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How do you change the positive battery cable?

My terminal is corroded, and the only way to get a new one is to replace the whole cable, I have the cable but not sure how to change it, or what tools are needed.

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One car owner did the whole thing, but never got back on to explaining the whole process

"to replace the whole stock oem cable is actually pretty intensive, it spiders off to the alternator, starter and the negative side is also apart of the assembly."

no wonder it costs $200 in labor alone at the local dealership

other owners did hack into and bolted together just the terminal end
as discussed in the following link on post #4 :

replace battery cable terminal FordFusionClub com The 1 Ford Fusion Forum

Posted on Apr 05, 2015

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Make sure to disconnect the Negative battery cable first. Then you can do pretty much anything without making a short. Leave negative wire disconnected and then go wire by wire on the harness if there are smaller wires in the loom. Use a lubricating product on the threads, both the lead and copper metals are soft and do not reef on battery terminal when wrenching the retaining nuts, Use a protectorant after you are done.

Posted on Apr 05, 2015

Testimonial: "can you reach it all from the top of the car? i need more specifics. not exactly a car person and the cable has lots of connection parts for electrical stuff."

  • fordexpert Apr 05, 2015

    This was built after I retired. Negative wire looks easy as it has convenient attaching post on drivers' side Firewall. There were many engines and transmissions for your Year car. Diagrams will not do justice for reality. Check with Ford about possible Warranty issue with this part. There are posts about reports to Virginia Regulatory Agency for this defect. Does not look like Owner friendly.

  • fordexpert Apr 06, 2015

    The replacement ends would solve many problems IF the part the Fusion Forum has will work with the Battery cover. Real Mechanics can also heat lead and join the connector.

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