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There's an extra cable coming off my battery to the front body metalwork over the radiator. It's getting in the way when I'm changing the dipped headlight bulb on the passenger side.

Last time I changed that bulb, I undid this lead to gain extra room to work in. When It came to re-attaching it, it fizzled and sparked as it made contact with the body again. What is it doing there and is it safe to do the same thing again?

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Are you sure this is not the battery earth from the negative terminal?
did it have any green tape on it?

As long as it is re-attached firmly there should be no problem.
The civic 8G does not have radio codes to lose but might lose some other settings if you leave it disconnected for too long.
I had to re-position mine when I installed gas struts for the bonnet
 

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Yes Wilmo, that one with small bit of green tape on. It's the only cable to the Negative terminal which seems a bit weird to me. So no damage to electrics if removed completely for 20mins whilst changing the headlight bulb?
 

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You can just see it in this picture, there is only 1 earth from the battery.
There is another threaded hole by the wing that I moved it to so I could put the strut in the original location, that might make the bulb more accessible?
https://www.civinfo.com/forum/members/wilmo-albums-my+fn2+typer-picture40290-sus-tec-bonnet-struts.html

Check things like radio presets, trip meter, settings from the steering wheel i button.
If they all look as you expect then there is no issue.

The other thing that might happen is that the passenger front window will not work from the button on the drivers door.
If so then open it with the passenger door button and hold it down for 10 secs, then open it and hold button up for 10 secs. this should clear it.
 

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Well I took it off to change to passenger side headlight bulb, put it all back together again, reattached the earth strap, checked the lights worked and locked it up.

Come home time from work, it's raining, so I switch on the lights and everything on the dashboard disappears. How the **** can that happen? All I've done is change a *******g light bulb and now I can't put the lights on because then I can't see how fast I'm going. Turn the lights off and it all comes back on.

Can't believe it - why do Honda design stuff to do that.

EDIT: anyway, I seem to have fixed it for now. Hope it doesn't happen again especially at night.
 
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