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The clamps are slightly different sizes surely. It's a while since I replaced any but that's my recollection, and they're usually marked + and -.
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Not relating to your batteries, but as you are the latest post, could someone guide me as to how I create a new post. Looked and looked but can't find the link. Thanks a lot. Wendy
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Changed engine battery on my Adria had to find battery with posts on certain side of the battery as it had a large plate that clamped over pos terminal with a number of cables connected they were red black cables
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Not relating to your batteries, but as you are the latest post, could someone guide me as to how I create a new post. Looked and looked but can't find the link. Thanks a lot. Wendy
Hi Wendy,

I have sent you a PM explaining how to do this, I hope that it helps,

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There are no standards laid down for low voltage DC polarity in the EU and indeed I've found some odd colour combinations used on German and Dutch wires, they often like to use grey and light blue for instance.

In the case of "round post" battery terminals you can always identify the positive terminal because the "hole" in the middle is larger. It should be pysically impossible to get the negative connection to fit over the battery positive terminal.

With terminals that are flat with a bolt through you'll need to use a continuity meter to determine polarity, the wire that goes to the chassis will be the negative in most vehicles made since the 1970s (except possibly Volkswagen who ISTR still used a 6v system with a positive earth).

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In the case of "round post" battery terminals you can always identify the positive terminal because the "hole" in the middle is larger. It should be pysically impossible to get the negative connection to fit over the battery positive terminal.
I thought of saying something along those lines, but mustn't have pressed the button to post it. Though I can see it on my copy of MHF, just a couple of posts back. Admittedly though Ken has elaborated.

Must take a note to press the submit button, I'd have been pleased to have posted something clever like that.
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Put meter on continuity between the chassis and each cable, the one which beeps is the earth mark it and fit it.
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I dont think the polarity is in question, clearly on his old battery the negative terminal is bigger than the positive, on his new battery the positive is bigger. This is generally the uk standard.
What he does about it is the question.
You could try opening out the positive, and packing the negative with some metallic shim or alternatively change the clamps or swap them over if they are of the screw type cable clamp.

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For round terminal batteries there are two variations, basically Japanese and European/American. The difference between the two types is that both terminals of the Japanese standard are smaller than the European ones. I think the Japanese have now standardised their size to the Euro one now.


Always the positive is the larger of the two.


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I totally agree positive is always the bigger of the two
Just trying to explain why his old battery potentially has a bigger negative terminal. Pretty sure burstner don't use black for pos and red for neg.
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