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96 nissan pickup battery ground

When i hook up the hot wire from the battery to the alternator it arcs and sends out huge sparks and some thing keeps draining my battery

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It looks as if you have a dead short in the alternator. Check that the insulators around the terminal are not broken or that the fibre washer under the nut that holds the terminal in place (the nut under the lead that allows you to tighten the outside nut up on) is not allowing the wire to touch the alternator housing If that is all ok maybe you need a replacement alternator

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You must test first if your alternator produces output voltage (usually about 13.5V)
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it could be the starter. there are two sets of brushes in the starter, when they get worn down, they start to lose contact and it gets weak.
is there an oil leak that has the starter all oily? oil leaks are hard on starters.
It could also be the battery cables, or terminals.
Scrape the inside of the terminals with a pocket knife, to make sure there is no crust.
also make sure there is no corrosion in the cable under the insulation
take a blade and slice open the cable insulation up by the terminal enough to get a peak at the wire inside. If there is white frosty corrosion in there, its best to replace it.
You can also try cleaning it real good with an alkylin base cleaner like purpe power cleaner.
The electrons flow on the outside of the wire, if there is corrosion on the wire it can hinder the current.
also check the ground cable to the engine..

I hope this info helps save some time or money.

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Your prolem sounds as the classical Hot Coil problem with no solution. Next time when engine stalls, check for spark, touch the coil and the ignition module. If they feel hot to the touch (can't hold it), chances are there is too much resistance in the High Tension side of the ignintion circuit.
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I have a 1994 toyota pickup 2wd. Just recently it had a wire burn up on the wiring harness running to the alternator from the main harness. It burned the ground clean off the alternator the first time then...

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Check also to make sure that the engine is grounded, by taking a test light and connecting it to the positive side of the battery, and testing the metal around the motor. Sometimes grounds can break, or when shorted out they can melt. If the motor is not grounded then it will not start. and will just crank.
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2). check the main wiring ( battery cable-hot/ground, ground cable from alternator, lbattery/alternator terminels).
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Battery arcs

you could have put in a shorted starter, or

you could have put the big wire to the ground bolt instead of the bolt at the starter solenoid.

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