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Old 11-06-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Are these cables still usable?

Are these cables still usable? Or can anyone show me where i can get new "tips" to these cables.

I understand the Stealership wants 40$ for the Jump Post to Starter cable
And 20$ for the Starter to Alternator cable.

Heres a few pictures of the cables.

PS: Who's gunna be the first smart ass to comment on me taking a picture of my alternator nut? Driving on the highway in the rain...
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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Those should be usable, but for the money, I'd just replace them. You'd pay more than $60 to get the ends and crimpers to replace them properly. At that point, you should just make new cables with 4AWG (or bigger) high strand-count wire...more $$.

1. Clean with a wire brush, heat shrink or tape over exposed connections in first pic, replace cables. Obviously you need a new alternator nut.
2. Replace wires, and don't have to worry about it.

What is the grease for?
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #3
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Those cables are perfectly usable(unless they are fraying internally). Probably a little bit of sandpaper/steel wool on the connectors would do good.

You can just buy the connectors at any auto store or hardware stores too, if you want to change the connectors for the peace of mind.

PS: Alternator nut pic is great. lol.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Those should be usable, but for the money, I'd just replace them. You'd pay more than $60 to get the ends and crimpers to replace them properly. At that point, you should just make new cables with 4AWG (or bigger) high strand-count wire...more $$.

1. Clean with a wire brush, heat shrink or tape over exposed connections in first pic, replace cables. Obviously you need a new alternator nut.
2. Replace wires, and don't have to worry about it.

What is the grease for?
From what i was told, it was useful for preventing future corrosion after using a wirebrush on the cables tips. I havn't used it yet but maybe someone here would be like "wtf? What retard told you that" lol

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A common use of dielectric grease is in high-voltage connections associated with gasoline engine spark plugs. The grease is applied to the rubber boot of the plug wire. This helps the rubber boot slide onto the ceramic insulator of the plug. The grease also acts to seal the rubber boot, while at the same time preventing the rubber from becoming stuck to the ceramic. Generally spark plugs are located in areas of high temperature, and the grease is formulated to withstand the temperature range expected. It can be applied to the actual contact as well, because the contact pressure is sufficient to penetrate the grease. Doing so on such high pressure contact surfaces has the advantage of sealing the contact area against corrosion.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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I wouldn't use anything, personally. Odds are it wouldn't hurt, but grease does attract dirt, and likely isn't as conductive as a dry connection.
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