fixing the prius battery?

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  1. nightmare66

    nightmare66 Junior Member

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    think this will work? had to trim the metal a little, but coudn't find a replacement anywhere,

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    nightmare,

    if you would like, I can send you a piece of actual harness with a sensor tab on it that you could splice in. Post a photo of the wire and I can probably even match the color scheme.
     
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    You could remove the plastic ferrule and just use the crimp. The plastic ferrule is there to grip the insulation part of the cable which, in this case, doesn't exist.

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    Toyota soldered those connections for a reason. Crimp is pretty substandard, prone to coming apart or oxidizing. Do it right or don't do it at all.
     
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    Here's where to find the replacement.

    Are you sure they did? Hard for me to tell from the photos I'm finding, but they look crimped to me.

    There's a difference with crimp connections between properly-executed and ham-handed (and a similar difference for solder, as it happens). Properly-executed crimps are gas-tight cold welds and will not oxidize or come apart in the contact area; they're the overwhelming choice in auto, marine, and aerospace where there are wires and vibration. (Solder is still king on electronic circuit boards and such, where stuff doesn't move; open any of the Prius ECU's and you'll find plenty of solder there.)

    In the case of this particular harness, which is high voltage and weirdly skinny, I would not have crimped it or soldered it; I would have bought a replacement. That's not a judgment of relative merit of crimping or solder, but only of my chance of executing a field repair as reliably as they can build those in the factory.
     
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    You can buy entire used wireframe for $40 or less.
    Just search for the words wire frame prius.

    This way you'll have extras when some more go bad.

    You don't really need insulation on the crimp terminal.
     
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    I too am working on a Gen 1 traction battery with the same issues. I am looking for a solution to the leaking electrolyte. I think if we use an O ring on the lug that sits just proud of the copper, then when we tighten the nut, the copper bar compresses the O-Ring and seals the leak at the gap between the plastic and the metal.

    O ring material must resist alkaline, so EPDM, here is a link to one site but the size is probably wrong. I need to measure what is needed.

    AS001-70EP | AS568-001 EPDM O-ring 70 Durometer (EP/ EPR / EPT)

    Need 76 of them, 2 * 38. Also need to measure the size. Any thoughts on this problem. If we re-hydrate the cells it will just leak again, so re-hydrate and seal externally is what I am thinking. If someone has already done this or something similar please let me know.
     
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