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Old 04-10-2019, 12:22 PM   #1
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Where to find battery terminal replacements

I need to replace my terminals because there are some serious wiring issues and they are just old. I have a 1998 Ford E350 and the photos are what I currently have. I'm wondering where to find online replacements for these as I'm not having luck.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:50 PM   #2
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I need to replace my terminals because there are some serious wiring issues and they are just old. I have a 1998 Ford E350 and the photos are what I currently have. I'm wondering where to find online replacements for these as I'm not having luck.
any automotive supply store will have them
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:47 PM   #3
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For bigger guage cables you will need to look at medium/heavy duty truck parts stores.
Try HUNNINGS truck or CANADY'S truck and see if you can find part numbers to reference when you go back to the WWW..
Or go to ford and get a part number to reference
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I was looking for lugs for heavy-gauge wiring. For just a lug for an F350 starter battery, you can probably go just about anywhere.

Locally, I found some heavy duty lugs at Batteries and Bulbs (outrageously expensive), ABS Alaska (solar power store), the electrical parts suppliers, and one of the 5 local hardware stores.

Where I didn't find heavy duty lugs:
Home Depot and Lowe's, the other 4 local hardware stores, or any of the auto parts stores (including ones that claimed they were for "cars and trucks").

Where I didn't look:
There are couple truck-only parts stores that cater to big rigs. They'd probably carry them too.

They also sell on Amazon and other websites, but the price can be quite high because of shipping. Be aware that the lugs I bought require a crimp tool, and I used bolt cutters to cut the wires to the right length. Also, I destroyed two of the lugs during install and had to go back to the store.
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Old 04-11-2019, 02:24 PM   #5
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I was looking for lugs for heavy-gauge wiring. For just a lug for an F350 starter battery, you can probably go just about anywhere.

Locally, I found some heavy duty lugs at Batteries and Bulbs (outrageously expensive), ABS Alaska (solar power store), the electrical parts suppliers, and one of the 5 local hardware stores.

Where I didn't find heavy duty lugs:
Home Depot and Lowe's, the other 4 local hardware stores, or any of the auto parts stores (including ones that claimed they were for "cars and trucks").

Where I didn't look:
There are couple truck-only parts stores that cater to big rigs. They'd probably carry them too.

They also sell on Amazon and other websites, but the price can be quite high because of shipping. Be aware that the lugs I bought require a crimp tool, and I used bolt cutters to cut the wires to the right length. Also, I destroyed two of the lugs during install and had to go back to the store.
If you join Amazon Prime if you shop there much, you won't pay shipping. I can't remember paying shipping on anything from Amazon and they deliver quickly.
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:41 PM   #6
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If you join Amazon Prime if you shop there much, you won't pay shipping. I can't remember paying shipping on anything from Amazon and they deliver quickly.
You don't pay a separate shipping charge, because it is already included in the price. Certain items are more expensive on Amazon - this was one of them (except at Batteries and Bulbs, which had a 1000% markup compared to anyone else).

Amazon is amazing for Alaska, but shipping is 5-10 days here instead of 2. Hawaii is probably similar.
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Getting the lugs themselves is the easy bit. How are you going to attach them to the cable? Yes, I know that the hammer-type crimpers (and I use that term very reservedly) will work, sort-of, but they do a lousy job, and proper circumferential crimpers like the FTZ or Greenlee are not cheap. I suggest finding someone, ideally a marine battery supplier, who can properly crimp the lugs on for you, then if you've got good tinned closed-end lugs correctly crimped onto the cables and protected with good heatshrink you'll never have cable problems ever again.

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