Mini-van battery cables

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Doug, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Doug

    Doug Guest

    On my 2002 Caravan and a friend's 1996 T&C, the lead battery cable
    clamps need replacing. The cables are too short to use an aftermarket
    clamp-on-wire type replacement battery clamp. It's ridiculous that on
    both of these vehicles, they didn't use cables that are an inch or two

    The service manual and the dealer states that in such cases the whole
    battery wiring harness needs to be replaced. I find it hard to believe
    that no service kits or work arounds are available.

    As a worse case repair, I'll cut and splice the cable but wonder if
    there is a better procedure.

    Anyone else run into this?

    Doug, Apr 5, 2008
  2. Doug

    maxpower Guest

    That comes from lack of service. You have to service the battery now and
    then. You can cut off the old formed terminal and still be able to install
    those after market lead terminals. You may have to separate the cables from
    the bundle and pull them up. It will work

    Glenn Beasley
    Chrysler Tech
    maxpower, Apr 5, 2008
  3. Doug

    Bob AZ Guest


    Had the same problem with my 2001 RAM pickup. Just bought a substitute
    cable from Checker and went around the cable bundle. Someday when I
    get some time I will splice it in on the battery end and hook up the
    original. However I do have a nice crimper that will make great
    splices that should be no problem.

    The dealer service person caught this and was not able to figure out
    why it worked. Without a doubt he was not a Glen Beasley.

    Bob AZ
    Bob AZ, Apr 6, 2008
  4. Doug

    Doug Guest

    Glenn, thanks for your input but it wasn't really from a lack of
    service. The lead clamps simply cracked after being removed, bolted on
    and tightened quite a few times over the life of the vehicles. It was
    not a matter of corrosion.

    Separate the bundle? I'll try - that's looks to be quite an ordeal in
    terms of accessability on the '96.

    Doug, Apr 8, 2008
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