I was born in 1948 and spent most of my career working on my own as a computer troubleshooter for Unix systems.
We can drive golf carts on the private roads where we live. It is a great convenience for running to the postal center or the clubhouse.
That convenience suddenly stopped one day. I stopped in my driveway after a trip to get our mail and noticed my battery meter fluctuate on and off as I hit small potholes.
Well that’s easy. Something is loose, right? Probably just the clips by the meter. I opened the seat to take a look.
I felt with my finger and found that one terminal was very hot. I could also feel that the nut was loose so I went to get a wrench and came back to tighten it. I have to check these things from time to time; they usually don’t relax, but I wasn’t worried. That is, until I found out that I couldn’t tighten it with the wrench. It just twisted, because the wire it was attached to was coming loose on the battery terminal cable.
How to repair a broken terminal post
|Follow these steps carefully.|
• Remove the battery (use a strap if you have one).
• Disconnect the battery cable.
• Drill a pilot hole in the battery post to a maximum depth of 3/4 inch.
• Use an appropriately sized screw and washer to securely hold the cable.
You can see what a normal battery terminal looks like in the image above. There is a threaded lug that sits on a lead flange. That’s what had come loose.
In the table above, you will find a summary of the steps I took to repair the loose ear. For more details and photos, this is where I went to find instructions. It was obvious that these were the correct steps to take, but I was in a rush and took a few shortcuts. I’m going to go back and “get it right” in no time, but I was able to get the car going.
The problem was, I couldn’t find my faucet set. That is not something I use very often. It may have been loaned to someone and forgotten, or maybe it just disappeared when we moved in. From what I know it was sold at our garage sale along with other tools that I thought I would never need again. Who remembers? I do not.
Secret methods of removal of men
I called a poker friend who lives down the street and asked if he had a game. He had lost his as well (I nominate the thread and die set as the most commonly lost tools in our community), and suggested simply putting a screw on the tip.
Lead is soft. Why not? Drill a small pilot hole no more than 3/4 inch deep (deeper and you will be in the acid) and screw in a screw. Not great for maintenance, but it sounded like a plan. My poker friend went to help.
I have a lifting strap that I bought from Buggies Unlimited. I think it would have been almost impossible to remove the battery from cars without it. I highly recommend buying one of these.
Of course, we couldn’t easily disconnect the cable. There was no way to grab the bolt to keep it from turning, so I disconnected the cable from the other battery and then pulled the battery out so I could work on it.
We were preoccupied with him for half an hour, trying various useless schemes. I even tried sawing it with a hacksaw. Unlucky. We finally gave up and I applied the traditional and traditional secret man-elimination technique: brute force. I ripped the damn thing off the leash with my very angry bare hands.
More broken things
Now we were ready to make a hole for the screw.
Like I said, lead is soft. It’s sticky when you pierce it, and that made me break my first bit. Fortunately, it didn’t break flush, so we were able to grab it with pliers and pull it out. I tried again with a slightly larger chunk and did it again almost instantly.
Sheesh. We were off to a good start!
I went one size larger, thinking it would be harder to break, and handed the drill to my friend to allow him a chance to destroy the battery completely. He managed to drill the necessary hole without breaking another piece. Later in the week, when we were playing poker and it was my turn to deal, I deliberately didn’t deal a game that she didn’t like. My attempt at revenge failed; he lost that hand anyway.
We found a suitable screw and a brass washer of the correct size and screwed that wire on tightly.
Yes, I know that …