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Is disconnecting the battery necessary

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by jmasterj, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. jmasterj

    jmasterj [OP] Samsonite...I was way off!

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    My Kenwood Head unit died on me so they sent a replacement, so I have to pull it out and install the new unit. I was just wondering if it is really necessary to have to disconnect the battery to do this? It is freaking 2 below 0 right now and it really don't feel like messing with the battery.
     
  2. LonghornTaco

    LonghornTaco Can you pass the bailout please?

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    I didn't.
     
  3. 81shark

    81shark Well-Known Member

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    i've never disconnected a battery when doing a head unit.

    i did however pull the inline fuse when i ran the wire for my amp.
     
  4. Chickenmunga

    Chickenmunga Nuggety

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    amps, yes.
    head units, nope.

    My thoughts are that the chance of me getting shocked hooking up the head unit is pretty minimal, the vehicle is off, and I'm guessing the warranty can cover magic smoke.
     
  5. atsaubrey

    atsaubrey Dealer/Sales Rep for Sundown Audio.

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    it is always recommended, if you were using a Pioneer with PICO fuses then FOR SURE!! With the Kenwood its your call but read my first statement.
     
  6. Mr Marv

    Mr Marv Well-Known Member Vendor

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    I'd have to agree it's better safe than sorry even if it is freezing outside! :D
     
  7. Chickenmunga

    Chickenmunga Nuggety

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    i'm more worried about amps.
    Never blown a fuse in the 6 decks I've owned, each installed more than once.
    I don't replace parts in the computer with the power on, but I don't disconnect the power supply from the motherboard and drain residual charge either.

    :D
     
  8. HerNameIsLucy

    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    it's most likely safe to leave it connected but if you don't disconnect it and end up frying something you're gonna kick yourself for trying to save 2 minutes

    warm the tools in the house first and keep them in your pocket. learned that from living in colorado where the wrenches would stick to fingers at -20F
     
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