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Old 03-02-2013, 01:06 PM
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Oil leaking from battery cable ?

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My 36 fORD HAS THE BATTERY IN THE TRUNK. THE CABLE IS #2 GAUGE. I DISCONNECTED THE BATTERY AND LET THE CABLE HANG DOWN OVER NIGHT. THIS MORNING I WENT OUT TO RE CONNECT THE CABLE AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT A PUDDLE OF OIL HAD RAN OUT OF THE CABLE. GO FIGURE???????

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oil leak

There is no oil in a battery cable. Only thing I can figure is that you have an oil leak that is dripping onto the cable and then running down it .
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Maybe oil is leaking where it is bolted to the engine/tranny and running along it?
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Possibly something leaking oil, ive heard of this happening before where the oil absorbs into the insulation of the wire, and will work its way to the loweest point, .....
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That's not oil, it's liquid smoke. If you develop a short this liquid smoke becomes a gas, it has an acrid burning smell. You'll be able to see it clearly then!
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That's not oil, it's liquid smoke. If you develop a short this liquid smoke becomes a gas, it has an acrid burning smell. You'll be able to see it clearly then!
Good one!

If the cable was ever laid in a place where there was enough oil that the oil could reach the level of the wire inside the insulation, the oil will wick up inside the cable through capillary action. This could continue until the oil level dropped too far or the cable became full.

The only real concern I would have is if there WERE a short, the oil could conceivably catch fire and burn the vehicle to the ground. So if it's practical to do, remove the cable and flush it out using something like Black Maxx from NAPA (like 409 cleaner on steroids) followed by rinsing it w/water, before returning it to service.
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Could it possibly be condensation mixing with something inside the cable like a sealant or something?
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No, it's volt lube. They put oil between the wire and the insulation to make the current slide through the wire better. Less resistance!


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no, it's volt lube. They put oil between the wire and the insulation to make the current slide through the wire better. Less resistance!


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