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post #11 of 19 Old 11-27-2012, 09:47 AM
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Pretty common problem, when putting on the new end be sure to slather that baby in dielectric grease.

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So I had this very same problem, this was after my battery died (checked it at Autozone and determined it doesn't charge anymore). When I placed the new battery the negative terminal was pretty loose, fully tighten up, I put a piece of aluminum to make it tight, the positive was also loose but you can just simply replace it with a brass spare by removing one bolt. the negative however is crimped to the cable you have to do cut it, strip the cable and apply a crimping terminal and voila.

I agree on the bad design from OEM, both terminals only make contact with the post like 50% of the surface, anything happens and it won't make good contact anymore.
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i found mines got a small nail driven between the clamp and post.... I agree factory clamps are a bit iffy ....

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I replaced the positive with one of these
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Metra-R4BTRT...item35cd91c481

(not gold plated) still trying to find one good for the negative, perhaps I'll just cut it and use one of these http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sound-Quest-...item3a83d9dbc7
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You can wrap a sleeve of any conductive metal around the battery post, and go that way indefinitely. Cheap solution that works.

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2002 Xterra - No cranking (new battery)

My 2002 Nissan Xterra needed to be jump-started regularly. I replaced the battery and seemed to solve the problem temporarily. Now, I tried to start the truck and turn the key and I don't even hear it cranking or clicking. I tried jump-starting it and had no luck what-so-ever. The battery cables are as tight as I can make them but are still a little loose and can be turned.

Does it sound like the battery cables need to be replaced or cleaned?

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Yes the OEM clamps are cheap not very good.

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The neg. Cable end will be loose if over-tighted. They can be re-shaped to avoid replacement.
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I ended up with a replacement negative battery cable 15" long from Auto Zone. The clamp was much tighter on the battery post, and I ran it down to the stock grounding location under the power steering reservoir. There is a nut welded to the bottom of the fender and I used a bolt to clamp it down, along with the other ground strap that goes to the engine.

Also got a replacement positive clamp of amazon.

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