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Old 02-23-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default Battery leads - or why I will die in a Bonneville

Can someone explain why the positive battery leads on a 96 SE have TWO terminal heads, and a short bolt to tighten into the battery???? At least twice in the last year these have loosened while driving to the point of completely shutting off everything in the car. I have them tightened down to the point that if they are tightened further I will strip the bolt head.

What concerns me is that both times I have been on the highway, doing around 85 (knowing the speed limit in CO is 75) when they wiggle slightly and EVERYTHING goes dead, both times have been at night, and everything instantly goes black with zero power.

I have been able to somehow ditch alongside the road each time without harming myself or the car. I can only image it happening while trying to pass a semi or something. Because the bolt itself appears to be built into one of the leads, its not like I can put a longer bolt in there. The sad part is, once I ditch the car, I pop the hood and slightly change the angle on the positive lead and I am good to go again. Anyone else have this problem? Anyone know of any aftermarket longer leads that would be a good solution to this problem? Solutions are sincerely appreciated.
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I've had mine loosen up as well. My fix is to check it and clean it twice a year.
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