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post #1 of 11 Old 09-06-2010, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing battery terminals with pics

I replaced my battery terminals today. As you can see in the first picture they were bad especially the neg terminal. I bought a set of the clamp on terminals but be careful I bought ones that were too big and it would not hold the wires tight. In the pictures you will see the tool I used to cut the wires. I also used red loctite on the bolts that hold the wire in place and tightened it as tight as I could and wrapped some electrical tape around the wires. So far so good. Its a lot easier and cheaper than replacing the whole harness.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-06-2010, 01:53 PM
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Looks good! I had to do the same on my ZJ. I used marine-style terminals with a wing-nut on a vertical stud and large copper crimp-on lugs for the wires. It makes it easier down the road if you do any custom wiring work when you have a bolt (like you do) or a stud (like I do).


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Looks pretty good. Next time, though, use some shrink tube on it instead of electrical tape and it will look even cleaner

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Looks pretty good. Next time, though, use some shrink tube on it instead of electrical tape and it will look even cleaner
Yea I thought of that but I didn't have any on hand and didn't have time to get any.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-06-2010, 07:06 PM
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nice! Just wondering, how hard would it be to replace the cables instead of the ends? I know on Tauruses it's pretty easy. Never thought about it on a GC though.
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Looks good! I had to do the same on my ZJ. I used marine-style terminals with a wing-nut on a vertical stud and large copper crimp-on lugs for the wires. It makes it easier down the road if you do any custom wiring work when you have a bolt (like you do) or a stud (like I do).
What tool did you use to crimp them, could you just beat the lugs with a hammer? just solder them on? can you fit both factory cables into one lug on each side?
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I fit both cables into one lug per side. I think they were a 6-gauge copper lug I used. I actually used vice grips to crimp them. Right at the point that vice grips "clamp down" they put a surprising amount of force through the jaws. Crimp, tighten 1/2 turn, crimp, tighten, etc. I crimped down a little at a time until it was crimped as tight as it would go. This was one of the first repairs I did on the ZJ and it has held up fine ever since.


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post #8 of 11 Old 02-05-2014, 09:32 AM
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Bad battery cable lug

Thanks, looks great.
I just had the same problem, the lug on the positive cable came off from the cable, due to corrosion, do you know where can i find a replacement lug the hold the 2 cables (the positive cable on my grand cherokee 2000 LE haa 2 cables that go into the lug)
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-05-2014, 09:43 AM
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Any local auto parts store will have what you need over in the generic battery cable/battery terminal section. O'Reilly, Napa, and Autozone in my area all have an excellent selection of parts like this - I'd expect the same for you.


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Thanks Richard.
There is a Napa store 1 mile from my house, i will walk and get one, will bring the old one with me to compare.
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post #11 of 11 Old 02-05-2014, 11:16 AM
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I bought one of these to crimp my battery cables into the lugs. Worked perfectly, just a little awkward to set up since the battery cables aren't very long.

http://www.amazon.com/NOCO-D800-Hamm...=pd_sim_auto_4

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