Replacing battery cables 97 DX Toyota Corolla

Tiny
JUSTAGIRL123
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  • 1997 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • 149,000 MILES
Trying to change battery cables on 97 toyota corolla dx but its not a single cable. It is going to 2 different places. How do I replace this cable? The replacement cables are only single cabled? Help! PS I am a girl and not good at this but my husband is trying to do this at home. Please help us. Thank You <3
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 AT 7:09 PM

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Tiny
DOCFIXIT
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MUST be dual cable for POS one goes to starter and other to fues box. Why are you replacing?
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
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Its the negative cable but it goes from the battery to tow different places. It is corroded and needs replacing. The terminal screw/bolt was loos and stripped so we got the terminal only but its corroded on to the cable so we figured to replace the cable w/terminal too. But the cable goes off to 2 diff places. One is to the ground the other goes between the air box and the battery and that is unusual. All of the cables we looked at to purchase are single cables. Is it alarm related? Thanks!
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 AT 7:24 PM
Tiny
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You have the wrong cables or universal cables. For the black negative cable, the fat one bolts to the engine and the smaller one bolts to the body. If your new cable doesn't have the small one built in, just add a wire from anywhere on the engine to the body. That is needed for the ground return path for lights, radio, heater fan, and stuff like that.

The fat red positive cable goes to the starter motor, but very often there will be a second one going to the under-hood fuse box. If you need that second cable and it's not in your replacement, the easiest thing to do is buy or make one that bolts to the battery cable clamp on one end and to the fuse box on the other. Tighten the cable clamp first, then add the second wire and a second nut to the clamp's bolt. You can attach the black negative one that way too. In fact, you might consider just cutting the old smaller black wire off the cable clamp and attaching it right to the new cable clamp. Don't just wrap the strands of wire around the bolt though. Crimp and solder a terminal "eye" onto it.
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 AT 7:24 PM
Tiny
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My husband read ur reply and says that makes sense! Thank you so much especially on a holiday! Happy fourth to you <3
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 AT 7:28 PM

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