the boot for the positive cable.


Most cars have the positive battery cable covered to prevent it from shorting out by coming in contact with metal such as the hood or other chasis metal. that is grounded to the negative cable. This is not necessary on the negative cable, as it;salready in contact with the chassis ground.

#4 OFFLINE   CJ8Rockcrawler

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:52 AM

Most cars have the positive battery cable covered to prevent it from shorting out by coming in contact with metal such as the hood or other chasis metal. that is grounded to the negative cable. This is not necessary on the negative cable, as it;salready in contact with the chassis ground.


This is true... but I believe that my 2010 Ecoboost has covers on both the positive and negative cable ends.

#5 OFFLINE   Hidalgo

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 09:22 AM

It's just to help identify the cable.


LOL ... man, I'm RELIEVED that you aren't working on MY vehicle.

FWIW, anyone who would rely on a colored boot to identify a battery cable's polarity is extremely foolish. The boot could have been switched or even installed on the negative cable. Foolish, foolish.

POLORFLEX: The Flex most likely only came with the positive terminal covered. Putting a boot on the negative terminal is not necessary because (as bulldozer already said) the chassis is already grounded to that battery pole through the cable. In other words ... there is nothing that can cause any damage to you or the vehicle if it comes into contact with the negative post.

You're good to go ... ;)

#6 OFFLINE   carman

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 09:21 AM

Mine came with BOTH terminals covered. I would ask the dealer to get you one if it's missing on one of the terminals.

#7 OFFLINE   Ducdave

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 11:44 AM

This is true... but I believe that my 2010 Ecoboost has covers on both the positive and negative cable ends.


...as does my 2011....

#8 OFFLINE   roblectric

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:42 PM

Negative post covered or not, doesnt matter. :hysterical:






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