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Old 03-29-2004, 01:08 PM
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ground burnt up on my battery

This morning i was going to pick up my friend to go to school and my truck just died (1961 chevy apache 10 it has a 1968 307) I pulled over and i looked under my hood and the battery cable burnt through the thing that goes over the post, and i'm not sure why, i just put a new starter and ignition switch in, i'm sure i got the starter hooked up right, maybe it's the igntion module, could i have the battery and ignition wires hooked up backwards? I didn't check but maybe my battery is resting on my hood, i don't think it was, any ideas on what it could be?? not to sure, but i need to get my truck running and right, lucky for me my mom just checked out a work van and i can drive it to get to school and work, but i really want to be able to drive my truck again thanks a bunch guys.

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Old 03-29-2004, 05:04 PM
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Is your ground wire hooked to the block? Is it a good clean connection with no rust or corrosion? Was the battery terminal tight/clean? Was the cable good to start with? Any of the above will cause ground cable heat/fires. I see guys hooking their ground cable to the alternator bracket all the time and then wonder why the vehicle starts hard,burns up cables.
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If yopu have a bad or partial connection, all the amperage flows where it can get through. If it is a small area, all that amperage gets it real hot and it will burn.

Always try to have good solid conections on both (+ and -) sides.

The bigger your battery cables the better, less resistance.
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:05 PM
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Hey i found out what was wrong the power wire going to my starter got on my manifold and melted the plastic around it and was grounding out on it, pulled it away and put electrical tape around the exposed area and it works fine except now i have a huge belt squeak.
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Old 03-30-2004, 05:21 PM
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Pardon my language, but I would be doing a hell of a lot more than putting a piece of electrical tape on it. That might be OK for a temporary repair to get it where you can repair it PROPERLY.
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