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Old 08-27-2001, 11:43 PM   #1
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Question Why would a body shop disconnect my battery?

Finally got my wagon back from the body shop (see linkBump, scrape )

My friend (who did the damage ) picked it up from the shop, but when I picked it up from her place today, i noticed that the radio presets had been wiped. The security light is flashing twice too...

So, I figure out the body shop must have disconnected the battery at some point during the repair job. They had the car for a week and there's a few extra miles on it than I think there should be (prolly nothing I can do on this ).

I'll call them tomorrow to find out about the battery, but any of you know why they might have done this? It was just a door scrape!!
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:17 AM   #2
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for safety, paint vapor is explosive and your car body is the ground a little static charge and by by car
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:18 AM   #3
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Precautionary- paint in aerosol form (especially in such fine sprays as quality auto paint guns can have) is HIGHLY flammable. Disconnecting the battery ensures no grounding sparks that could set things ablaze .

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Old 08-28-2001, 12:20 AM   #4
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They beat me to it...

Also, haven;t all of us Scooby owners learned to take down the exact miles our car has when we drop it off somewhere and inform the people that we know EXACTLY how many miles the car has on it It is one of the first things you will learn to do if you have yet

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Old 08-28-2001, 10:48 AM   #5
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Make sure they tightened the bolts when you get it back. After my car came back from the shop, it wouldn't start one morning at all. It took me about half an hour to figure out they just hand-tightened the battery connectors and they finally came loose. Way to double check there guys.
Be grateful all they did was drive it around, last time my car was in the shop I had stuff stolen (Canadian Tire money, for the Canucks), lost (my mud flaps mysteriously dissappered) and poorly repaired (a good drop of solder/metal on a wheel bolt/nut -which was put in the glove-box since it couldn't be screwed back on).
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:40 PM   #6
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Did the body shop do any wielding on your car? They may have disconnected the battery to prevent the ECU from getting fried by the wielding. I don't know much about wielding but don't they use electricity when they spot/arc/tig wield?
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Old 08-28-2001, 10:16 PM   #7
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They didn't do any welding! It was just a scrape, but you do raise a good point about the ECU. Somehow the car feels different - they prolly reset the ECU.

I'm off to do some searches on ECU resets....
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Old 08-29-2001, 12:46 PM   #8
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I think everytime you disconnect the battery the ECU resets. This is what I was always told to do after installing an intake/exhaust on a car so your car could "learn" to drive with it's new lungs. But some techie site somewhere probably has the facts for you. Actually, your dealer service dudes probably know if the ECU resets.
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Old 08-29-2001, 03:34 PM   #9
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Did the body shop do any painting on your car? They may have disconnected the battery to prevent the ECU from getting fried by the painting. I don't know much about painting but don't they put a positive charge on the paint and a negative charge on the car body to get the paint to stick better?
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Old 08-29-2001, 05:54 PM   #10
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i work at a body shop and the reason why we disconnect the battery is so that when doing any work we dont get shocked or mess up your computer if we accidently cross 2 wires.,or die out your battery so then we have to recharge it.and in any way the paint is not dangerous to your battery in any way to create a spark we keep the batterys hooked up when we paint them in a dowdraft paint booth and then bake the paint on at 120 degrees also and wit the miles being on your call we are always moving cars constently and our storage garage and our detail shop is up the road a little so when we drive them back and forth a couple times the miles add up and when your car needs road tested for any funny noises!
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Old 08-29-2001, 06:11 PM   #11
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This is just a guess, but maybe they took the doors off the car, and in so doing had to disconnect the wiring. When doing this, it is always a good idea to disconnect the battery.

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