cjv-35 wrote:Believe you might have to switch the wires around on your ammeter.
If you are speaking of my VOM (Volt-Ohm meter) it is the same as it has always been when I bought it in 1976. It is used for not only auto, but also for electronics.
The black wire is negative, red is positive. I don't have
an external ammeter.
And before I finished this note, I went back and re-examined the wires OF the Jeep. This is an M38, so one battery is under the right side of the hood. The other, of course, is in the cowl up top. The (front)positive
+ terminal goes to chassis ground to a nearby bolt. A jumper then travels from the negative
- of the battery to the other battery's positive
+ terminal. The negative
- connects to the starter solenoid. Now, by virtue of the positive terminal connecting to chassis ground, this is what I concluded is a postive
ground system. If you try to connect it any other way, it will spark. Once again, when you check the system normally (positive to positive, negative to negative) it reads backwards (RED llead to +, black to -, the meter goes backwards. Reverse it (red to ground, black to positive, it reads FORWARDS 24V.
You can't (?) have positive to negative. ?????????????? It will arc.
SO! What gives? How could it be reversed? WHO reversed it and WHY? Is it easy to do this by accident? (I wouldn't think so)
To me, this IS back'ards! IOW, positive should connect to positive and negative should always be ground. But this one is NOT
HOW could someone do this? I didn't, and I wouldn't WANT it this way. So how do I fix this?
The more I talk about this the confused'er I git!