At ABL Electronic Supplies, we deliver quality wire and cable solutions at competitive prices. One of our core product offerings is ground straps. Also known as grounding straps, earthing straps, or bonding straps, these simple devices make electronic equipment—such as vehicles—safer.
Ground Straps for Cars and Trucks
Grounding straps for trucks and cars are vital for various vehicle functions. In a vehicle, the metal chassis and engine block are part of the electrical system. Electricity flows from the positive terminal of the battery through the electrical accessories (e.g., lights) back to the negative terminal of the battery. The chassis and engine block serve as safe pathways for the electricity between the positive terminal to connected devices to the negative terminal. The ground strap is the component that connects the engine block to the chassis or negative battery terminal, allowing for the completion of the electrical circuit and, consequently, the operation of different vehicle systems.
Given the importance of grounding straps in passenger and work vehicles, it is essential to regularly check their condition. Worn or damaged ground straps can cause equipment malfunction or create unsafe user conditions. Some signs of bad ground straps include:
- Dim or flickering lights
- Low voltage output
- Dead or non-charging battery
- Hard or no ignition
Visit our introduction to ground straps blog to get a better overview of them.
Ground Straps for Forklifts
Various work vehicles use ground straps to protect users and equipment from electrostatic discharge. In the case of forklifts, these devices are also commonly referred to as anti-static straps. They are designed to touch the floor rather than connect to another part of the vehicle. This creates a designated path for electrical current to flow to a safe ground without causing harm to nearby people or damage to nearby equipment.
Tips for Installing Vehicle Ground Straps
Ground straps are vital to safe vehicle operations. However, they must be installed properly to work as intended. Below, we provide some tips on how to install vehicle ground straps.
If you’re installing ground straps in a car or truck, the process is as follows:
- Use a heavy ground cable to connect the negative battery terminal to the starter motor/engine block
- Ground the engine block to the frame with a heavy ground cable/wire
- Ground the engine block to the vehicle body with a heavy ground cable/wire
Regarding the latter two steps, it is important to ensure the ground cable/wire is long enough to not be pulled apart when the engine moves under a load. Additionally, you should use insulated wire to prevent deterioration caused by moisture.
If you’re installing ground straps on a forklift, two tips to keep in mind are:
- Ensure the ground and strap are relatively clean, so there is a solid connection between them
- Use two straps (one behind each axle), so users/equipment remain protected even if one strap wears/falls
Vehicle Grounding Straps From ABL Electronic Supplies
Grounding straps play a critical role in vehicles, both by allowing electrical systems to be powered and protecting users from electrostatic discharge. That’s why it is essential to source them from a supplier you can trust.
At ABL Electronic Supplies, we have extensive experience providing wire and cable solutions to customers across a wide range of industries. This gives us the knowledge and skills we need to deliver quality ground straps at fair and affordable prices with fast turnaround. To experience our excellent products and superb customer service, contact us today.