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post #1 of 15 Old 11-26-2012, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Turn Key...and...Nothing! Loose battery connection

My ground battery cable has a loose connection around the battery terminal. The clamp is screwed in as tight as it can go, but I can still grab the clamp and slip it off of the battery post. This loose connection, now that cold weather has come into play, means that when I go out in the morning and turn they key, nothing happens. If I pop the hood, wiggle the ground clamp a little bit, and turn they key, it starts fine.

Has anyone else ever experienced this? Either the battery post shrinks or the clamp got bigger. I'm assuming the cold weather has caused some sort of material contraction and thus the weak connection...

Obviously, I just told you what the problem is...but I am curious if anyone has had this before and what you did to fix it...seems the stock battery clamps should be able to work...


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Saying the OEM battery cable ends, especially the ground, are crap would be generous. It's on my list to replace them but the OEM cable ends are a really, really bad design.

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Loosen the clamp, bend a penny on the same radius as the clamp, put the penny in between the post and the clamp. Temporary fix that works long term if needed.
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if you go to advance auto or somewhere like that they sell these lead things that look like a thimble that goes over your battery terminal to make it bigger. I had to put one on the xterra last year. It was only about a dollar or so and has done the job so far.

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new battery clamp. replaced mine at the evil empire [Wal Mart]. Any auto parts store too.
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Bottle caps Lol jk. On a more serious note though the best solution is to just replace the battery cables.

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good to know guys...thanks! I will pick up a new clamp this week!


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Loosen the clamp, bend a penny on the same radius as the clamp, put the penny in between the post and the clamp. Temporary fix that works long term if needed.
My first car was a 1982 ford exp. The positive battery cable on it would fall off while I was driving if I went to fast around curves(least of that cars problems). I broke the tab off the top of a can of dr. pepper and wedged it in and tightened it up. After I got a new car my dad drove it for a couple of years like that and never had any problems. And unlike a penny i wont cause corrosion on the terminal.

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My first car was a 1982 ford exp. The positive battery cable on it would fall off while I was driving if I went to fast around curves(least of that cars problems). I broke the tab off the top of a can of dr. pepper and wedged it in and tightened it up. After I got a new car my dad drove it for a couple of years like that and never had any problems. And unlike a penny i wont cause corrosion on the terminal.
Lol yeah I've honestly had a penny in the clamp on my spec v for a year and a half no problems lol just haven't gotten around to changing the clamp
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Good call on the can tab...I have a few miller lites in the fridge....hmmmmm



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