Jump start remote post

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  1. IanF

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    Hi we have a 2005 2.8 Ducato. The positive post of the engine battery is almost impossible to reach with jump leads. My question is then;- How difficult is it to fit a remote positive battery post so that should I need to jump start the MH in the future it is relatively accessible
    Thanks again & Merry Xmas to all
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    Don't you have one in your engine bay?
     
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    Don't think so I couldn't find one and neither could two guys from Greenflag
    If you know differently where is it?
    Thanks Ian
     
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    Sorry Ian, if the guys from Green Flag can't find it I guess there isn't one there. I only said that because a lot of motors have a positive connection under the bonnet.
     
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    It may be under a plastic cover on the right hand side ( as you look in )
     
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    Could use a length of battery cable as a flying lead with a termination on either end , one connected to the battery terminal the other with an insulating protective sheath and a retaining clip in a convenient place to reach.
    Not ideal but solves a problem.
     
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    Yes wherever it is it will be covered for safety.:xThumb:
     
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    X244 Ducatos don't have a remote positive for jump starting because the battery is already in the engine bay, even though the positive is at the far end and almost impossible to safely get a jump cable clamp onto. Only with the advent of the X250 models in late 2006 did a remote positive connection for jump starting appear in the engine bay. Simple job to fit one if you really want to, a couple of feet of 25mm sq cable with a decent temrination mounted on an insulated block somewhere convenient would do the job. Alternatively a pair of 25mm sq cables from the battery to a suitably sized Andersen plug and a pair of jump leads to match would make it very simple.

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    Thank you all for your guidance
    Ian
     
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    beat me to it dave was going to say that. i fitted one to the bus, can use it for power out too
     
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    Only drawback using anderson plugs is you need jump leads to suit.

    The breakdown vans use them but only fitted to their vehicles for their leads.....the other end of their lead is a regular croc clip.
    If you dont have a set of suitable leads to fit YOUR anderson plugs you are stuffed.
     
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    Hi Pappajohn I would make up a set to suit my needs with Anderson plugs on one end and normal jump lead croc type on the other. Also plan to get a Battery Booster pack and fit Anderson plugs to it, Can you see any drawbacks to that?
    Thanks Ian
     
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    Sounds like a plan to me.

    And of course, you can stick the leads in the booster pack to start other vehicles with standard battery posts if needed.
     
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    Simple way out of that and the way a lot of recovery guy do it they have 6m heavy duty jump leads - cut them 600mm from one end. Put Anderson on each cut end then you can always use them as a standard set. When you need to use them on an Anderson plugged vehicle just split them and hook in. Simples
     
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    The item pictured is what you need but note this listing is actually just for the bracket (sure you noticed, but just in case!)
     
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    I'd also fit a heavy duty cut off switch in the positive lead, between battery and Anderson plug so that the Anderson isn't permanently live. In fairness the 175 Amp Andersons should suffice as you shouldn't be trying to pass all the starting current up the jump leads. The correct method of jump starting is to connect your leads then start the donor vehicle and run it at about 2000 rpm for five to ten minutes, this will get some charge back into the dead battery to help in starting rather than trying to drag 300 odd amps up the jump leads. If when you do try to start the dead vehicle the starter doesn't spin it over fast enough then give the donor another five minutes at 2K RPM before you try again.

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    Anderson plugs come in many different types to prevent incorrect connection of differing voltages.
    Most I have seen in use on recovery trucks seem to be of the grey variety, but not always!
    The colours are supposed to be matched to voltage, eg red for 24v, blue for 48v, green for 72v and black for 80v.
    If you choose grey 160 Amp plugs you might find you are fairly standardised for 12volt. I would have a Croc clip termination to add just in case though!
     
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