It is worth it (to me) not really worrying about but needing to ‘understand’ why something that ‘look’s and performs’ differently than OEM was done by a respected, local mechanic. I visited the local Car-quest (he and NAPA supply parts for the garages in town) auto parts store yesterday afternoon and described the condition. Charlie is a smart and decent sort and has bailed me out many times before (that’s why I buy my RF7 and MOA from him for example instead of saving a few bucks through Amazon).
He knew right off what had happened, knowing the mechanic without me giving the name. He said it’s not unusual for a truck my age for the OEM bolt, due to corrosion, to not be usable going forward with a new battery replacement. The mechanic doesn’t normally have all the different replacement bolts needed and since there was a second battery that could be jumped, he inserted an Allen head sort of flush bolt/screw that he had on hand.
Charlie said to drive her car over next, he’ll confirm and order the correct bolt. I asked about the gold plated bolt, he said sure, it wouldn’t corrode due to the gold. By the same token if you just painted a steel bold head afterward with some loose paint around the house or put Vaseline on it, same would serve the same function. Frankly, I think the gold bolt is sort of cool . I’ll make the decision ‘gold vs. painted’ on price. I might just get gold for her Burb (I think she’d then think I ‘really’ did something super great with the battery situation ). And given that he pointed out all the corrosion on my Silverado’s + terminal, I’ll just remove mine, clean, reinsert and paint or Vaseline.
Then I presume I should add a cap to both auto’s + bolt heads.
I also like following this stuff up to the bitter end since I’m in no rush, the folks are nice and I end up learning a bunch of stuff I hadn’t known before.
An example of which–I explained to Charlie the whole experience with Connie’s Burb from AAA to now. He said that once a battery has been drained (her case having had the door open in the garage all weekend), the car (I think he said alternator) is not designed to bring the charge all the way back to 100% just driving. That to do so I needed to put the trickle charger on the batteries overnight.