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Old 12-23-2012, 04:22 PM   #21
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@ 160K on a stock alternator, just consider it preventative maintenance. It'd of gone out soon anyways.

Do check the "Hatch Wiring" though. It was my initial thought of why your problems started and I didn't see anyone mention it (odd).
I did see that in another thread somewhere. If you mean the rubber covering connecting the body to the hatch it appears perfect on the exterior. I agree on the alternator so while it may have went awhile I am glad it is out of the way. Thanks.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:22 PM   #22
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The external of it does bit matter, you need to pull back the boot and actually look at the wires. Good chance that they are broken in areas. Even with it fixed you should try to pull the boot off and take a look. Good luck.

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Old 12-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #23
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Will do. I noticed awhile back while doing the oil or timing belt that nearly all of the wire coverings underhood are either cracked or gone completely.
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Replacement batteries seem to have smaller diameter posts on them than the OEM battery - at least SEARS batteries do. This makes the battery terminal clamps a potential 'lose' fit.

The battery terminal bolt can be fully cranked down and you may still have a loose fit - especially if the terminal/post has been cleaned many times or excessively.

They make a battery post product that fits over the post to enlarge it for a better fit to the OEM terminal clamp. I don't know how well they work/fit but it might be easier than replacing the terminal clamps. It also may just be another point for corrosion to enter a connection - unseen.

Dielectric grease is always good for a battery connection to keep corrosion to a minimum.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:26 PM   #25
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I've never memorized which one but one post is always smaller by design, dunno why they do that..........
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So far it is fine.
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