I'm replacing the single pole contactor on my unit (decided to DIY since $604 for $50 worth of parts seemed ridiculous). My problem is that the replacement contactor has two terminals identical to the old one but two that are different - I need help with hooking up the wires to the terminals that are different.
My old one has four screws and all 4 of the wires have the circular endloops so the screw goes inside of them.
The new contactor has two screws on top and two boxes that you have to insert wires into then secure with a screw. What do I need to do to the wires, if anything, to prepare them for inserting into these screwed holes since there isn't a way to hook the loops on a screw end?
Those are wire connectors with a set screw and can be used for stranded or solid wire. Cut off the circular loops and carefully strip the wires with a proper wire stripper so you don't lose any strands or nick the wire. Leave enough wire for the set screw to attach to and tighten well.
"Cut it twice and it is still too short".