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Old 05-12-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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While I was working on my car I noticed my terminals were a bit rusted, I can clean the negative cable with my dremel and a wire blush attachment.
The positive cable terminal however was so corroded that when I tried to tighten it up it cracked open.
I am trying to decide if I should go AC Delco and replace the full cable, or if I just get a cheap terminal end and cut the wires from the old terminal.
If I am better off just replacing the whole cable, then should I go AC Delco and get the original one my car came with, which is the one with the cover on the terminal?
Which is this part, for 53.00 shipped..
ACDELCO 88987141

AC Delco has a professional version, which pretty much looks like the OE cable, just minus the plastic cover over the terminal. It would cost me 44.00 shipped.
ACDELCO 4BC55

Or, would it be ok to just go with the cheaper cable from SMP? I can get this cable for 31.00 shipped.
STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS A554APP

I am all for saving money, even though I like to go with OE replacements as much as I can.
If cutting the wires from the ole terminal, and just using a standard terminal will suffice, then I'll go that route.
I see 2 ones that look like they may work, not sure if the 2 wires are too big for the terminal though, I see a 3-way terminal, no 2 way terminals though.

Amazon.com: NOCO TZKIT1 Lead-Free Top Post Zinc Battery Terminal Kit: Automotive Amazon.com: NOCO TZKIT1 Lead-Free Top Post Zinc Battery Terminal Kit: Automotive

I cannot link the 3 way version, but you can see it via the first link.

or

Amazon.com: ACDelco 3BA35 Professional Battery Cable Terminal: Automotive Amazon.com: ACDelco 3BA35 Professional Battery Cable Terminal: Automotive

Also, regardless of which terminal I get, how do you guys feel about using these?
Amazon.com: Road Power 989 Anti-Corrosion Fiber Washers, 2-Pack, 6 and 12-Volt: Automotive Amazon.com: Road Power 989 Anti-Corrosion Fiber Washers, 2-Pack, 6 and 12-Volt: Automotive

I already have one of these to clean my post off a bit, even though it is pretty clean.
Amazon.com: Schumacher BAF-B1 Terminal Cleaning Brush: Automotive Amazon.com: Schumacher BAF-B1 Terminal Cleaning Brush: Automotive
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:02 PM   #2
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Just seen these, they look cheap, but are said to work...
Not sure how I feel about going that cheap though..

Amazon.com: Deka 01056 Battery Terminal: Automotive Amazon.com: Deka 01056 Battery Terminal: Automotive
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Screw it, I went to Advance Auto and got a basic terminal, also got the corrosion resistant pads, and a small thing of grease for the terminals, spent under 8.00, so I treated myself to a Wendy'* Baconator, lol
I decided against the OE wire because I located where the one wire went to the fuse box, but I seen the other disappear into a wire loom, so I said screw it.
Good news is the car ran smoothly after all the work I have done to it recently.
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I almost did not have enough wire to hook up the new terminal, I wish I could have un-crimped the old terminal, but I had to cut the wire.
Under 8.00 terminal and it is good to go, covered the terminals with a little terminal grease and called it a day, starts up and batt voltage reads the same as it did before.
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mmmmm Baconator did you get a root beer too?
Glad you got a new terminal installed.
Was a brass terminal available? Brass are really good quality!
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Baconator, fries, and a Sprite, I had Rootbeer at home.

I did not see a brass one, if this one ever has issues I'll get a brass one, I put a lot of terminal grease on the terminals, and used the anti-corrosion pads underneath them..
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