Joined: Jul 2002
Location: Austin, Texas
Originally Posted by johnand
Well, I replaced ALL of my cables when I relocated my battery to the trunk during the auto to manual swap.
As you can see from those pics, I completely replaced the main starter wire with 1 gauge welding cable and crimped ring terminals on both ends. Then I cut off the battery terminal from the 2 other wires that were attached to the factory clamp, the ECU/Main fusible link and the alternator wire. I crimped ring terminals on the end of those, and attached them to the Power post pictured. I then replaced the ground wire with the same size 1 gauge welding cable and crimped ring terminals. That power post is available at West Marine. Yes, it comes with a cover, but I couldn't fit all the wires in the cover. I am redoing it shortly, so I left it exposed.
Now this is not totally necessary in your case, as your battery is still up front. Just wanted to show you what I did. What I recommend you do, is go get some of those bling-bling battery clamps from your local stereo shop, and clamp the 2 small wires to the battery clamp, and get a small piece of heavy gauge battery cable or welding cable and completely replace the starter wire and clamp it to the battery clamp.
Originally Posted by 92 Sinatra
My original cable clamps wore out. They were essentially two parallel brass loops that wrapped around the battery posts, and eventually those loops cracked & loosened up.
Right now I have generic replacement clamps on the cables. However, I hated to cut into the original cables (especially the positive one, where corrosion likes to take root). Also the little red plastic cover that used to snap over the post & clamp & fusible link connection on the positive side to prevent accidental short-circuits doesn't fit any more. When I have gone to auto parts places (including some really well-respected ones), they look it up & the catalogs say either "Buy matching length" or "Cut to fit."
And of course if you look at the split-loom cover on the positive cable, it appears that there are a number of branches off there. It doesn't seem to just bolt straight into the starter & leave it at that.
Has anyone else had to replace their battery cables?
Is there any way to really do it right without going to the dealership & paying their price?
Originally Posted by dkakridas
Hi, I have the same problem Don't want to pay the dealer $180 for a terminal. Were you able to resolve this. I am in Austin, TX as well. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Originally Posted by nastynissan
Lovely job man... Kinda like my setup....
I think these guys are looking for a Cheap, and Effective, Fix..
Here ya go.... $5 and 15min. Terminal end replacement.
From the Auto parts store (Prefferably NAPA)..........
2 QUALITY Repalcement terminals. I usually get the $2-3 ones. And has 2 bolts to clamp the wire with. Also get a Cheap battery terminal cleaner. Get a Soda while your on break, and an extra for later.....
From the toolbox...............
Either a Dremel w/cutoff or Heavy duty Wire cutters, Side cutters. Appropriate wrenches/sockets for Old and New terminals. Hammer or Large pliers.
Pull both Old terminal off battery. Neg is ALWAYS the FIRST to come off and LAST to go on! Take the bolt out of the Old terminal (might have to cut it out). Fold the terminal out semi-flat (open it). Youve now got something like this O====O-------. The O's are the bolt holes. On the end CLOSEST to the wire-----. Snip/cut off the Majority of the terminal, Leaving the 1 Bolt hole intact. Using either the hammer or pliers, Flatten the remainder of the terminal.
Take your New terminal out of the box... Unbolt the Wire clamping part. Run a bolt through the clamp, through the Freshly Flattened terminal end, and into your NEW terminal. Repeat as Necessary.
Take the Soda you bought and pour it on top of the Battery... YES! I mean whatever Carbonated Beverage you bought pour it on your battery!!! While your soda is eating the Acid off, use the Battery cleaner to clean the Battery terminals, Even the NEW wire terminals. Rinse with WATER.
Re-Attach Battery cables and Check your work.
Hope this helps.
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