Below are some pictures of the wiring harness from a 1999 crown victoria police interceptor which connects the battery terminals to the starter, and also supplies electricity to the remainder of the vehicles chassis.

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And the harness with a 1998 crown victoria starter connected to it.

if you pop the hood on your 1992-2004 crownvic, you can follow the path of the battery cable harness with your eyes.

-it first connects to the battery
-then runs along the side of the passenger valve cover
-then across the back of the passenger cylinder head
-then one lead connects to one of the engine->tranny bellhousing bolts on the passenger side above the starter
-the other two terminals connect to the starter solenoid

Note that the back of the passenger cylinder head is difficult to see from above the car due to limited clearance between the cylinder head and the a/c evaporator housing.

Here are a couple pictures of how the harness connects to the starter

And with the red safety cap removed

And here's a 1998 ford crown victoria with the air conditioner evaporator housing and passenger's side fender liner removed. The starter wiring is really easy to access with these parts out of the way.

With the evaporator housing removed, you can access the ground ring terminal that connects to the transmission bellhousing stud from the top side enginebay of the car.

Replacing the passenger's side valve cover gasket and grommets on these cars is an involved project that you can read more about by clicking here.

And here's a couple pictures of the back of a crown victoria passenger's side cylinder head with the engine removed from the car and the battery cable harness still attached

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Engine mounted on a stand without transmission attached, ground ring terminal hanging in mid-air

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Transmission attached, ground ring terminal connected to appropriate bellhousing fastener

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And here's a 2001 crown victoria starter with the battery cable harness attached.

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Here's a 1998 crown victoria with the starter motor removed

Take note of how the wiring harness is wedged in between the lip on the engine block and the bottom of the cylinder head

In the 1980's ford started adding a frame reinforcement bar to crown vics with the heavy duty frame (police & taxi p72's). But on 1990's vehicles, you'll find the frame reinforcement bar on all crownvics even the base civilian ones.

And a couple pictures of the back of a 1999 crown victoria engine block

Here's the ring terminal which connects to the stud on the engine->tranny bellhousing fastener directly above the starter. Unlike some earlier cars, the starter recieves a ground path through the aluminum casting of the transmission bellhousing rather than through a ring terminal connected directly to the starter housing.

This is the bracket which fastens to the back of the passenger side cylinder head.

And the other side of the bracket

Here are the two terminals that connect to the starter solenoid

Here is the positive battery terminal, and also the ring terminal that connects to the underhood fuseblock stud.

The two grey wires are two 12 awg fusible links in parallel. Note that the 2004+ police cruisers witht the 200amp alternator will have two 10 awg fuselinks in parallel, rather than 12 awg fuselinks.

If your crown vics alternator develops a short to ground in the alternator recifier diodes, these fuselinks will electrically open to prevent the wiring harness from overheating and causing a fire. Symptoms of blown fuselinks here would be a car with no electrical power inside, i.e. no engine crank, no instrument cluster lights, no domelight, no radio, etc.

This picture shows the round connector which connects to the 14290 harness to get a signal when the vehicle operator turns the ignition key to the start position. The other ring terminal connects to the stud on the underhood fusebox.

here are all of the wires which connect in the area of the starter. one connects to the stud on the tranny->engine bellhousing bolt directly above the starter. the other one to the starter "B" terminal, the other to the starter "S" terminal.

Here's the positive battery terminal. This terminal is really beat up and should be replaced.

The starter draws close to 200 amps when cranking. So, it does not take much corrosion to cause a no crank condition.

For instance, a starter cable set that has .05 ohms of resistance will cause a 10 volt drop in voltage. Many ohm meters would have trouble accurately reading a resistance that low. But in such a scenario, you'd likely hear just a click when you turned the ignition key to start and the starter wouldn't turn over.

Attempt to crank over an engine with battery cables like that a few times, and you're likely to burn/melt the solenoid contacts too.

This battery terminal is supposed to be tin plated brass. But all of the grey colored tin metal has worn away, and only the brass metal underneath is left.

This bolt head was rounded off and had to be removed using a pair of visegrip pliers. An 8mm socket just slipped around the head without turning the fastener.

Here's the negative battery terminal. This terminal appeared to be in good condition.

Here's a closeup of the ring terminal which connects to the sheetmetal of the passenger side fender.

Here's a closeup of the inside of the connector which connects the 14290 body harness to the 14300/14B060 battery harness. When the starter is cranking, this terminal will have +12V present on it.

And the outside of the connector.

Here is one of the retaining clips which holds the harness to the passenger side valve cover stud so that the harness doesn't touch the hot exhaust manifold below.

Here is the cover which goes over the positive battery terminal.

And here is a picture of the battery cable harness from a 1994 crown victoria. Note that in 1992-1997 crown vics, the fusible links which protect against fire if the alternator output diodes short to ground are part of the alternator output wire rather than being part of the battery cable harness like in 1998-2002 crown vics.

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And a picture of the transmission harness from a 1994 crown victoria. Note that the starter "S" terminal connection is part of the tranny harness on 1992-1997 crown vics. Information about converting the starter "S" terminal portion of this harness from the early female spade terminal connection to the later ring/eyelet post-type style connection is avaliable by clicking here.

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And here is the passenger side of 2000 mercury grand marquis engine/transmission removed from the car. Take note of the stud/nut above the starter mounting location where the starter ground terminal would connect.

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On the driver's side of the engine/transmission, the bellhousing fasteners do not have any starter related electrical connectors associated with them.

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And some pictures of the drivetrain from a 1995 crown victoria

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Ford Battery Cable Harness Service Part Numbers

Below are part numbers for oem battery cable wiring harnesses that can be ordered from your local ford dealer. Unlike the aftermarket universal battery cables that you may find, these are specifically crafted for your car complete with mounting brackets and protected in heat resistant convolute tubing.

Ford Service Part Number
Motorcraft Number
Suggested Retail Price
March 2009
F1VY-14300-A WC8913 1992-1992
non-ROHS Lead battery terminals
Starter solenoid on passenger fender
5U2Z-14300-A WC96031 1993-1994
(supercedes F3VY-14300-A)
ROHS lead free battery terminals
F5VY-14300-A WC9339 1995-1997
ROHS lead free battery terminals
F8AZ-14300-AA WC95583 1998-2000
ROHS lead free battery terminals
1W7Z-14300-AA WC95701 2001-2002 Civilian
ROHS lead free battery terminals
1W7Z-14300-BA WC95704 2001-2002 Police
Battery terminals with extra connection points for electrical accessories

3W7Z-14300-AA WC95745 2003-2004 Civilian $95.12
4W7Z-14300-AA WC95832 2003-2004 Police $260.74

5W7Z-14300-CL WC96002 2005-2005 Police Before 11/29/04
(supercedes 5W7Z-14300-CA)
5W7Z-14300-DA WC95900 2000-2005 Police from 11/29/04 or to 4/18/05
5W7Z-14300-DB WC95966 2005-2007 Police from 4/18/05 $78.98
5W1Z-14300-AK WC96001 2005-2005 Civilian Before 11/29/04
(supercedes 5W7Z-14300-AA)
5W1Z-14300-BB WC95965 2005-2007 Civilian from 11/29/04
(supercedes 5W1Z-14300-BA)

8W7Z-14300-AA WC96055 2008-2008 Civilian to 6/1/07 $111.26
8W7Z-14300-AB WC96079 2008-2008     Civilian From 6/1/07 to 7/21/08
8W7Z-14300-BA WC96056 2008-2008 Police to 6/1/07 $111.26
8W7Z-14300-BB WC96080 2008-2008     Police from 6/1/07 to 7/21/08

2009- Civilian
2009- Police

3W7Z-14A411-DA Jumper harness to install 04 alternator in 03 cvpi $104.98

If you have problems with this harness in your crown victoria, you can replace the entire harness if desired. Also many aftermarket parts shops sell "repair kits" which include a new positive battery terminal, a short length of wire, and some sort of system to splice into your existing positive starter solenoid "B" feed wire.

Things that vary with the starter harness between crown vics of different model years.
-The thickness of the fusible links which protect against shorts in the alternator diodes (depending on alternator model & amp rating)
-The location of the fuselinks which protect against fire if the alternator diodes short to ground. In 1992-1997 crown vics, these fusible links are part of the alternator output stud wire. In 1998-2002 crown vics, these fusible links are part of the battery cable harness.
-Different location for the junction to body harness with solenoid "S" terminal wire feed. (some years have different connector too)
-In 92-97 crown vics, the starter solenoid "S" terminal feed wire is part of the transmission harness, rather than being part of the battery terminal harness like in 98+ crown vics.
-2003+ crown vics have new battery terminals with more metal in them (all 95+ crownvics should be rohs low lead terminals)
-2005+ crown vics have a different routing of the battery cable harness than 1992-2004 crown vics do and the starter cabling no longer loops around the back of the passenger's side cylinder head like in prior model years.
-Possibly different location for ground on the fender sheetmetal
-On some of the 2003+ crown vics, the alternator output wire is part of the starter harness. The 99' harness pictured above uses a seperate wire on it's own standalone harness to connect the alternator output stud to the battery.
-Various electrical signals from other circuits that may be carried on this harness
-92-95 female spade connection at starter solenoid "S" terminal (may have been retrofitted to later ring terminal style)
-96-08 ring terminal connection at starter solenoid "S" terminal

Things that stayed the same between the model years:
-Crown victoria engine bay dimensions
-Crown victoria starter location
-Crown victoria battery location
-All 1992-2009 crown vics have the 4.6L engine

The legacy 1990.5-1992.5 crown vics did receive a ford pmgr starter, but still had a starter solenoid on the fender like in earlier crown vics. This appears to have been done to prevent the need for ford to do a major overhaul on the vehicle's harness until part way into the 1992 model year and also for backwards compatibility with the direct drive starters. Note that the permament magnet gear reduction (PMGR) starter introduction was a mid-year running change in the 1990 model year. Early 1990 crown vics receieved the old direct drive starter, the later 1990 crownvics recieved the pmgr starter.

Repairing damaged battery cable sets

Below are a couple aftermarket solutions for repairing damaged battery terminal ends without replacing the entire cable set pictured above.

Generic Lead Terminals

You can use these if the battery terminal on your cable is bent/torn or the screw is stripped out.
-cut the old cable off of the terminal end
-strip some insulation off of the wires
-slide the wires under the compression plate
-then tighten the bolts

This type of terminal is often found hanging behind the parts counter in large quantities

You can also get the generic lead terminals which have been painted red and black, so that you do not accidentally reverse polarity if giving your car a jumpstart.

"Battery Cable Saver" kit from NAPA

If corrosion has gotten past the terminal ends to the copper wire strands inside the plastic jacket, napa and various other vendors sell generic "Battery Cable Saver" kits which include a new end terminal and a short length of wire. This allows you to cut out the end portion of the battery cable which is corroded and splice in new fresh copper wire in it's place.

Napa Part# NW728210

Napa Part# NW728211

Napa Part # NW728216

-The black boxes in the above pictures are insulating boxes to be placed over the exposed metal splice junctions. They are not fuse boxes.
-For your ford vehicle, you want top mount battery terminals. You do not want side mount terminals like you'll find on most general motors vehicles.

Coleman Cable "Battery Cable Savers"

"When using a Road Power Battery Cable Saver, only the worn terminal-end of the old battery cable is replaced. Simply detach the defective cable from the battery and cut the cable near the corroded terminal. Strip the old cable and attach it to the Cable Saver. Finally, the Cable Saver’s lead-free terminal is connected to the battery.

Battery Cable Savers are constructed with tin-plated brass terminals that supply maximum corrosion protection. The rugged jacket is manufactured from high temperature PVC designed to resist water, oil, and chemicals. These unique cables eliminate the need for the same model cable in many different lengths. Road Power Battery Cable Savers feature (3) three models: Top Post, Dual Lead, and Side Post.

Part Number
Cable Length
Top Post
8 inches
Top Post Dual-Lead
8 inches
Side Post (General Motors Vehicles Only)
8 inches

Avaliable from and various other parts vendors.


These splice-in cables are marketed by Autozone under the Lynx brand name. The marketing literature pictures of them appear identical to the coleman cable units pictured above.

Lynx O.e / Battery Cable
Part Number: 07764
Description: Top Post Splice Kit with 1 Lead
Notes: Positive splice kit With 1 lead, top post splice kit, cable splice kits are an easy and practical solution that avoids replacing the entire, complex cable harness.
Store: Normally stocked at your local store.

Lynx O.e / Battery Cable
Part Number: 07765
Description: Top Post Splice Kit with 2 Leads
Notes: Negative type With 2 leads, top post splice kit
Store: Normally stocked at your local store.

These replacement battery cable ends are usually kept on the display floor near the batteries in the autozone retail stores.

But some autozone parts consultants might require you to supply vehicle make and model information prior to selling you any part. So,  if you want the lynx 07764 battery terminal kit, tell them you have a 1995 crown victoria and they should be willing to sell you the item. If you would like the other variant of this part, tell your parts consultant that you have a 1994 crown victoria and they should be willing to sell you lynx part # 07765.

Autozone also sells complete oe style battery harness kits. These parts are really oem ford motorcraft battery cable harnesses in disguise at a much lower price. Some people have even reported getting these parts in ford motorcraft boxes from autozone despite having purchased aftermarket "lynx" brand parts.

Lynx Part Number
Ford Crown Victoria
Mercury Grand Marquis
Lincoln Town Car
Ford Crown Victoria
Mercury Grand Marquis
Ford Crown Victoria Except Police Package
Mercury Grand Marquis
Ford Crown Victoria Police