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Automotive How - To Crimp a Terminal Onto The End of a Wire

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  1. step : Crimping a Wire (0:04)
    • Strip the coating off the end of the wire with the wiring pliers
    • Fold the wire onto itself
    • Put the terminal into your wiring pliers
    • Squeeze the terminal onto the wire with the wiring pliers
    • Pull on the terminal to test the fit

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First, you want to determine where you're going to route the wire to. This is going to be my ground wire and so I ground it right to a metal piece of my dash where there's a screw, so I can put a terminal on it where the screw can go through and then that's the next thing. Choose the correct terminal. You want it to do what you need it to do. In this case, I want to put a screw through it, so it's an eye-terminal. There are all kinds of different terminals, and then also you want to have the right size for the wire. This is a very small wire because it's an LED and this is the smallest gauge I can get as far as the terminal.

Now you want to have the right tool, okay. These are wiring pliers. The first thing you want to do is strip a little bit of the end off and I can hardly do it because the wiring again is a little small, so I'm going to have to go a little bit of an alternate way. I'm just trying to cut through the casing a little bit, and then pull the casing off. There's my wire exposed, I'm going to twist it because it's a stranded wire, and because my terminal is a little bit big, I'm going to actually fold it over on itself.

Then, you want to take your terminal, and put it in the crimping jaws. Make sure the crimping jaws are right over the metal part. You don't want to just crimp the plastic here, there's metal inside there, so you want to see the metal. Put your wire in so you make sure that the wire is all the way into the metal terminal. Then, squeeze. Use the sharp or the pointed part of your crimp to really bear down. Test it, pull it, don't pull it really hard, but make sure you've got a good tight crimp on there. Now you can see we have a good tight ground, that wire in the terminal and it's screwed in to the metal.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Wire End Cutters


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