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Re: Fiat Panda 4x4 E314PFL

Restoration log - instalment 4 electrics - battery isolator


I plan a major overhaul of the electrics over the next few weeks.


The first stage is to fit an isolator switch to the battery. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly as a safety issue to reduce the risks of a short when I am doing work on the remainder of the electrics and secondly as a security measure so that I can immobilise the car when I am leaving it parked, particularly if I ever manage to get it touring abroad.


There are plenty of different isolators available, and I went for the quick disconnect version with fuse sold by AES.


This fits direct to the battery negative post. The terminal bridging fuse keeps power running to the radio, alarm and clock if you just want to immobilise the car - trying to start it will blow the fuse. For electrical work, you need to unscrew the switch wheel and disconnect the fuse.



The switch was easy to fit, just a case of:
  • removing the negative lead from the battery;
  • cleaning up the terminal post and clamp with some emery paper;
  • bolting the switch to the negative battery post; and
  • reconnecting the battery lead to the post on the end of the switch, tying in the flying lead from the fuse holder.
I used Contraluble electrical grease on all the mating surfaces.


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Oooh, looks like a good idea, I've often thought about getting something like this. Where did you get it from?
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