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Offline smartmart

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Battery change tip
on: 02 August, 2021, 09:52:07 AM
Having just changed the battery and now added USB outlet connected to the battery found it hard to engage the terminal screws as now have several cables per terminal.
A small piece of card folded to a V and inserted under the loose nut holds it neatly in place flush with the underside of the terminal block making it easy to get the threads engaged squarely first time when putting the bolt in from the top.

This is so easy I suppose everybody has been doing this for ages but I've only just found out!!!!
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Offline Dusty ST

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Re: Battery change tip
Reply #1 on: 02 August, 2021, 11:10:43 AM
*Originally Posted by smartmart [+]
Having just changed the battery and now added USB outlet connected to the battery found it hard to engage the terminal screws as now have several cables per terminal.
A small piece of card folded to a V and inserted under the loose nut holds it neatly in place flush with the underside of the terminal block making it easy to get the threads engaged squarely first time when putting the bolt in from the top.

This is so easy I suppose everybody has been doing this for ages but I've only just found out!!!!

I've seen something like this on a YouTube video, about something else (I don't recall what) and I thought - now there's a good idea that I need to try and remember  :152:
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Re: Battery change tip
Reply #2 on: 03 August, 2021, 01:15:31 PM
You can use a suitable size plastic tube under the retaining nut. Stays flexible and can be left in permanently.

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Re: Battery change tip
Reply #3 on: 04 August, 2021, 10:09:52 AM
Great tip  :028:

I was picking up my bike from the port and was panicked by the queue behind me whilst attempting to quickly reconnect the battery. It just wasn't happening for me and then I managed to cross thread the second screw  :232:

Realising I'd messed up I asked for a car to be moved and I pushed the bike out of the way. Fortunately there was an old piece of thin rubber tubing on the ground (looked like a fuel feed pipe) that I could slide under the nut for the same effect.

Your idea with thick paper / card would have been a good option  :152:
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Re: Battery change tip
Reply #4 on: 08 August, 2021, 04:53:11 AM
Have a set of dental tools, one has a nice 90 degree bend.  Allows a nice under the nut support to get the bolt started.   
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Re: Battery change tip
Reply #5 on: 09 August, 2021, 09:52:07 AM
I fit 2mm longer screws when I add connections.
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