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Old 10-19-2003, 12:49 PM
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Any help will be appreciated (wiring)

Today i used the remote starter switch. It was hooked up correctly but when i hit the trigger the starter continued to crank continuosly after i let off the trigger. I unhooked the battery as fast as i could. Smoke came from the starter area. I checked the wires and one, the red one, was cracked and burnt through. It had arced the steering column linkage.
All the wires are old, so im going to get a new wiring harness for the engine compartment. But before i do i need to figure the problem.
If this helps:
The GRD wire on the altenator stays hot. even when the engine is off.
When i contacted the (+) battery terminal to the (+) post, it gave a really hot spark on what i thought was a real low battery.
I did the same w/ the (-) terminal and post and it gave a hell of a spark also, leaving some of the terminal material on the post.
This is a Pontiac 400 im working with.

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I have a 75 400 Pontiac in my 69 LeMans. I will check it out and see if that is normal or not. What is the GRD wire? Are you talking about the Ground? This sparking is not normal though. The only time you may get a spark is when something is drawing a voltage. Sounds like a short to ground to me. Use a continuity tester to ground and see if the + feed has a - ground.


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Im guessing that GRD stands for ground. Thats whats stamped on the back of my altenator right below the terminal thats staying hot with the engine off and draining my battery.
I have a 69' Custom S.
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