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    just a quick question.

    im running a power cable through the car for an amp. and just want to make sure that if i disconnect the battery i wont have to go to vauxhall or somewhere to get stuff reset or anything like that.

    basically... will i be able to disconnect the battery for a couple of minutes without messing the car up?

    thanks for the help

    carl

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    I have done it and had no effect, but you will need your radio code

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    nice one mate

    cheers

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    no probs

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    As David, just disconnect the -ve terminal and you'll be fine. You may also need to reprogram the windows as they may not auto open/close (keep going up/down once you let go of the button inside the door) when you reconnect. Just hold the buttons to wind the windows up but keep it held once it closes until you hear a click, then they should auto close again.

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    You have to disconnect the battery within 15 seconds of turning off the ignition key otherwise your wake up you nearbours, as the alarm will sound for 30 seconds lol as this has a battery backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan
    As David, just disconnect the -ve terminal and you'll be fine. You may also need to reprogram the windows as they may not auto open/close (keep going up/down once you let go of the button inside the door) when you reconnect. Just hold the buttons to wind the windows up but keep it held once it closes until you hear a click, then they should auto close again.

    HTH

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    it will be the + side of the battery if he's running power for a amp

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    You always disconnect the -ve first for safety reasons, then as you say if hes connecting a new wire for hes amp then this goes onto the +ve terminal, making sure he includes an in-line fuse close to battery, then reconnect the negative terminal -ve last. Then reset the electric windows and enter the Radio code. Job done

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauls898
    You have to disconnect the battery within 15 seconds of turning off the ignition key otherwise your wake up you nearbours, as the alarm will sound for 30 seconds lol as this has a battery backup.
    Good point.
    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan
    As David, just disconnect the -ve terminal and you'll be fine. You may also need to reprogram the windows as they may not auto open/close (keep going up/down once you let go of the button inside the door) when you reconnect. Just hold the buttons to wind the windows up but keep it held once it closes until you hear a click, then they should auto close again.
    Quote Originally Posted by vectra 2.0 t
    it will be the + side of the battery if he's running power for a amp
    Quote Originally Posted by pauls898
    You always disconnect the -ve first for safety reasons, then as you say if hes connecting a new wire for hes amp then this goes onto the +ve terminal, making sure he includes an in-line fuse close to battery, then reconnect the negative terminal -ve last. Then reset the electric windows and enter the Radio code. Job done
    You beat me to it Paul. That's what I was about to say. My reference to disconnecting the -ve terminal was for initially cutting the power. Obviously the amp will be connected up to the +ve for the power feed for the amp.

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    thanks for the help guys. the amp is all powered up now.
    had to reset the windows (auto close/open), and that was it. (alpine headunit, didnt need key, just had to set the audio stuff again).

    got the amp running a pioneer 10" at the minute. until i have saved enough pennies for the alpine 15" i want.

    thanks
    carl

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