Whenever working on or around any electrical or electronic systems, always observe
these general precautions to prevent the possibility of personal injury or damage
to electronic components.
Never install or remove battery cables with the key ON or
the engine running. Jumper cables should be connected with the key OFF to
avoid power surges that can damage electronic control units. Engines equipped
with computer controlled systems should avoid both giving and getting jump starts
due to the possibility of serious damage to components from arcing in the engine
compartment if connections are made with the ignition ON.
Always remove the battery cables before charging the battery. Never use a
high output charger on an installed battery or attempt to use any type of ``hot
shot'' (24 volt) starting aid.
Exercise care when inserting test probes into connectors to insure good contact
without damaging the connector or spreading the pins. Always probe connectors
from the rear (wire) side, NOT the pin side, to avoid accidental shorting of
terminals during test procedures.
Never remove or attach wiring harness connectors with the ignition switch ON,
especially to an electronic control unit.
Do not drop any components during service procedures and never apply 12 volts
directly to any component (like a solenoid or relay) unless instructed specifically
to do so. Some component electrical windings are designed to safely handle only
4 or 5 volts and can be destroyed in seconds if 12 volts are applied directly
to the connector.
Remove the electronic control unit if the vehicle is to be placed in an environment
where temperatures exceed approximately 176°F (80°C), such as a paint
spray booth or when arc/gas welding near the control unit location.