Jul 26th, 13, 06:53 PM
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Va Beach VA
Re: Wired problem with 98' Camaro
Welcome to the Club, Luis.
Reads like you may have two problems.
Too small of cables - cannot handle the current demand and insulation melts.
The other is the starter motor may need replacing. The thump you hear may be the starter engaging the flywheel to spin the engine, but the starter cannot handle the load, therefore, the starter is stalled, more commonly called locked rotor, and during this time of being engaged and not spinning, the current demand is at the maximum amount, usually 250-300 amps - a lot of heat is generated.
First replace both battery cables, the whole cable. Measure the length of the present cables, then go buy a pair of the same length or the next longer length. Make sure they are at a minimum 1 GA cable, read the package they come in. Wire brush the surface the cable touches.
During the time of replacing the cables, externally charge the battery, and/or let it charge overnight.
If changing cables and charging the battery does not fix it, then exchange the starter.
Once started, then check the voltmeter ensuring the alternator is recharging the battery. A properly charged battery will help the situation.
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