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I removed the battery the other day, and I am trying to put the positive terminal back on, but i am having a big problem with the screw that tightens the terminal connection. The screw goes into a 2 pieces block, and every time I start to tighten it, the two blocks come apart, and it nevers tightens the terminal properly.
Can someone tell me the secret of getting back on, and if possible take a closeup picture of the terminal, so that I can see how it all goes together. Maybe I have it wrong.
Is there a PDF technical document out there that show it better?
Yeah that's fun isn't it? Thanks Ford for reinventing the wheel once again by making something simple, difficult. I went through that same hell when my battery crapped out a few months back. About all you can do is tighten the little bolt just enough that it grabs the first few threads, and wriggle it onto the post. That **** had me so mad I was ready to start kicking the door of my car - I'm serious.
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If you look at it closely, you will see that there is a metal bar that runs from the bottom wedge (block) to the outside of the clamp and they clip together with about 3/16" of the bar sticking out the left side of the clamp. It looks like your bar came lose, so as you tighten the bolt down, it isn't pulling the outside of the clamp against the inside of the clamp. So no clamp... It should be an easy fix.
As you tighten down the screw, the wedge surface pushes the top part of the block to the left while pulling the bottom part of the block to the right. This tightens the clamp nice and even.
Personally, I've found this design to work VERY well in the six or so times I have taken the positive terminal off. It loosens up easily and clamps securely without having to over tighten the bolt. It also keeps the bolt itself away from the actual post, which should slow down the rate that it corrodes.
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Related to this, why is Sean's so close to the battery, where Glenn's isn't?
Mine is like Sean's... and a Ford shop put in the new battery... and now I can't get my cover to properly cover it due to there being no clearance between the wedge and the battery now... Le Sigh.
Edit: Wait... Sean's is backwards to what Glenn's showing... I'll check mine for that. Probably what it is.
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Last edited by houtex; 8/4/08 at 10:47 PM.
Reason: figured it out... maybe.
Thanks Glenn for the picture. Mine is for sure on wrong. I will be fixing that today. The top portion must have swung around on me after I disconnected it, as I was concentrating on getting it connected that way, and did not try it any other way.