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Old 10-27-2005, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Battery cables, '99 SLE. Dealer part only?

I need to replace the positive battery cables on my '99 SLE. Am I going to get a GM reaming to do this job or does someone make decent aftermarket parts?

Anybody got parts numbers for both factory and any replacement?
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Junkyard isn't an option? You may as well check to see if there are any good pieces in a local yard. Doesn't hurt to look!
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Nah. I figure any junkyard cable is going to be just as crappy as mine. If I'm going to have to crawl under the car, I don't mind spending a few bux to get it right.
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Positive, 96-99 non-supercharged:
Quote:
GM PART # 12157211
CATEGORY: Positive Battery Cable
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $70.43
OUR PRICE: $35.22
DESCRIPTION: CABLE
Negative 98-99 non supercharged:
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GM PART # 12157212
CATEGORY: Negative Battery Cable
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $31.60
OUR PRICE: $15.80
DESCRIPTION: CABLE
www.gmpartsdirect.com
I suggest doing both if you're going to do one.
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have you tried looking around your generic parts stores, like autozone and stuff?

EDIT: just checked autozone'* website, appearantly they dont have anything
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NAPA has them. I did a search and found 2 for the positive. They didn't have a negative listed

Postive - http://www.napaonline.com/cgi-bin/nc...grpid=55680590

http://www.napaonline.com/cgi-bin/nc...grpid=55680599
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**** for those prices I would be buying 2ga audio wire and making my own!
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For OE parts, those arent bad prices at all.
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Default Update: '99 SLE battery cable. Easy repair!

Update: The positive cable comes apart! I tugged at the red insulator portion and was able to disassemble the parts.

The connector to the positive wire is a flat metal piece that is sandwched between two odd-shaped, conical washers. it was extremely corroded, so I used a wire brush and my cordless drill to brighten it up.

I then used a wire brush on my bench grinder to clean the corrosion off the conical washers, reassembled, and it'* as good as new.
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Default Re: Update: '99 SLE battery cable. Easy repair!

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Update: The positive cable comes apart! I tugged at the red insulator portion and was able to disassemble the parts.

The connector to the positive wire is a flat metal piece that is sandwched between two odd-shaped, conical washers. it was extremely corroded, so I used a wire brush and my cordless drill to brighten it up.

I then used a wire brush on my bench grinder to clean the corrosion off the conical washers, reassembled, and it'* as good as new.
Might look that way on the outside, but what kind of corrosion is working it'* way through the actual cable?

Just measure the cables for length, and head to your local parts store. A cable is pretty much a cable. One of the few things are cars these days that are an "industry standard". Heck, even WalMart carries a pretty good selection.

Or, as mentioned before, get some monster sized audio cables and make your own. Bigger the cable, lower the resistance.
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