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Cable i have a red cable running from my battery to what i guess the starter but it get really hot dont know why it gets so hot that it melts the battery box

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    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    check and make sure the connection on that are not loose



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You have a short some were causing the wires to touch and then heat up have it checked asap

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check all fuses yet.?

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