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How to Replace Battery Terminal 06-10 Ford Explorer

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  1. step : Fixing the Battery Terminal (1:16)
    • Insert the clamp over the wires
    • Crimp the clamp with a pair of groovelock pliers
    • Test the tightness
    • Apply electrical tape to the terminal

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2006 Ford Explorer.

We're going to show you how to replace a missing or loose battery terminal connection here. Ours happens to be on the ground side, but it's the same if you were to be doing it on the positive battery cable. Again, we're working on our 2006 Explorer, but this information is pretty universal to any crimp-on style battery connection. There are styles with bolts that will require different steps.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: 8mm–12mm socket, ratchet, electrical tape, groovelock pliers, and gloves.

Our battery clamp has come off of the negative battery cable here for our ground. You can see this was never crimped. Normally, these two ends should be folded in on each other to clamp around those wires and keep them connected. Somebody just taped this on at some point, so what we'll do is we'll carefully work our negative battery cable into the end of this clamp. Our battery clamp over the wires. It's all right if you don't get every strand in there, but the more you get, the better.

We use a pair of grooved jaw pliers. You want to grab half of this connection with the top. Put the other half of the pliers on the bottom. Fold it in. Then we'll do the same thing on the opposite side once that's down nice and tight. The goal is to try to get them to curl in a little at the bottom. That's what helps keep it on there nice and tight. Once you're confident you have a good, tight connection, we'll wrap a little bit of electrical tape on there, just as some added security and to try and keep moisture from getting in, and it looks a little bit nicer. Once you've got your connection on there nice and tight, we'll reinstall the terminal onto the battery.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Gloves
  • Electrical Tape

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket
  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 9mm Socket
  • 12mm Socket

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