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Old 09-07-2017, 06:37 PM
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Negative Battery Cable

Recently purchased a 2015 Rubicon and discovered the negative Battery cable bolt is snapped and I don't believe the bolt is replaceable, best quick fixes? Thanks.

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Old 09-07-2017, 06:58 PM   #2
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you can go to an autoparts store and buy a universal battery terminal

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Any recommendations on a universal that has dedicated connection points for accessories like the stock?
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You may have to go to the dealership to get one. If there is a junkyard near you that would have some recent model Jeeps, you could get one there.

Of course if you disconnect the positive cable and then negative cable, you may find the thing is a simple carriage bolt with a round head on the bottom and a square shoulder.

This one is a little different design, but looks like it would work.
https://www.amazon.com/Nissan-24340-...nal+connectors

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-Top-Pos...qwU&vxp=mtrAnd another that would work. Closer the the old school clamp design:
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In the picture there is also a small bracket missing that a special nut with a cone shaped base causes the terminal to get tight. I just need that special nut otherwise the terminal will not tighten. Today I start the search. The neg cables are soldered to the terminal making it difficult to change. Thank you FCA for the PITA.
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Would something like this work as a replacement ?
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The large black cables are soldered to the entire neg post treminal. All I need is the stupid little special nut.
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OK fixed it. Dealer, no luck, and no luck at fastner store. So, what we need is a cone shape washer really. Went to hardware store and got a solid brass #12 or 14 would work Phillips head wood screw. It has a cone shape seat. Drilled a 6mm hole down the head till it poped off. there is your cone shaped washer to put under the nut that will tighten the terminal to the post. The only way to get that nut from the dealer is to buy the terminal and the wires connected to it,, $507.
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So my local dealer claims they can replace the negetive terminal and just the terminal is available through warranty. I did view in their system that it does show it covered under warranty.

The dealer I purchased from and SOLD the certified jeep with the broken terminal stated you need to replace the terminal and wire. They also want to imply I broke the terminal within 24 hours of purchase. (14k miles on a certified Rubicon, didn't think I needed to check every bolt).

I will find out this morning as it going in for the terminal, state inspection (bought from out of state dealer), etc.

Hopefully all goes well before I have to go wrestle the selling dealer!
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why not just have your local dealer replace via the warranty then instead of fighting with the selling dealer?
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I just bought a set from Amazon that will work. These are rather cheaply made but then again they're as good of quality as the OEM junk. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old Syko - those look like they would clamp on a lot better.
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Old Syko - those look like they would clamp on a lot better.
The best thing I see about them is that once they get to the point they don't want to tighten up right you can take off the red and black plastic and get some more. I see guys adding shims to the lugs with the OEM clamps and that just seems to be a bad idea to me.
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The OE clamps are ridiculous... I heard my starter clicking a few times because the clamps loosen over time. I had to tap the clamps down on the battery posts using a socket to get enough clamping pressure.

It's beyond me Quadratec or some other Jeep supplier hasn't developed a better replacement battery clamp for the JK.

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AND ------ PLEASE do tell us what dealer is giving you the run-around. If they are in my local area, I sure want to know who to avoid buying anything from.

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There are some really good terminals available with multiple connect points but they all require the removal of eyelet connectors from the cables. This leaves the ends more exposed which leads to more corrosion which is as bad a deal as a loose connection.


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My local dealer replaced with a universal, not the OEM so no accessory terminal.

They also couldn't complete my PA inspection, as the emissions wouldn't register after disconnection of the battery and computer needs to reset.

... so i dropped back off at my local dealer and they said they will properly replace with OEM, so I have my accessory point and finish the state inspection. If I decide to change on my own, that is a different story. They also inhereted the selling dealers issue which I appreciate (once complete).

The selling dealer who implied I broke the terminal within 24 hours of purchasing as certified is at the jersey shore. I'll leave it at that.
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This is the way to go. Those stock clamps are junk. https://www.quadratec.com/products/1...IaAvdKEALw_wcB
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This is the way to go. Those stock clamps are junk. https://www.quadratec.com/products/1...IaAvdKEALw_wcB
I've been using these for a couple of years without any problems. I have several ascessories (sPOD, ARB air compressor, winch) rmounted on my battery and I've been happy with them.
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Wish I saw these before! Dealer is already in process of changing the full harness (time consuming job).

These are def my back up option for the first.

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