After years of driving around without a proper battery holder, the original negative cable finally gave out, forcing us to replace it with a slightly longer one. For several days the truck would not start after school, and it wasn’t until I attempted to pull it into the garage for routine fluid checks that I realized something had to be done. Up until then, we held it in place by placing empty plastic bottles between the batter and the frame. This was a dangerous set up because we also had to tape the frame with electrical tape in case the battery slid too far toward the frame.

Why didn’t we fix it years ago? This is a good question, and we really have no good answer other than being lazy. So now that we have our dirty laundry in the open, let’s move on to the replacement. All in all I have to say this was the easiest and quickest repair all year.

Tools needed:

  • 1/2 inch open end wrench for new negative terminal cable
  • 12 mm socket for grounding bold onto frame and engine block
  • Wire crimper
  • Spare wire
Negative battery cable

Below is an image of the standard negative battery cable from Even with their sale, the cost is significant when you compare to even the local auto parts box stores.

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