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I was replacing my battery today and the terminal cracked in half. Thankfully I could still get it to tighten on the battery and work but obviously this needs to be replaced. I replaced the positive terminal clamp a few months ago with an OEM subaru one for like $7, but for the negative one I am not seeing just the clamp itself sold, only the whole wire.

Any sources for this? Is a generic terminal a good replacement (though they really never are)? I know the dealer quoted $100 for the cable, hopefully its available online somewhere for a fraction of that..

Also, I noticed that I never had the battery bracket on the car (I mean I knew that it never had one, I didn't know subaru's came with one in the first place), I'm guessing that would be a good idea to pick up one from wherever I'm getting this terminal from?
 

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I've use many of the generic clamps in the past with no problems - the problem is usually finding one of the right size that comes with a cover.

Also, when you do it, buy some of the red anti-oxidizing grease made for battery terminals, and use it on both terminals as well as the end of the wire were it is clamped to the new clamp.

For further insurance, do the same (grease coating) to every ground wire in the engine compartment, and do both ends.
 

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All the after market parts store terminals are crap. Grounding on these cars is crucial to keeping the sensors working correctly. The only ones I every use any more are the military stye terminals. The generic ones always seem to work loose and break.

Amazon link: http://a.co/5uUnOPJ

Put good ends on the wires and you should not have a problem. Personally I would spring for the OEM.

I just bought a new bracket for mine. It was pretty corroded when I bought the car. http://a.co/clWgc0z
 

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All the after market parts store terminals are crap. Grounding on these cars is crucial to keeping the sensors working correctly. The only ones I every use any more are the military stye terminals. The generic ones always seem to work loose and break.

Amazon link: http://a.co/5uUnOPJ

Put good ends on the wires and you should not have a problem. Personally I would spring for the OEM.

I just bought a new bracket for mine. It was pretty corroded when I bought the car. http://a.co/clWgc0z
Thanks for the responses, I was looking at that same clamp as well, will probably order that one. I can't seem to find any reasonable sources for the OEM negative terminal, anyone know of any?

If not, I will give that military-style clamp a try. How hard is it to attach the cable to the new clamp?
 
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