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Threads on battery stripped any remedies?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by shum1, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. shum1

    shum1 1/2 ton status

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    I have the side mount type battery with the terminals that screw in. The lead threads on the battery are stripped so I cant get a tight connection. What a lame design. Is there a way to rig it short of getting a new battery? Thanks.
     
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    Don't see why you couldn't thread it with a larger tap...they are only lead I believe, so pretty soft. You'd have to get a matching bolt for the new threads, and knock the one out of the battery cabel, but shouldn't be too complex. Believe me, this design is much better in a car/truck than top mount, EXCEPT when you have to hook up jumper cables etc. They seem to corrode MUCH less than top terminal batteries.

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  3. 87JIMMY

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    Had the same happen to mine. I "temporarilly" used a course thread bolt 1 size larger and self tapped it into the soft lead. My bolt was way too long so I had to stack washers to get it tight, not to safe, but it worked.
    Good Luck, Scott 87 Jimmy

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    I don't know about you but i buy the batteries that are top & side mount. So my cables are hooked up to side mount and i have the top ones for giving jumps or hooking more stuff up or whatever. IF you had that kind of battery you could just convert yours to top mount.

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    I have the same thing there MICHIGAN BLAZER. I tanked my passenger side battery (I have 2 since I am a Diesel). The side positive post on the drivers side is hooked up to the pos on the passenger side. I then used a top post 0 guage wire to goto my starter. Much better connection.

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    Boy, oh boy, as many batteies as I've put in over the years(don't I sound like an old man,) have NEVER stripped one out. I think that they're a good design. Have tried to repair the so called "heavy-duty" top end adapters with Helicoils, don't waste your time using them, they only work a few times. Get yourself a new battery. GOPHERKILLER
     

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