In a message dated 5/23/2006 10:59:35 PM Central Standard Time,
> Indeed, I was taught that the final connection should be the ground (+
> in Paul's case) and should be to the engine block. The idea is that the
> last connection is the one that may spark and you don't want a spark
> right there at the battery. Maybe not too critical when hooking it up
> but after the battery has been charging for awhile could be dangerous
> (Hydrogen gas in the area of the battery) so the ground is also the
> first one you disconnect, again to keep any spark away from the battery..
> True? Or old wives tale?
I concur. Most times there may be no hydrogen gas present in significant
quantity but it is a good habit to get into.
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