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Unread 10-29-2007, 04:21 PM   #1
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Replacing battery cables

I have a 01 JGCL and my cables are in bad shape and I need to replace them. Does anyone have good instructions to get the job done? I know that cables are cheap and would rather not spend the labor charges. Thanks.

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Unread 10-29-2007, 04:58 PM   #2
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get a set of good ones. The go on just like the came off. Clean your battery terminal and put some protective terminal grease on them.
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Unread 10-29-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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can get a more detailed explanation about replacing battery cables? on my 04 the cables go off the terminals and then right into a bundle of wires that are taped together and in a plastic tube thingy. so how do i replace the cables? where do i hook them up or splice them in?

thanks, hope i'm not hijacking the thread.
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Unread 10-29-2007, 07:20 PM   #4
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Just curious, what do you guys do to your cables that they're in bad shape? Those vehicles are still new.
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Unread 10-29-2007, 07:30 PM   #5
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i just had some corrosion on the terminals and hook-ups. i cleaned them up fine, but the wires around the hook ups aren't in great shape. i figure if it's not too much hassle, i'd just put new ones in.
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Unread 10-29-2007, 08:53 PM   #6
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i just had some corrosion on the terminals and hook-ups. i cleaned them up fine, but the wires around the hook ups aren't in great shape. i figure if it's not too much hassle, i'd just put new ones in.
well, it depends on how you define hassle. I've changed out battery cables on other vehicles and while it's not the worst job ever I certainly avoid it if possible. Clean them up good and if you aren't having problems, don't fix what isn't broken
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Unread 10-29-2007, 11:27 PM   #7
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Mine were seized on to the post on the battery. I couldn't get them to open up any at all. Now (2 batteries later - don't ask) they don't want to clamp back down on the post. Has anyone replaced them on a WJ? I am planning on doing mine in the spring.
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Unread 10-29-2007, 11:40 PM   #8
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" " I also need to replace my positive terminal. It is flubbed to the max. I can barely get it clamped onto the post. I am going to be replacing my battery this weekend and I may do the cables too. Writeup??? Ah WTH I will make my own!
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Unread 10-30-2007, 06:43 AM   #9
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you can just replace the end if you want.
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Unread 10-30-2007, 08:40 AM   #10
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If the cables are in a bundle like my 04 I would cut off the ends and leave them in the bundle. There are two positive cables coming off the battery terminal. One goes to the under hood fuse/relay box and the other goes to the starter. If you cant find good replacements of the proper length you will have to get them made up. DON'T use the replacement battery ends that they sell in parts stores.
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Unread 10-30-2007, 09:20 AM   #11
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georged- you're suggesting that the best way to do it is to just cut off the terminal end and replace it, but not with a store bought replacement? where would you recommend someone find quality replacements for the cable ends? And how would you get a clean cut through the cable. that thing's so thick, i don't know what i could use to get through it.
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Unread 10-30-2007, 01:09 PM   #12
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you can just replace the end if you want.
I've searched and read some of the other threads on this question because the clamps are bad on my '98. Some people say you can just replace the clamps, others say that you'll never be able to re-establish an excellent connection.

If I was just going to replace clamps, what exactly is the procedure? And won't the cables be too short?
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Unread 10-30-2007, 01:57 PM   #13
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For clamps go to best buy or radioshack. You can get gold plated terminals intended for car audio that will suit needs the best. They have multiple holes so if you ever add lights or aftermarket speakers, the wire goes in and its not a problem. Ive installed them in plenty of cars before for car audio and never got a complaint. Should just be a matter of cutting the wire off the old one, stripping it a little more, and attaching it to the new one.
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Unread 10-30-2007, 02:01 PM   #14
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what do you use to cut the wires? that's a big bundle of wires...I don't think my needle-nose pliers can handle it.
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Unread 10-31-2007, 06:12 AM   #15
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georged- you're suggesting that the best way to do it is to just cut off the terminal end and replace it, but not with a store bought replacement? where would you recommend someone find quality replacements for the cable ends? And how would you get a clean cut through the cable. that thing's so thick, i don't know what i could use to get through it.
There are good quality store bought cables available, just go shopping. There are on-line stores that will make custom cables. A factory replacement is available, but you will have to pay the price. The replacement cable ends are only as good as the end that connects to the cable.
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