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Why would you need a battery terminal boot for the negative terminal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by AnotherSilverTaco, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Jun 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    AnotherSilverTaco

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    I switched to military battery terminals today and could no longer use the stock boot that prevents accidental shorts.

    I ordered a boot from http://www.prime4x4.com/shop/OffRoa...ssories/p/Military-Battery-Terminal-Boots.htm

    They come in pairs, one for the positive which I understand and one for the negative.

    My question is why do they sell a boot for the negative terminal?

    Isn't it useless or am I missing something?

    Can anyone think of a legimate reason why you would want or need a cover on the negative terminal?
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Corrosion prevention....and it helps in case you are working on the positive side and accidentally drop a screwdriver or wrench on the terminals. Lol. Ask me how I know. :)
     
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    But I am thinking it is going to be somewhat of a pain in the ass to put on, and then every time you need to disconnect the battery, its just that much more trouble. I don't see the point.
     
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    A negative terminal boot would be useful for a positive ground application.
     
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    I want to hear the story!:eek:
     
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    This I agree with.
     
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    Let's just say my 1/2" open end... 10mm. Whatever the hell size it was now has permanent black marks on it from where it sparked.
     
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    This does make sense. It gets pretty hairy sometimes, with winch cables, power block cables etc all coming out of these terminals, but I always disconnect the neg cable and thoroughly tape the terminal any time I am working near the battery with the positive terminal uncovered. Hmmm...
     
  10. Jun 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM
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    Haha!

    That's nothing, what prompted this question is BJMoose on another thread said he caught his dipstick on fire!:eek:

    I guess if it isn't to big of a deal, I will put it on when it comes in. I can see a scenario where I just want to check the bolts on the positive terminal without disconnecting the negative and even though there is a lot other metal to ground to, it just might save the day to have the negative covered. We will see what happens when I get the boots.
     
  11. Jun 10, 2012 at 5:35 AM
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    ^ Now that's funny.
     

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