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Ok...the battery in my 98 Escort died over the last few days. About two weeks ago, I noticed a lot of green corrossion on the negative terminal. I removed the cable and sprayed some of that corrission remover from the parts store, which seemed to help the problem. Then, a few days ago, it would not start again, like the battery was almost dead. When I examined the negative terminal again, I noticed that it was loose, and, in fact, it was cracked along one side, possibly causing the battery not to charge? So, I removed the terminal end and put in a new one. This seemed to help, but the next morning, it was dead again. I jumped it off of another car and went to work. When I got to work, I shut the car off and tried to start it again. NOPE! No start! Eight hours later, I go out to go home, and the car starts! (it still sounded like that battery was not at a full charge, however.)
So, after another day of similar, I went to my Mom´s house and got the battery out of my ´91 Escort (which is only 6 months old and the car is not driven) and swap it out. Of course, it is slightly the wrong size. I had to un-bolt the negative battery cable from the firewall so that it would reach to the negative terminal. The bracket that is clamped on the cable looks like a ground, as it is clamped around bare wire. Is it bad to have it unattached to anything, considering that the negative cable is itself a ground? Can I just wrap it in electrical tape and go on about my merry way?
 

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The negative battery cable is still connected to the engine block. What I un-bolted was a small bracket that was attached to the negative cable itself, and was bolted on to a little metal shelf on the firewall. It was not a smaller wire, but the bracket was clamped on to bare wire, not insulated. In order for the wire to reach the batter terminal, I had to unbolt the clamp. The only other wires that were attached to the cable was the little black box looking thing on the termianl itself, and that is still there.
 
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