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Old 11-15-2012, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery Terminal Replacement

I've searched high and low since I started this two days ago....but now the jobs half done. Getting the battery out was well documented but running into a badly corroded and tore like tissue paper terminal connector was unexpected....

So I started to replace the positive battery terminal. So far I've cut off the old broke one and am left with the two wires. Not sure why positive has 2 wires but anyway.....So my next step is to install the new terminal. The one I got is one of those cheap universal but I'm going to go and get a better one.
This is what I have and am not going to use.



Does anyone have experience with this? ANy gotchas before I blow myself up? Do you know the gauge of the battery cable?


ANy input would be great! I think I'm going the right direction but want to make sure.






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Old 11-15-2012, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I got one of these for my daughter's Accord (the clamp version like you show). Put it on about a year ago, clamped over the old copper clamp piece still left on the cable (again, just like you show in the other photos from your car). Been perfectly fine ever since.

I was going to use the clamp version temporarily, as I couldn't find a solder-on type locally. But it's been no trouble, so I haven't bothered trying to get a solder type online. (Yet, at least.)
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I got these from Parts Express and have been very happy with them, they even have a place for the second wire, they are sold separately positive and negative, $10 for the pair
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmm, Well, I have cut the wire removing the copper and was just going to slap this puppy on after squishing the wires together but I've been reading that it doesn't conduct well.

But, I guess it's easy enough to remove if there is an issue....decisions decisions.. THanks for the reply, much appreciated.

Here is what is left
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I got these from Parts Express and have been very happy with them, they even have a place for the second wire, they are sold separately positive and negative, $10 for the pair

Hmm, I seen those too. I'm wondering if I should just replace them both....the negative isn't BAD but it's not great though. I'll have to see if there are any in the local parts stores here....thank ya
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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An old mechanics trick. When you are done putting the terminals back on the battery, coat them with Vaseline (or some such thing). This keeps the corrosion from attacking the terminals.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You should always apply a light coating of grease to battery terminals to inhibit formation of deposits and corrosion.

Put some dielectric grease (conductive) on the post before you install the new clamps.
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If I was replacing my negative terminal, I would get one with an on/off green switch like the one I saw at Walmart. Handy if you need to reset your cars ECM for some reason.
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Handy if you need to reset your cars ECM for some reason.
How often would you be resetting the ECM?
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Easier just to pull the fuse, anyway.
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TS,
Fuse.# please.
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Fuse.# please.
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RFM, dude!!

Sorry ... under-hood fuse box, fuses 42 & 43.
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I don't know what RFM is Dude.
But Thank you for your time posting those
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I place them in my files. If someone needs them
I will pass it on.
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I don't know what RFM is Dude.
But Thank you for your time posting those
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I place them in my files. If someone needs them
I will pass it on.
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RFM = Read (the) F. Manual -- sorry I couldn't resist.

But they are clearly marked in the list of fuses inside the fusebox lid.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:37 AM   #15 (permalink)
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How often would you be resetting the ECM?
Just one example of the need to pull the negative terminal of the battery. Various electrical mods require you pull the same terminal... winter storage. Quicker to turn a on/off switch beside the battery than pull fuses. $6.00 bucks at Walmart...
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