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Battery Quick-Disconnect (easy project)

I added a quick disconnect switch to my underhood battery cable box because I had the battery die after a week at the airport long-term parking. Got back to the SSR following a late flight home and SSR wouldn't start. Nobody else around at midnight, so had to call the wife to drive to the airport (40 minutes) in order to jump the SSR. Next time at airport, I disconnected the battery at the underhood box, but it was a royal pain to get it done while a shuttle bus full of people waited on me to finish. Decided then that I need a quick-disconnect as I will be on work travel quite a bit this year with the SSR in long-term off-site parking. Pictures attached show what I did. Cost $16 (with tax).
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I like it but how do you get back in to open the hood with the battery disconnected?
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I like it but how do you get back in to open the hood with the battery disconnected?
Yep, that's the problem with the darn indexing windows! I have a shutoff under the hood, but only use it during winter storage with the windows cracked.

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I would have battery tested, I have had to leave mine connected, parked with no battery tender for almost a month and she started. I know this is not good on battery or alternator. But at least alarm will work.

I guess he could leave hood popped.
I installed my shut off directly on the battery so no worries. Yes, I have to lay on ground.
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Um...is it really that difficult to unscrew the 15mm nut under the hood?

It takes like 11 seconds...
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What holds the switch and cover into the box once everything is connected? if it is loose that bolt in the back is a hazard isn't it?
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The two clips, one on each side of the cover, along with the stiffness of the cables, should keep it in place.
The worst that original cable joining bolt can do is defeat the shut off.

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Good idea I think I will get one and put on my 1935 Chevy I disconnect the battery every time I put it away 84 year old wiring this would be much simpler and there is a spare hole on the fire wall so no drilling.

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Thought about that switch on the battery box but may be a real pain to cable it up using a weatherproof switch and box.
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That red battery connect cover broke on my truck in 2006 when it was new. I don't think I'd trust it to hold those heavy cables, let alone the risk of a short if it cracked off like mine did.

A straight shorted battery is a dangerous sight!
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Um...is it really that difficult to unscrew the 15mm nut under the hood?

It takes like 11 seconds...
Ha! I triple-dog-dare you to do it in 11 seconds, at night, without lights and without your tools handy, while trying to ensure everything inside is turned off and your luggage is transferred to the shuttle van, then put tools and everything away before checking all doors locked. I'm good ... but not 11 seconds good. Especially when the 15mm socket drops down into the black-hole that is the bottom of your tool box.

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What holds the switch and cover into the box once everything is connected? if it is loose that bolt in the back is a hazard isn't it?
The plastic hinge is broke, but the tabs that hold the cover onto the box are fine. I'm thinking a strip or two of gorilla tape on the hinge will be a small bit of additional security. The red boxes are available new, so maybe just swap out the whole thing for a new box and eliminate the existing connecting stud bolt.

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The plastic hinge is broke, but the tabs that hold the cover onto the box are fine. I'm thinking a strip or two of gorilla tape on the hinge will be a small bit of additional security. The red boxes are available new, so maybe just swap out the whole thing for a new box and eliminate the existing connecting stud bolt.
Instead of buying a new box, you can easily make up something - here's what I came up with. I included a positive charging post, also.
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If my battery died after only one week I'd be buying a new battery. Given the charging system is ok. All my toys sit on battery tenders, they last years longer that way too.
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"EASILY" make up something. Easily. Um hmmm.

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"EASILY" make up something. Easily. Um hmmm.

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If my battery died after only one week I'd be buying a new battery. Given the charging system is ok. All my toys sit on battery tenders, they last years longer that way too.
The battery is fine, in my haste to get my luggage onto the shuttle van and lock up the SSR I believe left my dashcam ON. It draws from the battery continuously ... left ON overnight, no problem; but over the course of a week it will easily kill a battery.
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Instead of buying a new box, you can easily make up something - here's what I came up with. I included a positive charging post, also.
Thanks Topspin! I like it!

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Less invasive, and seems to work well for me. I use one of these (or an equivalent) on equipment I leave outside. Just plug into a lighter socket and hang it from a mirror.

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Good idea I think I will get one and put on my 1935 Chevy I disconnect the battery every time I put it away 84 year old wiring this would be much simpler and there is a spare hole on the fire wall so no drilling.


Smart decision. I had one of those battery on/off switches (like the one shown on Topspins picture) on my '39 Chevy streetrod.

Put mine on the right side frame rail just out a few inches from the firewall and along side of it, I added a set of auxiliary battery posts too. This way I could easily hook up a jumper from another battery if needed......My battery location was behind the right front wheel and no easy access to it at all. The "trick" here is to use one of those batteries that comes with both sets of terminals. The (old style) on top and the newer style on the sides. That allowed hooking up the whole deal.
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It has a keyless remote on it, yes theyíre more expensive than what you guys have been doing, but she didnít want to open the hood and fiddle around. It worked awesome, it also monitors and it you forget to set it, it will automatically disconnect at a certain voltage so you can still start the vehicle. So this would work great for an SSR as you can let it index the windows and shut it off, then turn it on and the windows will index again .....


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The battery is fine, in my haste to get my luggage onto the shuttle van and lock up the SSR I believe left my dashcam ON. It draws from the battery continuously ... left ON overnight, no problem; but over the course of a week it will easily kill a battery.
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The battery is fine, in my haste to get my luggage onto the shuttle van and lock up the SSR I believe left my dashcam ON. It draws from the battery continuously ... left ON overnight, no problem; but over the course of a week it will easily kill a battery.
Maybe you should consider rewiring the power accessory outlets to a key power source
see how I did it here

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You could still use the solar panel @Patton Road SSR suggested but you would have to connect it to the cigarette lighter in the ashtray.
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When my mom still had her 1996 Trans Am convertible, it had an aftermarket alarm system and she didnít use it, but it still drained the battery in short order, seeing that what they do!! So I installed one of these https://www.autozone.com/ignition/ki...tch/558401_0_0
It has a keyless remote on it, yes theyíre more expensive than what you guys have been doing, but she didnít want to open the hood and fiddle around. It worked awesome, it also monitors and it you forget to set it, it will automatically disconnect at a certain voltage so you can still start the vehicle. So this would work great for an SSR as you can let it index the windows and shut it off, then turn it on and the windows will index again .....
This looks like a great solution; however, this item has relatively poor reviews on Amazon, only about 50% positive. Most complaints are poor quality construction and high failure rate. When I checked the manufacturer's (WirthCo) website, it says that this is "discontinued" ... hmmm, but still available on Amazon and Autozone.

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This looks like a great solution; however, this item has relatively poor reviews on Amazon, only about 50% positive. Most complaints are poor quality construction and high failure rate. When I checked the manufacturer's (WirthCo) website, it says that this is "discontinued" ... hmmm, but still available on Amazon and Autozone.
That one is very similar to the one that was installed, I can’t remeber which one it was, I can’t go look ... sold the car. Another friend has one in her Motorhome as the chassis battery dies. This is the one that was installed. I see that they’re out of stock, but this is the one.

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That one is very similar to the one that was installed, I canít remeber which one it was, I canít go look ... sold the car. Another friend has one in her Motorhome as the chassis battery dies. This is the one that was installed. I see that theyíre out of stock, but this is the one.

https://www.summitracing.com/int/sea...battery-brains

Kinda pricey, but looks like a good alternative if you're in a hurry and/or don't feel like hassling with popping the hood to either throw a shutoff switch or hook up a battery tender.

Mine will crank after a week unattended, but not sure it would with a few extra days. The prior owner had those LED light deals installed both in the cargo area and under the hood on both sides each end. They each have an on/off switch button, but the button has a constantly lite light ring around it. I'm pretty sure the "draw" is minimal, but whatever it is, in addition to the alarm system and whatever else creates drain. If I go more than 4-5 days without running it and no hook up of my battery tender. When I do decide to plug in the tender, it will stay "amber" for 3 days or more before finally turning green.
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With all this talk of battery voltage cut-off, there's something to keep in mind and it has happened to me before. There are instances when I cut the battery power and did lose my window indexing feature and had to re-program them! For that reason I really don't use my cut-off switch for theft protection. I only use it at home with the driver's window always cracked, so I can still get in to do the re-programming if the indexing is lost.

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