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Old 01-29-2013, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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battery terminal help

I have to replace my passenger side battery, but the screws that are into the terminals are like sunk into the terminals. walmart said they couldnt get it with a wrench because they didnt want to break a post or something.

here is a picture.... any suggestions?




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Just take a small wood chisel and shave down the lead until you have full access to the nut. Or drill a hole down into the clamp so can take a pair of side cutters and cut the clamp off.
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I twisted and pulled both terminals off... I have thick wire and if I buy brand new terminals, doi just cut the wires and put them into the new terminals?
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BTW, I would not suggest replacing only one battery, the other will take the new one down. My buddy ignored my advice and replaced 1 only last summer on his 03 7.3L and we just replaced both of them this week..... If the other one is reasonable, it can be sold to recoup a few bucks.
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If you cut the cable get the military type terminal and use cable lugs instead of the clamp on style terminal.
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I got the terminals that you screw down the thick wire and then I take the ground and put s connector on it and screw that down with the other screw. I think these are the universal military ones.
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The military style have a bolt through both sides one is smaller and clamps the terminal on the post, the second is larger and holds the lugs to the terminal.
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is this right? and the ground goes into the yellow connector.. then place on the terminal.

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why can't you take that small wire and squish it in with the big one?
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