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The engine of my van blew and I noticed afterwards that the earth strap to the engine was completely corroded. could that have contributed to the blowing of the engine?

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No. If your engine blew, it either ran out of oil or water, or something came apart.

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The negative cable from battery must go to body/earth
If you connect to engine you will have no decent earth for electrics as engine has rubber mounts
Is your corroded terminal causing problems,if not pour boiling water over,let cool,remove and clean.apply terminal grease

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