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    Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    We all know the the ccorrect way is to disconnect the neg on the main battery, and connect it when the new amp is connected. Many times disconnecting the main battery can erase trip counters and some car computers may need an idle learning process if disconnected.

    Maybe some of the most experienced installers can comment or argue about the methods I listed and which one will be better, if not wanting to disconnect the main battery.

    All options assume key switched off or no keys on the ignition switch.


    A. Disconnect the Neg on the main battery and back on when new amp is connected? Commonly used

    B. Simply disconnect the Fuse for the amp on the pos cable, install amp and connect amp's fuse near the battery again.

    C. Same as B except disconnect amps ground and connect amp's ground as the last step.

    D. Simply Disconnect the ground on the amp, wrap it or isolate it. Install new amp, then connect the amp's ground as a last step again.



    Since all of the above methods work, what are the risks associated with any of the methods listed?

    One last question. How do you avoid that initial jolt spark connecting either the amp's ground or battery ground after everything is hooked up? Probably can't be avoided, just thought I would ask.







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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    No professional installer but i always took out the fuse(s) from the power thus creating an open in the circuit.




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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    A only A.



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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    I only do option A and that's what I will only recomend.




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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    when you do A from under the hood what happens if you have multiple batteries, arent the amp still connected to those batteries?




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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by naughtyca View Post
    when you do A from under the hood what happens if you have multiple batteries, arent the amp still connected to those batteries?
    The extra batteries will also have to be disconnected because they still will have power. In this case I think you do A and C or simply C removing all the fuses. Disconnecting the main battery's ground simply reduces the risk of electrical damage to the the car's electrical components . However once the fuses are removed there is no risk of any damage to the car's electrical system simply because there is no power on the main positive amp's power cable.




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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    It's really not hard and it really doesn't matter how you do it as long as you do it carefully.



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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck View Post
    It's really not hard and it really doesn't matter how you do it as long as you do it carefully.
    That is exactly what I thought, taking the fuse out either before or after removing the amp's ground simply gives some piece of mind, cause
    once you remove the amp's positive cable at the amp's positive connector, when the main battery's ground is not removed if that cable touches any metal attached to any painted area, seat belt brakes or anything for more than 2 seconds something may damage or other fuse simply will blow.




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    I run circuit breakers so I just push a button and done!



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    Re: Proper ways to disconnect and connect an amplifier

    so for multiple batteries

    A. Disconnect the Neg on the main battery all other batteries in the car then back on when new amp is connected? Commonly used




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