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battery cables are gettin hot , car wont start

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by HeebZdawg, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. HeebZdawg

    HeebZdawg Guest

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    I put new tranny n clutch in, n then put all the engine stuff back together. and the batteyr i had from walmart was new n it drained when i went to start my car so i went to walmart got another battery. I go to start my car again n the cables got so hot n the car wont turn over. Now i have a new starter in the car. I had the new starter when i got the car a couple months ago, and the engine still turned over when i killed my transmission. Anyone have any clue what could be the problem? My cd player plays so its not the battery. Anything you think might be disconnected?

    oh yah i got new terminals n terminal wires so wat the hell?
  2. highanddry

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    If you're cables are getting hot, you're battery is fine...the problem is at the load end.

    I assume that your bendix is popping up okay but just not turning your flywheel. I think when you did the tranny/clutch job, you've done something to your flywheel that is preventing it from turning. I think you're going to be dropping your tranny again.

    Ain't life grand?
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    actually i fixed it now, the other ground wire wasn't attached to the negative. its like a skinny wire. Its works now thank god!!!!
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    I fail to see how your battery cables could be getting hot if you didn't have a completed circuit. I'm not sure you've solved your problem. I wonder if your starter is bolted on securely.
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    well the cables arent gettin hot now... the wire that i forgot to put in for the negative is one that is like "bolted" onto the frame and another wire runs off the bolt to somewhere in the engine bay. everything seems to be workin fine for right now, i just hope my battery doesnt drain again. if there is i might have a short, or like you said i might have a loose starter or something
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    The problem was you indeed had a circuit, but the negative side of it wasn't large enough to flow all of the current flowing through the starter. The resistancewas too much and all of the current was turning into heat, instead of turning your starter, there is a reason batteries have a boatload of amperage - to turn the dang starter. all that power and a small path to flow. lucky you didn't have a fire.
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    You probably had a short somewhere in the system. I reccomend taking off both battery cables and testing them with a continuity tester. If you get continuity, there's a short. I took some electronics courses, built plenty of things and had plenty of shorts. Wires won't usually get hot unless there's a HUGE amount of current going through them and that means a short.

    You might have temporarily fixed your problem by conne cting that loose ground wire, but I bet your battery goes dead again. Have it tested at your local Autozone to see if it's going bad.

    You probably just shorted a wire during all of your tranny work, etc. If you get continuity, you're gonna have some time finding it.

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