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#1 Think Tank

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 05:33 PM

Hello guys. I'm new to the forum, but I figure if anybody would know, you guys will.

I bought a new car! Good times.

The battery has gone. Bad times.

It's an M-reg (96) Ford Fiesta. The battery terminals are *not* like this:


But I can't remember what they're called to find a picture.
Instead, the battery terminals have a whole in which you put a bolt through, slip the cables over and then bolt it on with a 10mm bolt.

It has four cables. One giant red (positive) one. The other three I'm not so sure about. Stupidly, when I took the original battery out, I forgot which one goes on which. I *thought* just the red one on the positive and the other three on the negative. However, when I do it like that, I get nothing. No lights on the dashboard. No clock. Nothing what so ever. Turning the key does nada.

So, short of ordering a Haynes manual and waiting for it to arrive, I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this car so I can get the new battery in ASAP.

I've checked the new battery at the shop which I bought it from and it is definitely working. But in my car... nothing.

Any ideas please?

Car is:

Ford Fiesta 1.1 petrol with 5-doors on an M-reg plate. I think it is called a Mark '3.5'.

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#2 DirtMuppet


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Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:25 AM

I'm kinda hopin you've sorte this out by now but anybody else who has been confused by the same thin there is 1 positive *thick* red lead and 1 negative *thicker than the other 2* black lead and then the two extras which should b connected one to each of the battery terminals generally (as they are on my car) theyre normally taped to the other leads which they should go on the terminal with nut if not theyre normally color coded too, failing this try each one on each terminal (careful not to short anything or blow fuses tho!!) i hope this helps.


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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:47 PM

the battery you want is a flat terminal battary but you can get terminal plugs and rewire them and use round head termina battary

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:01 PM

the one you want is a 4f battery

Battery 895

AH Cap 30
20 h rate

cold start 290

Length 186

Width 125

Height 171

this battery is a flat type terminal with a hole in the possative and the negative
you can find them on this site http://www.performan...ery_information

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