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Old 03-19-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Thumbs up [FIX] Broke a bolt on the battery terminals and dont want to replace the whole thing? heres a solution

I over torqued the bolt on one side of my battery terminal and it snapped off. Ford doest sell just the T bolt part and you have to buy the entire negative side of the the terminal to get that part. I did some research and some BMWs use the same T bolt style so I took a chance and ordered one off ebay. It works perfectly! If this happens to you in the mean time while you wait for a replacement you can still drive your car by carefully using a strong hose clamp to hold the terminal in place. Hope i could help save some money for some people its about $9.99 vs about $100 at the dealer. One side will use a different sized ratchet to get it off but it operates exactly the same as the OEM and even has a better locking nut.

the part i used was called "BMW Battery Terminal Cable "T" Bolt with Lock Nut 61128373946T"
and i got it off ebay
BMW Battery Terminal Cable "T" Bolt with Lock Nut 61128373946T | eBay


broken with ghetto repair lol


Replacement part


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should contact seller get them to change there application for others
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Common easy to find complete universal battery terminal, cheaper ($4) than that and it dumps that absolutely horrible clamp type too, they slip WAY to easy to make hard to find electrical issues.

A little more work for way more dependability in the future.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...ttery+terminal
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Good find for those that don't have a JY in a reasonable distance. I remembered to grab a spare one day when I was there.

If the terminal doesn't want to bite hard on the post then putting a piece of tin between the T-clamp and terminal should make it tighter.
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Common easy to find complete universal battery terminal, cheaper ($4) than that and it dumps that absolutely horrible clamp type too, they slip WAY to easy to make hard to find electrical issues.

A little more work for way more dependability in the future.

Super Start SK7001 - Battery Terminal | O'Reilly Auto Parts
This is an even better fix but not everyone has wire cutters that can snip off the stock battery terminal
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Could have afforded those as well and still been under $10.

Not having the most basic of tools seriously flaws any ideas of do-it-yourself repair. You DO get that right? Harbor Freight you can buy those cutters for like $4. Don't work on car if you are not going to 'tool up' for it, you will be breaking far more stuff than you fix, and I'm not nearly talking about having a dealer tool set, only basic commonly owned handtools. Cutters are one of those.

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Could have afforded those as well and still been under $10.

Not having the most basic of tools seriously flaws any ideas of do-it-yourself repair. You DO get that right? Harbor Freight you can buy those cutters for like $4. Don't work on car if you are not going to 'tool up' for it, you will be breaking far more stuff than you fix, and I'm not nearly talking about having a dealer tool set, only basic commonly owned handtools. Cutters are one of those.

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While those diagonal cutters are nice, I have found if you are trying to cut through more than 3-4 wires at a time they struggle.

Harbor Freight does have a solution for that though Harbor Freight 10" cable cutters. They will cut though a whole harness without any effort, and would probably work on heavy gauge copper wire without any issues (HF says up to 7/8").
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Could have afforded those as well and still been under $10.

Not having the most basic of tools seriously flaws any ideas of do-it-yourself repair. You DO get that right? Harbor Freight you can buy those cutters for like $4. Don't work on car if you are not going to 'tool up' for it, you will be breaking far more stuff than you fix, and I'm not nearly talking about having a dealer tool set, only basic commonly owned handtools. Cutters are one of those.

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Willing to tool up but would rather not mess around with electronics as much as i can as well!
Edit: would like to keep an OEM look too because I might sell the car soonish
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