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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 15, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Electrical 1990

I have a 1990 Camero with a 5.7 V8 that is having electrical problems. I was driving and the engine just died. When trying to restart, it just clicks like the battery is dead. When I attempted to replace the battery, the negative connection to the battery arcs. My knowledge of cars is mainly remove and replace, any assistance in a possible diagnosis would be extremely helpful.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 15, 05:38 AM
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I have a 1990 Camero with a 5.7 V8 that is having electrical problems. I was driving and the engine just died. When trying to restart, it just clicks like the battery is dead. When I attempted to replace the battery, the negative connection to the battery arcs. My knowledge of cars is mainly remove and replace, any assistance in a possible diagnosis would be extremely helpful.

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Mike...First thing I would do is to pull the alternator and have it checked at an Auto Zone, NAPA, or auto parts place. The diodes in the IR may be smoked...just a thought. Beyond that, there is a definite short in the electrical system which could take a while to trace. Good luck!

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 15, 06:08 AM
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Re: Electrical 1990

Not likely to be of much help chasing a short as I don't know the 1990 electrical system at all. Agree with the alternator as a potential suspect though. Unless your battery is at full volts and still won't start; then might want to think about the starter. That clicking is the solenoid - if nothing else is happening either you don't have enough voltage to spin over (more likely) or your starter has gone bad. Hopefully someone who knows that model can chime in with more specific recommendations! Good luck - electrical faults are always simple after the fact but can be a real bear to figure out in the moment.

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