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Old March 9th, 2011, 03:30 PM
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Help, Positive battery lead fried at starter

Hi crew, can anyone help troubleshoot the cause of my positive battery lead that completely fried off the starter termination of my 97 D90 Wagon? I noticed when my battery was drained/dead probably from a short. The truck was sitting a couple wks without running it.

Could it be just a bad starter (switch), a relay, voltage regulator or possibly my ignition switch? Thanks bunchs.
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Bad ground somewhere
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Old March 9th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Could have just been loose.
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The stud on the starter is fried off? The lug on the cable?
Did you find it that way after it had been sitting, or did you try to start it and it fried?
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Thanks for all the replies! Previously I tried to charge and reinstall what i though was a dead battery and when that didn't work, i tried to jump it which is when i think it fried off possibly from a bad ground as mentioned above.

I still need to troubleshoot where there's a bad ground to engine/frame, heater shield, etc. and yet to see what starter looks like. Might have something to do with my radio crapping out couple months ago and a dome light door switch that only works with you wiggle it. I'll have to revisit in couple wks. Thanks!
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:46 PM
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When electrics get fried it's usually at the point of weakest link.
A bad ground would most likely fry the ground cable somewhere.
My bet is on a loose positive connection at the starter, as suggested above. High current -> loose connection -> heat buildup -> melted connection.
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