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Old 25th February 2012, 04:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fitting CTEK Comfort Lead

I want to fit a fused CTEK lead to the battery but I can't access the terminals due to the trim above. Is there a simple way to losen the trim to allow access to the terminals?

Only just got mine and it's new so being a bit cautious about removing bits. Any ideas?
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Old 25th February 2012, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think I just removed a few of the fasteners to allow the top section to lift enough to get to the terminals when I did mine. If I remember correctly I lifted the cover from the battery compartment to as far as the centre of the car and it provided access. The fasteners are very easily removed.
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Thanks. Silly question: how do you remove the fastners? The fastners spin round but are they a screw function or something else? Just trying to avoid breaking one if I do the wrong thing.
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The centre of the fastener pops out (levered with a small screwdriver) and then the entire fastener comes out. It's not unscrewed. Once you do one, it will be easy. I hope this helps.
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Many thanks. I'll have a go tomorrow. I think I only need to release one to get enough access to fit the lead.
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Old 25th February 2012, 10:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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get a sharp screwdriver and pop those fasteners.

Do also remove the water leading rubber (whatever you call it).
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Daft question, but is it ok to leave the Ctek comfort lead attached to the terminals while your driving? (obviously not with the charger attached)
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Daft question, but is it ok to leave the Ctek comfort lead attached to the terminals while your driving? (obviously not with the charger attached)
Yes it should be fine as it's the whole point of the comfort lead as long as the insulation isn't compromised.

FYI, I purchased the fused lead set (fused very near the positive terminal) which I felt was safer that the supplied lead in that if it gets pinched the fuse will commit suicide and stop the current flow. It also has battery health status Leds. I think it was about £10 so well worth it. I don't know why the lead that came with the charger wasn't fused.

It was similar to this:-
http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...ed=0CG8Q8wIwAg
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Yes it should be fine as it's the whole point of the comfort lead as long as the insulation isn't compromised.

FYI, I purchased the fused lead set (fused very near the positive terminal) which I felt was safer that the supplied lead in that if it gets pinched the fuse will commit suicide and stop the current flow. It also has battery health status Leds. I think it was about £10 so well worth it. I don't know why the lead that came with the charger wasn't fused.

It was similar to this:-
CTEK 56-382 indicator Comfort Connection Lead M8
Great stuff, thanks mate - ordered one of those now.
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Yes it should be fine as it's the whole point of the comfort lead as long as the insulation isn't compromised.

FYI, I purchased the fused lead set (fused very near the positive terminal) which I felt was safer that the supplied lead in that if it gets pinched the fuse will commit suicide and stop the current flow. It also has battery health status Leds. I think it was about £10 so well worth it. I don't know why the lead that came with the charger wasn't fused.

It was similar to this:-
CTEK 56-382 indicator Comfort Connection Lead M8
I've done the same and ordered the fused lead. Just waiting for it to arrive and fitting this weekend.
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Old 28th February 2012, 12:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Good stuff. Definitely worth doing IMO as even when charging, if the charging wire got pinched there is nothing to stop the battery discharging its full current. With the fused lead, at least the fuse kills the current at source.
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