Where the >>BLEEP<< can I get decent battery terminals??
As you may have noticed I have been chasing electrical issues in my rig for some time now. The last was a 'No Crank' condition which I 'think' I resolved with dedicated grounds on the starting system components.
HOWEVER, when I finally go the rig to crank it seemed to crank a tad slow.
I assumed this was due to some nasty battery cable terminals.
I replaced them with some I picked up at the local Big Box store and even with the ground terminal tightened to the point that it was completely closed up, I could still wiggle the cable off.
So where can I get some 'decent' battery terminal ends so this thing doesn't sit another entire summer????
Read the pinned topic JeepHammer post on electronics 101 if you get the chance. It's really good.
I buy all my electrical terminals from wyotech. I don't have the link but they should pop right up in a web search.
... even with the ground terminal tightened to the point that it was completely closed up, I could still wiggle the cable off.
It sounds like you got a couple of "universal" type replacement ends at the store. It is not unusual to have trouble getting those to get a good grip on the negative terminal, since it is smaller. Before you go ordering online, go back to the store (or another store if you prefer), and ask for a pair of terminals, one positive and one negative. I don't know about the big box stores, but I do know that we keep them. Ours are in a box in the back (just the way they come), and they do cost a little more than the universals.
Be warned, the weekend moonlight parts flunkie will probably try to convince you that the universals will work, but now you know better. Explain the situation, and ask for the better ones. And don't be afraid to walk out.
My PO changed over to a battery with side posts that screw in vs the regular top posts and that's one of the few "upgrades" that I kept. We won't discuss the wooden shelf he built on the inside of the fender to set the battery on without holding it down at all. Only problem I have had was the wonderful Walmart employees that said a battery with side posts would never work in my jeep because the book didn't specify that battery.
I got mine at advanced auto parts...they are tool-less and you lift the arm up, tighten the thumb screw, and close the arm again with clamps around the post...they work pretty well and solved my battery draining issue i had with a loose negative terminal.
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