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#1 Old 01-20-2009, 10:28 AM
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Cant tighten battery terminal cable to post

I keep having a problem with my negative battery terminal. No matter what I do I can to tighten the cable to get a tight fit. Can you but lead sleeves or something to go over the terminal post? I get power to my car and can run the radio, lights and everything but it wont start unless you get out and giggle the cable! I heard that you can replace the post but this is a OEM battery and I don't see anything that looks like it unscrews or comes off.

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Can't you just use some large pliers to "adjust" the post? The negative terminal & the foot of wire that attaches it to the body are cheap to replace if you break it.

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Can't you just use some large pliers to "adjust" the post? The negative terminal & the foot of wire that attaches it to the body are cheap to replace if you break it.
To adjust do you mean squeeze or smash the post to deform it?

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To adjust do you mean squeeze or smash the post to deform it?
i think that is what he is talking about.

you can always go get some new posts at napa or autozone and its like 4 bucks for the pair. if you ask them if you can have a couple tools to do this really quick, most will let you do it right there.

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Why don't you try a new wire? it's really cheap and easier to replace. and you can get the right size that fits your post.

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I had the SAME problem. My negative terminal was fully tightened, but not 100% making contact with the post. somtimes it would refuse to start after sitting over night, i would have to shake the terminal a few times and it would start right up.

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Can't you just use some large pliers to "adjust" the post? The negative terminal & the foot of wire that attaches it to the body are cheap to replace if you break it.
Two words: Vice Grips.

put the terminal on the post, tighten fully. Squeeze the "ring" terminal together with the vice grips, tighten it down some more. pull on it to make sure its snug. done

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The correct solution to this problem is to replace your terminal clamps, as they're obviously worn out.

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Put a screw between at the spot where the clamp meets to the cable, worked for me for the last 2 years.

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this crap happens to my positive clamp. robse i'm gonna have to give ur method a try.

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To adjust do you mean squeeze or smash the post to deform it?
Yep, like duder said, make with the vice grips. Honestly, replacing mine didn't take a half hour (+ i cleaned off the metal piece it screws into for a better ground).

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Honestly, I just tighten them down as far as they go then I give them a twist and I have no problem with them coming loose. I never have to loosen my terminal's when removing my battery because I just twist them the opposite way and they come loose. I do have to agree with Leusent about the proper solution.
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The correct solution to this problem is to replace your terminal clamps, as they're obviously worn out.
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+1. Easy, cheap, and better quality for 100% fixed status. The only pain is getting the old one off the wire.

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+1. Easy, cheap, and better quality for 100% fixed status. The only pain is getting the old one off the wire.
10 seconds. what pain? its harder to change oil than to change the clamps. the tricky part is getting the wire into the new post without poking the crap out of yourself.

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werd, this is a 5 min job with a large pair of snips or cable cutter, a blade, and a screw driver.

clip, strip, and clamp

thats where its at baby
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