Terminating wires

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  1. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    I've got several wires hanging around under the hood of my 4runner that are hot and don't go to anything. Whats a good way to terminate them. I was thinking about crimping a butt splice on and adding some heat shrink but wondering if there is a less ghetto looking way.
     
  2. a_kelley

    a_kelley mechanical fixer

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    Cut them off where they originate and eliminate the whole wire. Or do what you were thinking, but wrap them up into a existing wire loom/harness. Or just cut it off and put some small shrink over the end.
     
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  3. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Heat shrink over the end. No need for a butt connector.
     
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  4. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    Don't let me ever see it. :lol:

    I'd fix it for free. In other words, trace it back through the harness, all the way to the pin.

    Or..... Use them for under hood lights. LED strips. one of the best things I've ever done to a rig was installed under hood lights. It just makes it so much easier to do a trailer repair.
     
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  5. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Come on over. Lol
     

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  6. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    That looks nice and uniform to me.
     
  7. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Hook em all together with a big wire nut.
     
  8. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    I like to fold the end of the (un-stripped) wire over about 3/8 to 1/2 inch, and then put a piece of heat shrink over the doubled portion. It looks tidy, the heat shrink won't slide off, and it's easy to tell a capped wire apart from a spliced wire that's broken at the splice. I mostly use that method for small gauge wires and signal wires.
     
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  9. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    The wires im talking about are around the passenger side engine mount. They all went to misc. emission items. I want to cut them back to the main harness and terminate there. Now I've got some good ideas on how to do so.
     
  10. a_kelley

    a_kelley mechanical fixer

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    Really don't do this. If they're fed from seperate fuses it'll back feed.
     
  11. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    Also sidestepping the fact that wire nuts and stranded wire don't mix.
     
  12. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    Where's the other 4 cylinders?
     
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  13. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    That's not so true...
     
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  14. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    Took me 12 months to do 1 head gasket. A second head would have me down for another year.
     
  15. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    I think I phrased that wrong. I was going for "don't ever use a wire nut on automotive wiring".

    I guess you could use a wire nut with stranded wire in a nice stationary house or whatever, yeah. :D
     
  16. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    Yeah here is a time, place and application for everything. That said, Id take a properly installed wire nut over a scotchlock everyday of the week and 2x on Sunday.
     
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  17. BrianGreen

    BrianGreen SSG Brian Green

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    Here we go with the “burning stuff down” again. Just make sure to use a match so the wires and wire nut have something to grab to.
     
  18. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    I prefer to call it "the fusefinder" but whatever.
     
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