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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 06, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Battery cable smoking

Just finished up some mild upgrades and clean ups. They included new stereo, cleaned up some console wiring, new valve covers, carb, fuel pump, etc. Nothing major. I always have a battery disconnect; you know the knob that you unscrew on the battery terminal. In the winter I have it disconnected. When to go fire up the baby for the first time in a month yesterday and when I screwed in the knob to connect the battery I saw some considerable smoke coming from the positive battery cable where it connects to the starter. I disconnected immediately. Then tried again. Yes the insulation is burning off. Scary!!! What if it was left connected? My starter is almost new as is ALL wiring. The starter is a premium $300 mini starter I put on this last summer with my headers. What's going on? Thx in advance.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 06, 07:13 PM
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Re: Battery cable smoking

Sounds like the positive cable is grounding somewhere. Make sure the end connected to the starter is in the right place and not hitting anything(like the starter housing) but the post itself.

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Re: Battery cable smoking

It's always a good idea to leave the battery disconnected when the car is not in use. I've seen cars sitting over the winter and mice chewing through the insulation on wires causing them to arc. The best thing to do is take off the battery cable and inspect it to determine where it is arcing....which sounds like the starter body...if that is the problem, replace the cable.

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