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Unread 01-26-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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5.2L Positive Battery Cables

I'm in the middle of doing some work on my Dad's 95 Grand Cherokee Laredo with 5.2L V8 engine. The positive battery cables are falling apart and completely corroded with green mold, and need to get replaced because they are causing the truck to occasionally not start.

Does anyone know where I can source OEM battery cables? I'm lazy and would prefer not to build them myself, I would rather have something I could just bolt on. I tried all the usual websites and parts stores I use, but no one seems to have this cable available. My local dealer is not open until Monday, so I'm not sure if they are still available through Chrysler, but I will try that on Monday.

If anyone has replaced these cables and could offer some advice on where to find them, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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Unread 01-26-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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Here is the assembly
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Unread 01-26-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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I got mine from Kolak for far less than that. send him a pm on the boards, tell him yr, make, engine and he can get you a quote.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Wow, $200 is kind of more than I was hoping to spend. I will PM Kolak. Thanks!
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Unread 01-26-2013, 10:54 PM   #5
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Its the cables that need replaced and not just the terminals? If its the terminals its really cheap and pretty much any will do
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Unread 01-26-2013, 11:04 PM   #6
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Btw, its not mold. Its corroded copper. As a temp fix I was able to trim a little bit of the wires back to non-corroded copper and put new terminals on it. After a couple months the wire started fraying and corroding again. Thats when I decided to get the new harness. The harness itself goes from battery to alt, pdc, chassis ground, and starter. Took me about an hour to install it.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 11:08 PM   #7
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Why not just clean the corrosion off instead of replacing?
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Unread 01-27-2013, 01:45 AM   #8
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Why not just clean the corrosion off instead of replacing?
Because, unless you catch it quickly, the corrosion becomes intrusive and you won't be able to get all of it.

If you don't get all of it, it will continue.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 07:42 AM   #9
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5-90 is right, the corrosion can occur within the spiral wrapped strands of the cable and is impossible to get out without taking the jacket off and untwisting the cable, which is impractical. It can be corroded underneath the jacket and you won't know it by looking at it.

The the fit and crimp style terminal is more reliable
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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:36 AM   #10
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Makes alot of sense, I guess I've always caught it before it got that far
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Unread 01-28-2013, 12:36 PM   #11
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The corrosion has spread too far. My dad has already cut the cable back several times and put new terminals on. Now the cables are shorter than they should be, and the corrosion goes all the way through the cable, not just at the end near the terminal. They definitely need to be replaced.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 03:31 AM   #12
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Even the new mopar cable will have a gap area of sorts between the insulation and the lead terminal. Get some liquid electrical tape and paint that area generously and it will slow that happening to your new cable.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 04:01 AM   #13
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A little input while we're on the subject of battery cables for the 5.2 from my experience.
I pulled the dipstick one day to check my oil and it came into contact with the pos. terminal and obliverated my dipstick, it was something that I will never forget, I'm scarred for life.
My pos. is now wrappedin a nice big rubber boot, take notice it's right there in very close proxie to the dipstick as you pull it out, I don't think I have the wrong battery orientation?
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Unread 01-29-2013, 07:26 AM   #14
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I don't think I have the wrong battery orientation?
Not unless I do to lol. Positive post closer to the engine
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