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Battery to starter cable from FCPgroton: same as from Volvo?

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Battery to starter cable from FCPgroton: same as from Volvo?

Post by erikv11 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:16 pm

I have the head off the engine so I am taking care of a lot of small things. For one, the cable from the battery to the starter is fraying at the connector.

So I called FCPGroton and asked for a price on the Volvo branded replacement cable for this aftermarket cable. The sales guy told me the aftermarket part is the same one Volvo sells, that if I buy the part in a Volvo blue box I would get exactly the same thing. So I went with the good price from fcp.

Now that the part is here, it looks a little cheap, see pics below. For one, where the B+ cable (the one that goes to the fuse box) hooks in to the positive cable end, the original cable had some kind of square nub (a nut?) but the replacement does not, it just has a screw. Is there a nut that swaps over from the original part to the replacement? If not, do you need to bend the tabs flat on the B+ cable? Seems suboptimal.

For anyone who has replaced this cable with one from Volvo, does this look like the part you got?

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Re: Battery to starter cable from FCPgroton: same as from Vo

Post by Ozark Lee » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:11 pm

The cable looks more or less the same except that the it is red rather than orange and the lugs aren't crimped on but they are molded.

It may be OK or it may not be OK. I have no experinece with the aftermarket cable.

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