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Metal Pieces on + battery terminal - need them?

This may seem stupid asking, I'm sure odds are I need it if it was put on there, but on the positive side of the battery plug, we have that additional piece that has 2 metal small pieces that detach from eachother if the screw is removed. I dropped one of the cube shapes, what purpose do these serve? Should I worry?

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ISNT THAT WHAT makes the cable tighten on the battery?

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Yes, I'm pretty sure that's what that is.
The positive cable bolts to a small plate that attaches to the battery post via a clamp. If that clamp is left loose, the entire assembly can come off of the positive battery terminal.

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Yes, I'm pretty sure that's what that is.
The positive cable bolts to a small plate that attaches to the battery post via a clamp. If that clamp is left loose, the entire assembly can come off of the positive battery terminal.
The one mounting it straight down to the battery is still in place tight. This one is the little metal piece made of 2 small metal slanted pieces.
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But it won't be tight for long. It looks like, when you tighten down on those slanted pieces it pulls the clamp around the terminal closed...the pieces slide sideways as you tighten since they are slanted. If you look on the left side of that little plate around the battery terminal, you will see the other part of the clamp coming up from under the plate and up the side a little. You can't see the clamp really good since it runs under that terminal plate, but it's there. Without those slanted pieces on the right side, you no longer have any clamping force left.
I've uploaded two pics for you...in one the pen is pointing at the left side of the clamp and the right side on the other. The clamp runs under the terminal plate.
If you don't keep that clamp tight, it will eventually come loose from vibration. If you can't find that little piece, just call your Ford dealership...they'll probably sell you the whole clamp, but it can't cost that much. Good luck!
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Sorry for necro posting, but I lost one of those wedges. Has anyone else lost one and gotten new hardware from ford? I've heard you have to buy the whole harness. Also the bolt is curved and I can't thread the nut on very well.
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