Unlike Sta-Kon®, Scotchlok®, and Panduit terminals that are made to be crimped with hand tools, open-barrel automotive terminals are designed to be crimped with high-speed production equipment.
Successfully crimping these open-barrel terminals by hand requires some special considerations. Barrel dimensions and material thickness are not standardized, and making perfect “first time” crimps with a hand tool is often a matter of experience and luck.
Most tools available for crimping replacement OEM terminals are designed to crimp a wider range of terminals with less precision. The tips listed below should be helpful in obtaining and recognizing a reliable crimp.