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Corrosion on Battery Cable Ends on Lincoln Town Car

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Check the battery cable ends frequently for corrosion. Corrosion can easily migrate under the cable insulation and cause numerous electrical faults and drivability issues.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 136,188 (78,000–250,000)
21 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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went out to my car, wouldn't start.Dead wouldn't show anything. Checked under the hood and noticed the cable cover was just laying there. Picked it up and the battery cable was corroded so bad that it had broke and dropped off. Strange thing was I just had it at the shop to replace the wiper motor 3 days earlier. My question is how much does a cable end cost and what could it mess up since this has happened and what could happen while I'm trying to replace it. I worry about messing up the computer on the car if this hasn't alredy happened. It is the positive cable.
yeah my battery always seems to die out also. although i just installed a new battery. but it must be the cables not being tightened. but definitely a common problem for me too
Battery cable corrosion at positive side at starter, and negative cable ends on chassis ... car was laid up for a year. starter on lincoln is a pain to service... but that is Ford for you... they give you no direction in the fuse box...
seems like the corrosion builds up within a week after cleaning, have replaced the cable end with aftermarket, but same problem. I just keep the positive cable as clean as possible, have used a number of anticorrosion products but nothing works very long.
corrosion on battery cable ends .
Sometimes car wont start too.
can't disconnent cables too messed up
corroded wires to fuse box near battery caused the gas line to shut down. had to be towed to a repair shop. car would start and run 1/2 mile then quit.
bad battery cell caused this problem.replaced battery it was excessive even when took measures to prevent this
replace battery
battery cable on positive side of battery has corrosion and can not remove form battery without messing it up
battery would not 'connect--needed towing and replacement of terminals/cable clamps
2001 Lincoln TC wont start in the last 2 years I have replaced the battery 5 times and alternator 2 times. after each battery replacement car will start for a couple of weeks then just stops starting. Taking to Lincoln service center on Wednesday hoping they can help.
My battery cables get a lot of corrosion on them. The positive cable gets the corrosion.
corroded battery cable