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Old 09-15-2009, 08:33 AM
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1982 S&S--negative battery cable shorting out

Anyone have an idea how I can track the short down to fix? Was on the water when negative cable became extremely hot, started smoking, and then stranded me.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:28 AM
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Sounds like you have a positive wire exposed/ hitting the negative cable or contact somewhere on the block.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:43 AM
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Sounds like time to replace the battery cables.
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:43 AM
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A genuine dead short to ground. Since you didn't mention any smaller wires going up in smoke, I would guess something in the starting circuit. Probably the solenoid or starter stuck engaged.

See what that engaged crap leads to...............no fun.

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Old 09-15-2009, 11:54 AM
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No further advise other than what others have already said.

Nice to see another 82 owner on here, post some pictures.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:38 AM
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Not sure if it will help but I had the same problem a while back. After running for a bit and stopping when I tried to start back up it seemed pretty much dead. Checked the battery cables near the terminals and burnt my fingers...very hot. Turned out to be a loose belt. Tightened the belt and no further problems. Maybe just a fluke but it worked for me.
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