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Old 05-10-2012, 04:11 AM   #1
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I took my battery terminals off to clean them and when I was tightening the negative side post, I noticed as it was getting tight and i gave it one last turn and then it started feeling loose again. So I retightened it and left it when it felt snug. Im sure it wont hold up for long. Will I need to get a new battery sence i might of over tightened it and it may become lose..
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Good chance you rotated the steel threaded insert inside the lead post. It may or may not hold. I would get a new battery just to be on the safe side.
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If you stripped the inside thread there is a chance you can drill it out, re-tap it, and either install a helicoil or use an oversize bolt on the terminal. If you spun the battery lead post within the plastic housing you probably need a new battery. If this is an older battery (5 years +) I would just get a new one.
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i've also been in this situation before, i got lucky and only killed the threads on the bolt, cost a whole $4 to replace both of them.
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I will try buying the new bolts first and then go with a new battery if neeeded..
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