negative battery cable modification.
I don't know why Jeep used that
cable but apparently it's a hard cable to find. Below is what I did
on my 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it seems to be
working great. In fact, I think the volt meter went up slightly
when I hooked up the new ground cable.
Note: This is what I
did on my own personal Jeep. It is provided for information
only. I do not guarantee that it will work
for you. Perform this modification at your own risk.
Step 1: Disconnected
the negative cable from the battery.
Step 2: Disconnect
the other end of the negative cable from the stud on the engine block.
Step 3: Using a box
cutter, carefully cut the tape that holds the corrugated loom
and cables together.
Step 4: Locate the
"Y" in the negative cable and cut the wire going to the
alternator as close as possible to the "Y". Crimp a heavy duty #8
gauge 5/16 lug (#10 gauge is too small) on to the end of the wire
coming from alternator (the one you just
cut - a 310 gauge crimper works OK). Apply heat shrink to seal
Step 5: Place the ring
end of the new battery cable on the engine ground stud, then install
the alternator ground wire (with the new end) and replaced the nut.
Here is a sketch of
what it all looked like when done:
The chassis ground on our
cables is a few inches longer than stock for ease of installation.
The cable is a little long
at 30 inches but that is what the factory cable was.
Back to the Jeep
Cherokee Battery Cables page.
Don't see the
cable you wanted here? I'd be happy to build a cable to your
specifications. Go to the Custom
Orders page for more information.