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Old 03-01-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hi, thanks for your help in advance.

Here are a couple pics with a cable that came undone. This comes off the battery terminal and main fuse box in the engine bay. It appears to run across the front of the engine and connect somewhere, maybe below the engine?

I think this is causing a major battery drain, and caused my car to stall in the middle of driving it?

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Sorry, something happened with the image. Please copy and paste this link into your browser to see the wire I'm talking about. Also, here'* a second picture that might show it better.

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That looks like your positive cable. Does the other end go to the batteries positive post? If so, that end goes to the starter.
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Yes, the other end goes to positive post. The car has had issues starting, so that may be the positive starter cable. I'll jack the car up and take a look at the starter.
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Disconnect the negative battery cable before you go hooking anything up.
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Isn't that the alternator lead? It dosen't look like there anything hooked up to the Alt in hte one pic and a dead battery would cause a hard start.
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By George I think you are correct. I didn't even look on that side.
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ya that looks like the alternator lead
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Confirmed yet again. That'* definitely the battery cable running from the positive lead of the battery to the alternator. No wonder you're having a massive battery drain!

Reconnect that, and get a jump start if you need it. Then, get on the highway for a little while. 20 minutes about 2000 RPM will easily give your battery a full charge.

Then, of course, figure out how that one got undone. It'* not every day your alternator cable falls off.
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The way to tell is the rubber boot on the end. There'* no boot on the starter wire.
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