Electrical Connectors & Crimp Terminals
Get connected with our range of electrical connectors & crimp terminals
When working on your car wiring you need to ensure you have all the right tools and accessories for the job making it easier and give you a quality finish. This includes the right electrical connectors and crimp terminals to get a secure connection the first time. Just as important are the correct crimping tools that create the wire crimp on the connector. Some require two crimps from the crimp tool. If too loose, the wire could pull out or worse it causes a bad connection as corrosion sets in. Loose connectors are a common problem with automotive wiring and can be difficult to diagnose.
Crimp connectors are the most common terminal in use as they are quick and easy to do. You can get connectors that need solder or a screw type connector which is bulky and usually reserved for a terminal strip or distribution block which have a number of these connectors next to each other.
Different Crimp Connectors (Wire Crimps) and Terminals
Repco stock the Narva range of crimp connectors which are covered in different coloured insulation material (red, yellow and blue) to easily identify the wire sizes that fit the connector. There are a wide variety of different insulated terminals to suit your job including male and female blade and male and female bullet. Spade and ring terminal work well under the head of a screw or bolt. Crimp barrels are good for joining cables. Use the correct crimping tool so the connector is crimped properly.
There is also a range of connector body kits housing a cross section of different connectors and pins in varying sizes.
Other Types of Connectors
Always make sure the components you use are a suitable match for the amperage or current flow of the circuit. When fitting parts like driving lights and connections that are going to be exposed to the elements consider using a Deutsch plug or a Narva Super Seal connector to keep water and dust out of electrical systems. If you are running auxiliary power to your trailer or camper trailer or an electronic brake system then an Anderson Plug is a great option and will accommodate the current you need to run the auxiliary circuits.
If you are not using an insulation crimp connector you can use heat shrink tubing to electrically insulate the connector and stop the metal part making contact with something it shouldn't. Always remember to slide on the desired length of heat shrink onto the wire prior to connecting or crimping the terminal or adding the electrical connector. When using heat shrink it is also recommended to use a heat gun to ensure you get an even retraction of the heat shrink.
Test your connector
Use the appropriate electrical tools to create a better connection or crimp and allow you to test the circuit once connected to ensure it is working. Tools like pliers, angle cutters, multimeter or test lamp are a great start or even a circuit tester that will allow you to diagnose and locate live wires. You can test your crimped connectors to see if they are a good conductor as in most cases the crimping is the problem.
Visit Repco online or in store to see our range of electrical connectors and crimp terminals, crimp tools, copper cable and soldering equipment. With around 400 stores there should be one not that far away from you so visit the website to find your nearest store.