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Well, today, as smart a teenager can get, I disconnected the battery of my 6GA so I can learn how to fix my car in the hood and in the car... however, while trying to reconnect the battery, positive first, sparks were flying... same thing happened while I was connecting the negative (after the positive) and seeing a bit of smoke... My question is, does this happen frequently or is this a huge rookie mistake?

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Sometimes you do get sparks (small amounts) when reconnecting the cables, but smoke is another issue entirely. That is bad news.

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Sometimes you do get sparks (small amounts) when reconnecting the cables, but smoke is another issue entirely. That is bad news.
So far, nothing went bad at all.. I am going to keep an eye out for that... Also, the negative cable made a small dent to the negative terminal on the battery.


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Smoke is baad ! M-kay? but you may have just vaporized some film that is on your terminal. Do you use a terminal protectant? You know, like Vaseline or that red spray?

A spark large enough to create a divot in the terminal is akin to shorting out the two terminals with a screwdriver across the two terminals.

Do you have an amp on the battery and didn't turn it off? It sounds like you were pulling a lot of power when returning the negative cable back on the post.

I get sparks all the time but nothing large enough to create an arc spot.

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So did you learn anything in the hood and in the car? People generally don't just pop to hood and decide they are going to fix or learn to fix something. When you go tinkering around that's when you break things.
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Smoke is baad ! M-kay? but you may have just vaporized some film that is on your terminal. Do you use a terminal protectant? You know, like Vaseline or that red spray?

A spark large enough to create a divot in the terminal is akin to shorting out the two terminals with a screwdriver across the two terminals.

Do you have an amp on the battery and didn't turn it off? It sounds like you were pulling a lot of power when returning the negative cable back on the post.

I get sparks all the time but nothing large enough to create an arc spot.
I don't have an AMP connected to the battery, plus I turn off everything before I turn off the car and I only had the raquet (not torque raquet) in my hand (I was wearing gloves and standing far) as this was happening. However, I don't have any terminal protectant on hand, as this is the very first time I removed the battery connection, as I tried to find the Recirculation Control Module (not sure where it is even located). Also, these weren't huge sparks. However, I did made another rookie mistake while doing this, which was having the engine bay face the garage and having the Acura parked directly right in-front of the 6GA.... probably won't be a great night with my dad if those sparks caused a fire...

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So did you learn anything in the hood and in the car? People generally don't just pop to hood and decide they are going to fix or learn to fix something. When you go tinkering around that's when you break things.
Yeah, I learned to keep the negative connector as far away from the negative terminal as possible and also to make sure the connectors are snug as possible to the connectors. I just have a set of sockets ranging from 6mm to 14mm, so I thought why not learn how to work on the car, so I can save you all time on explaining to me which parts to remove, etc... Plus, I am planning on super cleaning the interior of the car (requires me to remove the front seats) in the near future.


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