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Okay, my turn to bitch!

I just talked to a buddy of mine at work who owns a 99 Heep Cherokee. Now he's a nice guy and we play Tennis together. He calls me Sunday after cleaning the terminals on his battery and his car won't start, the solenoid just clicks alot. So I go over check it out, ask him if he tried jumping it? Like God revealed himself to him, he had a look of "Oh yeah, that." So we jump it and it starts, but the battery won't hold charge. No problem I offer to run him over to Pep boys so he can buy a new one. As we are taking of the battery post clamps I notice the negative one is cracking. I also mention he might have corrosion in his wires and I could replace them for him if he likes. Did it in Astra's cause I let the corrosion on the battery go for to long, and all the wires had corrision down in them. So, I cut the old clamps off for those new, univeral clamps that have the two bolts on top that allow you to strip the insulation off, and slide the wire under a plate and use the two bolts to clamp it to the battery post clamp. Now I've used these in every vehicle I've ever owned. Never had any problem, they are great for not having to get OEM wires, espically in newer vehicles. Anyways, no corrosion, perfectly looking wires, so I said great, just put these new clamps on and you are good to go.

So anyways, the repair went fine, and Heep is running fine, told him not to worry about the exposed wires, as long as they are touching anything, no problem. Well I just went by his desk to ask him how it is running, he said fine, he is planning on having someone replace his battery wires because he is worried about the exposed wires. This is the same guy who asked me if I knew what to use to clean his engine. This man never looks under the hood, what does he care, does he want it clean for when his mechanic changes his oil and air filter?

Sorry, it just really perturbs me that I went through the work of getting him running and back to normal, and he's going to waste perfectly good money for absolutely nothing! I guess when you have it to waste, you can waste it on what you like.

You can no return to your regulary shcedule program.
 

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Why not tell him to buy some heatshrink, And just cover the exposed sections of wire?

Better yet, Red and black wire loom...

Cheaper, Easier and faster...


Some people..
 

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electrical tape works to. i just replaced my battery cables with better ones and that's all i did. well, first i put a little copper coat on the wires to help prevent coroding then i put on some electrical tape to help seal it and cover any exposed wire.
 

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lemme guess, this guy calls AAA or some other road-side assistance company when he gets a flat? some people's kids.....
 
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Where the hell is the exposed wire?

Every time I have used those there is no exposed wires?
And I have put quick disconnects on most of my stuff which are much like these universal ones.
What year heep?

Was it top mount?


or side mount?


they got these for the top mounts too,

 

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These, but when you cut the insulation off and slide it under the plate there is a little expose wire. Again, my expereince has always been good with these. But, it's choice.
 

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tell him to get some "handle dip" like you would put on a hammer handle and brush it on :thumbup

electrical tape

shrink tube

whatever :shrug or maybe YOU go do it for him and have that slackass PAY YOU for it :thumbup
 

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Stoopid

WTF does it matter if there are exposed wires....the fawking clamp is a conductor in itself AND IT IS EXPOSED.

What an idiot!!
 

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Re: Stoopid

SmackMyB#tchUp AKA Ecrist said:
WTF does it matter if there are exposed wires....the fawking clamp is a conductor in itself AND IT IS EXPOSED.

What an idiot!!
yes, but WIRES are dangerous, thats what we are taught as kids, don't touch the WIRES, so unless you have ANY form of electrical knowledge (which this guy obviously doesn't have) you are more scared of the wires, just because that is what is engrained in everyones head from day 1... either way, he probably appreciates the fact that you came over and got his heep running again, i wouldn't take this as a personal insult, just chalk it up as him being way to anal about stuff and leave it at that, no need to get angry with him...
 

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Ya I know, I'm not mad at him, I just get so frustrated with people who waste good money on stupid stuff. Oh well, let him learn his own lesson, I know I'm not going to be real fast to help him again. He can pay top dollar to Chrysler for the oem stuff.
 

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As long as they don't later decide they need a mechanic to fill their power steering fluid for them.:thumbup
 
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